Satellite events

Since this year the ENABLE conference will be held online, we want to give you the opportunity to be part of the organizing team as ENABLEr!

If you are interested to become an ENABLEr, you should submit a proposal to organize in-site one day or half a day-events at your own institution. These events or activities should be addressed to the institution’s young researchers’ communities at the aim of extending their scientific knowledge, at getting insight into different career alternatives or at communicating science to the general public.

The scope must be aligned with the ENABLE spirit (promote biomedical sciences enabling the collaboration within different disciplines, supporting and empowering young researchers, strengthening scientific careers and allowing for greater interaction with non-academic actors and stakeholders).

The topic of the proposed satellite events should be related to the 4th ENABLE symposium’s scientific topic (as broad as possible to allow everyone to participate) or to career development. Moreover, it should reflect the ENABLE spirit aiming to involve young scientists in the organization and promote networking by giving the chance to participants to share their personal experiences with other peers and guests.

The list of awarded grants

1. “ENABLE your Career: PhD, and What’s Next!”

Date:

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Institution:

Centre for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) and University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain

Format:

in person at the CIMA and University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. At the moment we aim to host all the events in-person. Depending on the Coronavirus situation, we might adopt an online format if necessary. This decision will be made in mid April.

Registration:

TBA

Brief description of the event:

We invite to you the three events being organized as a part of ENABLE 2021: “Academia Vs. Industry: Choosing your Career Path”, “Science N Shots”, “Scientist for a Day”. These events are especially organized for Early career researchers (ECRs): PhD students and early career post-docs.  

“Academia Vs. Industry: Choosing your Career Path” is an interactive roundtable event. Early career researchers (ECRs) will engage in stimulating conversations with experts in different biomedical fields with experience in both academia and industry. Drop by to ask questions and get tips on how to achieve your career goals, promote scientific knowledge and excel in interdisciplinary networking.

“Science N Shots” is a pub talk event organized for highlighting the research of ECRs at our institution. Presenters will share their research in an engaging format with peers while enjoying a beer at a local pub. Live Q & A will follow to spur fascinating discussions, increase scientific knowledge and team spirit. You will be able to sign up to present your mind-blowing science at a pub!

“Scientist for a Day” is an outreach event where primary school students will learn about science through fun experiments and puzzles organized by young researchers from our institution. We hope to inspire the next generation of biomedical researchers, while giving ECRs an opportunity to improve their leadership and science communication skills. If you are an ECR and would like to be a science communicator at this event, sign up!

Through ¨ENABLE your Career: PhD, and What’s Next!¨, we hope to make science approachable and exciting for everybody, and ENABLE our ECRs to advance their personal as well as professional life goals.

2. “Targeting translational biomedicine through interdisciplinary science”

Date:

Monday 10th May 2021

Institution:

Maimónides Institute for Biomedical Research of Córdoba (IMIBIC), Cordoba, Spain

Format:

virtual event

Registration

online registration here

Brief description of the event:

This event is aimed at young biomedical researchers, PhD and Master students, to provide them a broader picture of the role of interdisciplinary science in biomedical research and a global perspective of career development pathways, as well to strengthen their scientific communication skills. These objectives will be achieved through the following main activities:

a) Career development session: Five postdoctoral fellows that have been recently incorporated at the IMIBIC through the “IMIBIC P2Med Fellowship Programme for Personalised and Precision Medicine”, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Programme, will summarize their personal experiences as examples of scientific biomedical careers in 10 min talks. The session will be followed by a round table and an informal and virtual coffee break.

b) Interdisciplinary science session: This session will be composed by ten 10 min oral communications, which will be carried out by PhD students. The scientific topics to be addressed in this session will include (i) aging, (ii) metabolic and endocrine disorders, (iii) infectious and immunological diseases, (iv) cancer, and (v) chronic and inflammatory diseases, according to the main five scientific programs of the IMIBIC.

c) Plenary session: Óscar Fernández-Capetillo, group Leader of the Genomic Instability Group of the CNIO (Madrid, Spain), as an example of a successful biomedical career, will give a 1-hour plenary talk. Besides the scientific content, the invited speaker will talk about the development of soft skills, team management and fundraising.

d) Science communication and dissemination: This session aims to highlight the importance of science communication to society, including, among others, general population, patient societies, and school students. The session will be carried out by the Unit of Scientific Culture and Innovation (UCC+i) of IMIBIC.

