Results about: soft skills
To increase public awareness of science, researchers are increasingly encouraged to explain what they do and why they do it and in the process they are challenged to break the stereotype of a scientist. But to be able to engage non-scientific audiences, the first step is to know how stir up curiosity about science. In April, Rachel Cruickshank, founder of Barcelona Fun Science, held a workshop using demonstrations and science-play sessions to reach adult audiences at IRB Barcelona.
The Research & Academic Office and Human Resources organised in June two one-day workshops for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows aimed to help young scientists to reflect on their personal strengths and discover their ‘blind spots’. This way, they can increase their self-awareness and be ready for career planning, management and development. Academic career specialist Sarah Blackford has some tricks and tips that might be useful for their next career steps.
On 10 October, IRB Barcelona, in collaboration the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia and the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), held the workshop “Career progression in science - options beyond the bench”, a yearly event aimed at offering insight to young researchers about potential careers outside academia. The idea is to inspire PhD students and offer them a range of career options to consider after they complete their doctoral studies.
“No matter how experienced you are, you always have to think that what you don’t know is more than what you do know”
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.
“If you want to be successful in obtaining a grant, broaden your portfolio when you are a PhD student”
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.