Peter Jung was Postdoctoral Fellow in Eduard Batlle’s Colorectal Cancer lab between 2009 and 2015. Now he is Principal Investigator at the Institute of Pathology Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. This institute is a partner site of the DKTK Cancer Consortium, coordinated by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). “Life and science are an on-going learning process with new challenges to encounter with every new project,” he says.
Eva Novoa was one of the first students to complete a PhD in as part of the ”la Caixa”/IRB Barcelona International PhD Programme in Biomedicine. She was a PhD student at IRB Barcelona between 2008 and 2012. Six months ago, she moved to Sydney, Australia to join the Garvan Institute of Medical Research as a Senior Research Officer. She just received the Young Research Award from the Catalan Society for Biology.
The students enrolled in the second edition of A Future in Biomedicine have just completed their academic year at IRB Barcelona. On 7 June, the five scientists presented the research projects they carried out at IRB Barcelona during their 8-month internships. While pipetting in the lab, they continued to study for their last year of degree at their respective universities. Enric Ros, who worked in Xavier Salvatella's lab, and Anna Ferrer, who joined Angel Nebreda's lab, talk to in vivo about their journey.
How can young scientists obtain funding to continue their research as postdocs? IRB Barcelona’s Research and Academic Administration Department is here to help them. In the most recent workshop they organised, “How to be successful in your postdoctoral fellowship application”, held on 12 July, in vivo approached the Irish chemist Eimer Tuite, Senior Lecturer in Biophysical Chemistry at Newcastle University (UK), and evaluator of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) to learn some tricks that might be useful for young researchers interested in applying for one of these grants.
Open access is the future of scientific publications. The EU's H2020 funding and the 2011 Spanish Science Law require scientists to make their research freely available. In May, the Institute signed an agreement with the University of Barcelona that gives IRB Barcelona access to their repository. Ignasi Labastida, a physicist by training, works at the Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) at the UB and is in charge of the University's open access activities. He explains the importance of the repository, and what to do to make sure researchers' scientific production is freely accessible.
One of the faces behind EU Horizon 2020’s ENABLE (European Academy for Biomedical Science) project is that of Clara Caminal, Head of the Academic & International Scientific Affairs Office. She sees the coordination of this European project as “a great success” for the Institute and “a significant achievement” in her career. She is convinced that taking part in the organisation of scientific conferences, the focus of ENABLE, will be “a tremendous experience” for young researchers. “It'll be an opportunity for them to gain valuable experience in organising an international symposium with European partners,” she adds.
Upon hearing the news about the Syrian refugee camps in Greece, Ferran Aragon, Senior Research Officer at IRB Barcelona, was troubled.
With a postdoc degree in developmental biology and a master’s in science history, this 36-old-scientist was prompted to take action when he learnt about the plight of the hundreds of thousands of people leaving the coasts of Turkey in search of a safer shore in Europe. The situation in this region was steadily deteriorating, when in February he decided to leave his lab bench and use his 3-week vacation to travel to the Greek island of Lesbos—the focal point of a humanitarian emergency.
He arrived on the island on the very day that German...
“I like new challenges, I like facing changes. I am not afraid to embark on a new adventure”. Academic Coordinator Patricia Nadal (Valencia, 1984) said these words in May when she left IRB Barcelona to become Programme Manager at the ”la Caixa” Foundation. After a little over six years at the Institute, she has moved on to run the international PhD Programme (INPhINIT) that the Foundation—an established partner of many activities launched by IRB Barcelona—is currently setting up. A specialist in Human Resources and Tourism, Patricia also combined her career at IRB Barcelona with postgraduate training in Human Resources and Management, a qualification she obtained in 2016.
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Piven is an artist who has become famous for, as he says, playing with things. His distinctive and quirky celebrity collages have graced the covers of most major magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire UK, Der Spiegel. The author of award-winning books and Apps, Piven has lectured extensively about creativity and communication in many venues across the world. He leads workshops follow the principles of his own collage technique and encourage young people to experiment with common day-to-day objects and pieces of the world around them to create their own works of art.