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Shaping the Future of Metastasis Research: Welcome to the EVOMET Project Mid-Term School




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The EVOMET Mid-Term School is a beacon of innovation, offering young researchers hands-on experience in state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, a crucial step in unraveling the complexities of cancer metastasis.

This event highlights the power of collaboration and the role of creativity in pushing the boundaries of cancer research, fostering a culture where innovation thrives.

Between 24 and 27 October, IRB Barcelona was abuzz with the activities of the EVOMET Project Mid-Term School

This four-day event, part of the Innovative Training Networks Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, supported by the European Commission, is at the forefront of transforming our understanding and treatment of cancer metastasis. 

With a consortium of 12 world-class institutions dedicated to training 15 young researchers, EVOMET is making significant strides in the field.




Workshop on Microscopy: Unveiling the Microscopic Universe

One of the pillars of the EVOMET Mid-Term School is the Workshop on Microscopy. In the pursuit of unraveling the complexities of cancer metastasis, researchers must venture into the microscopic universe. This workshop was a unique opportunity for participants to gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art microscopy techniques. 

Experts guided them through the intricacies of confocal microscopy, super-resolution imaging, and advanced live-cell imaging. By delving into these cutting-edge techniques, the future researchers are equipped to uncover the hidden secrets of metastatic cancer, ultimately leading to breakthroughs in treatment.

We want to thank Julien ColombelliAnna LladóNikos GiakoumakisChong ZhangLídia Bardia, and Theresa Suckert for contributing to the success of the EVOMET Mid-Term School by leading the Microscopy training sessions.




Innovation Workshop: Forging New Pathways in Cancer Research

Innovation is the lifeblood of scientific progress, and the EVOMET Innovation Workshop emphasizes its pivotal role in cancer research. Participants had the opportunity to engage with leaders in the field, share ideas, and explore new methodologies that challenge conventional thinking. 

In the quest to tackle cancer metastasis, innovation is the driving force behind the development of novel treatment strategies, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions. This workshop fostered a culture of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, ensuring that the next generation of researchers is well positioned to make groundbreaking contributions to the field.

We want to express our gratitude to Tiago Oliveira Botelho, Alba Olivares, and Delia Zafra for contributing to the success of the event by leading the Innovation training sessions.


Outreach Activities: Bridging Science and Society

Beyond the laboratory and academic settings, the EVOMET Project recognises the importance of engaging with the broader community. As part of the Mid-Term School, an outreach activity was organized that seeks to bridge the gap between scientific research and the teenagers in schools, thereby fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of cancer metastasis research. The students from two different schools will have the chance to get to know more about the EVOMET PhD students during a speed dating activity on Thursday morning.


The EVOMET Project Mid-Term School at IRB Barcelona is a pivotal moment in the journey to understand and combat cancer metastasis. With workshops dedicated to microscopy and innovation, as well as a commitment to outreach and public engagement, EVOMET is setting a high standard for research excellence. 

By training the next generation of researchers, fostering innovation, and connecting with the public, EVOMET is paving the way for a future in which metastatic cancer is better understood and more effectively treated. This four-day event is not only a significant step in the fight against cancer but also a testament to the power of collaboration and knowledge sharing in the scientific community.


About IRB Barcelona

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).