Following the scientific theme of the symposium, “Next-generation life scientists: Side by side to break new ground”, seven renowned keynote speakers from the field shared their expertise and experience in four sessions across several topics like personalised medicine, advanced imaging, big data and fundamental research.
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Scientific sessions and keynote speakers
Ramat Gan, Israel
University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Francis Crick Institute
London, United Kingdom
ENABLE aims to awaken the professional curiosity of young scientists. We recognize that the conventional academic path may not be for everyone, and getting a sense of what is out there empowers people to move forward. At Enable 2019 we covered the areas we think are essential to developing a professional future as a Ph.D.
Workshops were intensive courses for small groups to help the personal and professional development of young researchers. We offered 11 workshops:
- “Networking with Purpose” by Kate Jones (Vitae)
- “Tell your Professional Story!” by Christine Taylor (Storycraft)
- “Finding Your Strength(s)” by Ana Ferreira
- “Your Next Step Outside Academia” by Monique Kropman, Gerda Nachtegaal, Shira Hurenkamp
- “Designing Informative Studies and Publishing Null Results” by Daniël Lakens
- “Find Your Funding” by Rachel van Swelm (Valorisation Radboudumc)
- “The Secrets of Science Communication” by Lucas Sanchez (Scienseed)
- “Attract Attention with Your Poster and Pitch” by Myrte van Hilten
- “The Art of Presenting Science – Actors Skills to Make Most of Your Presenting” by Gijs Meeusen (Artesec)
- “Researcher Wellbeing and Mental Health” by Kate Jones (Vitae)
- “Secrets from a Reviewer – How to Get Your Paper Accepted” by Jos van der Meer
Career Chats overcome the classical format of career development roundtables providing a more direct interaction between PhD and Postdocs and professionals that hold a PhD but moved beyond academic research. Each session lasted 30 min and involved 8-12 participants who had the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the professionals participating in that session. At the end of the allotted time, participants were able to move on to another Career Chat with a different professional.
In our career-chats with fourteen professionals, including PIs, scientific officers, patent managers, and company specialists from pharma and biotech, the attendees had the opportunity to engage in inspiring conversations where queries about life choices and career opportunities were discussed.
During the ENABLE job fair, participants had the opportunity to have a quick check of their CV or LinkedIn profile, and chat with our twenty three company representatives to gain insight on what companies are looking for in potential candidates, and to establish a network with them.
Representatives were present from:
- Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies
- Recruiting agencies
- Editing/publishing companies
- Academic organisations
- Scientific Societies
- Business schools
One of the reasons ENABLE stands out among other conferences is the effort put into the outreach activities. It is a duty of scientists to continually commit to disclosing their work to the general public. The only way we can really become better and create a change in the society we are living in is through having clear and transparent discussions including all of the citizens interested and not just scientists. This is why ENABLE dedicates itself to public outreach activities and why the ENABLE conference started well before all of the participants have arrived.
Collaboration with the InScience Film Festival kicked off ENABLE 2019 outreach activities. During this event, the use of CRISPR/Cas9 and ‘Designer babies’ were up for discussion. Public, together with experts participating in the panel, had the opportunity to shed some light on the science and ethical issues behind the development of CRISPR/Cas9 technology.
Another part of the outreach was dedicated to schools. In Groesbeek, a set of activities was held with the aim of making Life Science and Human Biology more approachable, clear and interesting to the students. The interactive approach of the workshops had a lot of success and the youngest ENABLE participants had the chance to learn many new things all while playing and having fun.
“Half a century of biomedical research: what have we achieved?” was a lecture senior citizens of Nijmegen had a chance to attend in a full room of the retirement home. Alessandra Cambi, the head of the Radboud UMC Cell Biology department, highlighted the most important achievements of biomedicine research until today.
The organising committees
Local organising committee
Abbey Arp – Alisa Potter – Anouk Becker – Camille Le Gall – Carlijn Bruggeling – Cristina Graham Martinez – Francesca Tiso – Inge Wortel – Iris Hagemans – Jolien Freriksen – Laura Miesen – Lieke Claessens-Joosten – Lisanne Gommers – René Raavé – Rens Peeters – Rutger Röring – Tariq Haddad – Yvonne Bartels