Under a common theme of “Breaking Down Complexity: Innovative Models and Techniques in Biomedicine”, ENABLE Barcelona offered participants a bird’s-eye view of current biomedicine, with eight highly renowned researchers presenting their state-of-the-art research in four interconnected sessions.
Scientific sessions and keynote speakers
Building the Foundations of Biology:
Synthetic and Cellular Research
The OMICS Revolution:
Understanding the Layers of Life
In Vitro to in Vivo:
Modeling Life in 3D
From Discovery to Cure:
The Future of Therapeutics
Additional scientific activities
ENABLE also offered eight master classes, where scientific articles were critically analysed by a renowned researcher in active discussion with attendees. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with the speakers face-to-face, either during career chats, the daily lunch session, coffee breaks, or the networking-focused event Tapas with speakers. Participants could also present their own research in short talks as well as a multitudinous poster session.
The aim of the ENABLE career day was to provide chances for careers in science outside of the academic landscape. This was achieved through workshops on soft skills, career chats with non-academic science professionals, and an opportunity fair.
28 companies presented themselves, their portfolio, and any job opportunities they had to offer, with more than a dozen advertised job openings. Participants could not only get insight into career paths to consider, but also find out what companies require from prospective applicants, and network with contacts directly within the companies.
To get direct feedback on everyone’s own career choices, 13 company representatives and ENABLE keynote speakers answered questions on their individual career paths, including obstacles and surprising opportunities, during intimate career chat sessions.
Workshops were intensive courses for small groups to help the personal and professional development of young researchers.
The following workshops were offered:
- Transferable skills
- Assessing career options
- Preparing a job interview
- Goals and time management
- Science communication and public engagement
- Scientific writing
- Intellectual property valuation and knowledge transfer
- Business planning and innovation in life sciences
Apart from bringing young scientists together, ENABLE further aimed at communicating biomedical research to the general public. With this aim, ENABLE initiated direct discussions between scientists and the public. During “Ask the scientist”, researchers and public figures discussed the challenges, advances, and ethical qualms of the fight against cancer in the 21st century. In a cross-disciplinary session, scientists and well-known non-scientific guests were invited to a panel discussion on the importance of leadership, within and outside of the academic world. At four bars in different neighbourhoods of Barcelona, 16 ENABLE participants presented their research to the general public in an informal setting, accompanied by food and beer.
Primary and secondary school students were also invited to IRB Barcelona, to be taken on a journey into what it means to be a scientist. Primary school children were introduced to the scientific method by performing fun experiments, while for teenagers, ENABLE volunteers organised a session where students could directly ask PhD students and Postdocs what it’s like to work in academia.
The organising committee
Ambra Dondi – Giovanni Giangreco -Elisa Magistrati
Gianmarco Di Mauro – Gemma Turon – Sanja Zivanovic
Elja Louer – Wouter Verdurmen – Helena Xicoy
Alexander Hogrebe – Teresa Ho Lai Fong – Meeli Mullari
Local organising committee
Sanja Zivanovic – Busra Topal – Alexandra Balaceanu – Laura González – Diana Domínguez – Madhulika Rai – Diana Buitrago – Gianmarco di Mauro – Susana Barros – Elzbieta Szulc – Jery Joy – Gemma Turon – Alicia Llorente – Cristina Fuster – Manuel Cañete – Paula Climent – Saska Ivanova – Daniela Kalafatovic – Antonija Kuzmanic – Miguel Rovira – Fernando Salvador – Macarena Sánchez – Nina Schweizer – Ricardo Silva dos Santos – Giorgia Testoni – Jürgen Walther