3. “Bridging the gap between academic, clinical and industry collaborations: impact across the research lifecycle”

Date:

Monday 10th May 2021

Institution:

University College London (UCL), London, UK

Format:

virtual event via Zoom

Registration:

free online registration via Eventbrite here 

Brief description of the event:

University College London (UCL) is internationally recognised as a leader in biomedicine, with more than 42,000 students from 150 different countries. The UCL Personalised Medicine and Cancer Domains Early Careers Networks (ECNs), are UCL associations formed by a number of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior PIs with diverse backgrounds. Since their inception in 2015, these ECNs have organised multiple events providing support, practical advice, and training to young researchers, in several aspects of their professional and personal development.

As a part of ENABLE 2021, we will organise a virtual half-day workshop promoting the career development of early-career researchers. Our workshop will cover elements such as patient and public involvement (PPI), intellectual property (IP), and developing ideas from bench to business, as they are becoming key when applying for research funding, but also for academic career promotion. If a research proposal does not include a well-structured PPI component, or the impact of research studies in terms of possible IP elements derived from it is not well-defined, the possibility of success considerably decreases. Moreover, being able to properly pitch your ideas is key to secure funding or obtaining the position you applied for. We also should not forget the impact our research could have on public policy.

Our workshop would provide the attendees with a broad but carefully chosen overview of these components and some advice to easily implement them in their own research projects. It is important for scientists to develop these skills at early stages of their career, through appropriate training. We would also have a networking session to encourage further discussion between participants!

Join us for ‘Bridging the gap between academic, clinical and industry collaborations: impact across the research lifecycle’ on Monday, May 10th, 2021. Free registration via Eventbrite.

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                                                                  Preliminary Programme
*10 – 11 h Pitching your research ideas
11 – 12 h Introduction to PPI: what can PPI do for you?
12 – 12.30 h Lunch Break
12.30 – 13.30 h Research Impact: Regulation and IP
13.30 – 14.30 h Impact of your research in Public Policy: Pathways to Engagement
14.30 – 15.00 h Time for networking

*British Summer Time (BST), UTC +1

4. “How to simplify science without inaccuracies”

Date:

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Institution:

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Barcelona, Spain

Format:

virtual event

Registration:

free online registration here

Brief description of the event:

In the last year, due to the pandemic that we are living through, science is one of the main topics not only in journals but also in different radio/television programs and social media. With the rising interest in science, it also came a rising publication of wrong or inaccurate pieces of information, which has led to a general confusion in the public whether to trust or not to trust different aspects of science and medicine, such as vaccines (i.e. AstraZeneca vaccine).

The event, that will consist of a series of seminars, workshops and a final contest, aim to give scientists some tips on how to improve their abilities in science communication for the general public.


The activities will be divided in:

– 3 hours of short seminars by scientific communication experts with different backgrounds (journalists and scientific communicators on social networks, such as Instagram).

– At the end of the seminars, we will try to organize small groups of people for a workshop that will last 1 hour more. Trying to take advantage of the tips received in the seminars, we will give to the participants a piece of news or a scientific topic, and we will discuss different ways to communicate it to the public. The groups then will be able to use the concepts they learn during the session to prepare a small communication on this scientific topic and participate in our “Scientific communication contest”. In this contest, a group of 3 non-scientific volunteers will evaluate the communications according to different criteria (whether it is understandable, attractive, etc.). The winner group will be awarded a small amount of money as a way to encourage participation.

5. “POP UP LAB – Improv meets Biomedicine”

Website:

www.popup-lab.com

Institution:

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), Copenhagen, Denmark

Date:

Monday 10th May 2021

Format:

In person at KBH+ Askovfonden, Emblasgade 175, 2100 København

Streaming live here

Registration:

free online registration here

Brief description of the event:

Through the ‘POP UP LAB – Improv meets Biomedicine’, we will use improvised theater as a medium to engage our audience with some of the latest scientific research in biomedicine.

What is Improvised Comedy?
It Is a form of theatre where the performers create scenes on the spot, solely based on the audience’s suggestions.

The event will consist of a catered performance that revolves around a guest-scientist’s research. 

In a joint effort to foster a realistic portrayal of scientists as relatable individuals and promote biomedical research communications, the improvisers will develop a performance with and about a PhD student’s research and scientific life, invited as a guest speaker. The speaker will initally present his research topic to the audience and then, through comedy improv, the actors will engage the audience with the very content of a researcher’s work (their research presentation, their published material, their lab routine, etc.). At the same time, the show will tackle current trends and challenges in the world of biomedical research. 

The show is designed to enhance public access to scientific information and scientists, with the aim of improving public confidence and stimulating curiosity about biomedicine and science in general.

*COVID-19
Remember that in order to attend you need to have a negative corona test (max 72hours old) or a Corona pass. If you are feeling unwell please follow guidelines and do not attend the event. We have limited seats so please do cancel your reservation to allow someone else to attend if you can’t.’