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Saturday, 4 September 2010

Session No.
A1 €20
The Peer Review Process - FULLY BOOKED Free ***
Expanding Career Options Lunch - FULLY BOOKED €20**
Personal & scientific presentation skills - FULLY BOOKED €20
How to manage your research project - FULLY BOOKED €20
  • All sessions are now fully booked.
  • ** The Expanding Career Options lunch (B) is limited to 90 participants. This lunch session is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
  • Any fees paid are non-refundable.
  • Due to time constraints, participants of the Career Day are unable to attend the EMBO Global Exchange & the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance meeting

  • 15 travel grants were available to female participants attending the Career Day on Saturday 4 September thanks to funding received from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


A1 - Make science make sense: how to explain your research to your granny - 10:00 to 12:00 Room H1, Level -1 FULLY BOOKED


Scientists' parents, grandparents and friends often look puzzled when they are confronted with science and they don't seem to understand the importance of the individual scientist's research. Participants of this session will learn how to communicate their own research effectively to non-scientists.

Learn about:

  • What level of information to give
  • How to structure the information to be conveyed
  • What kind of language should be used or avoided
  • How to spark enthusiasm and maintain interest

Trainer: Jon Copley, Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the University of Southampton, free-lance science writer & trainer with SciConnect, UK



A2 - The Peer Review Process - 10:00 to 12:00 Room H2, Level -1 FULLY BOOKED

EMBO Editors will discuss how the peer-review process works, and provide practical advice on how to review papers. Using, for example, Review Process Files, which are published alongside EMBO Journal manuscripts, the course will look at how the review process normally works, what makes a good report, and how editors deal with conflicting reports and other difficult situations. Material for the course will be made available prior to the start.



B - Expanding Career Options lunch - 12:00 to 14:00

Room A, Level -1 - FULLY BOOKED

A PhD in the life sciences opens the door to a number of career options, including industry, government and private organisations, science communication and science policy. Scientists who have chosen career paths outside academic research will lead this interactive lunchtime session and talk about their jobs, allowing participants to gain an insight into some of the career options available. Partially funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


The session is organised as round-table discussion over lunch with nine individual speakers, each highlighting one of the following career paths:


1. Science policy:

Rochana Wickramasinghe, Policy Adviser, Royal Society Policy Centre, UK


2. Science management:

Astrid Lunkes, Director, Scientific Affairs, IGBMC, FR


3. Science communication / PR:

Rosina Malagrida i Escalas, Director, Science Communication, Barcelona Science Park, ES


4. Science education:

Thomas Wendt, Educational Director, Experimenta Science Centre, DE


5. Working for non-governmental organizations:

Anne-Laure Page, Epidemiologist, Epicentre, FR


6. Industry 1: Research & development in industry:

Philippe Cronet, Chief Scientific Officer, Eurogentec S.A., BE


7. Industry 2: Doing research in industry:

Claudia Fila, PostDoc Research & Development (Cell Analytics), Roche Diagnostics GmbH, DE


8. Patent lawyer:

Gregor Steglich, Patent Attorney & Attorney at Law, Banse & Pucknus Patent and Law Firm, DE


9. Consulting:

Carmen Martin Ruiz-Jarabo, McKinsey & Co., ES




C1 - Personal & scientific presentation skills workshop: how to capture your audience - 14:00 to 17:45
Room H1, Level -1 FULLY BOOKED

The goal of this workshop is to develop an ability to create and deliver successful presentations with confidence. In the first part, participants will learn about the influence of non-verbal communication on both self perception and confidence as well as how they are perceived by others. Participants will have the opportunity to practice body language that will enhance their self-confidence and authenticity. The second part is dedicated to learning about how to design clear and effective scientific presentations.

Trainers: Jon Copley, Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the University of Southampton, free-lance science writer & trainer with SciConnect, UK and Alfons Duczek, free-lance theater pedagogist, Heidelberg, DE



C2 - Managing your research project workshop - 14:00 to 17:45 Room H2, Level -1 FULLY BOOKED

This workshop is designed to support young researchers in developing project and time management skills. The workshop will help participants to:

  • Understand the need for clear project definition
  • Think strategically about ensuring project progression
  • Develop robust project plans and identify ways to stick to plans
  • Identify, prioritise and manage project risks
  • Control and manage the day to day project activities

Trainer: Billy Uber, metisleadership GbR, Baden Baden, DE