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‘The best package of your story' / Talking science

Eliane Neuteboom


As a scientist there’s nothing better than sharing knowledge and talking about your own research. Right? However, sometimes it can be very challenging to get your message across. For you, it makes perfect sense how important and interesting your research is. Why doesn’t the audience get your point? In this workshop I will share the tips and tricks we use at University of the Netherlands to give your presentation a boost. I’ll tell you how to get the most impact with your story and how to keep the audience’s attention. 


Goal: presenting a scientific topic to a wide audience


Eliane works as a content editor at the University of the Netherlands. University of the Netherlands is an online platform where passionate scientists give a lecture to a wide audience. In 15-minutes you will learn something new and get the answer to thought-provoking questions. Always in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way. As an editor Eliane brainstorms with the scientist to get the best out of their story.


What's your story?
Creating belonging in culturally diverse research teams

Dr. Danielle Counotte


Research shows that diverse teams produce stronger research, but that doesn't mean that it is always easy to work together with different people from around the world. Often, we have preconceived notions about other cultures and people from other countries, but these single stories carry the danger of reducing people to stereotypes.

In this workshop, we discover the stereotypes that exist about the different cultures in the room, and we explore whether they are true or not. In addition, we explore how sharing different stories can help build a common lab- or group culture.



From PhD to startup company
Dr. Maarten Loos

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Are you a PhD student and you are considering that academia may not be merely enough for you? In the past years, a growing number of students have joined the industry or even have started up their own company. The transition from academia to  industry may be a complicated subject for you as it requires many considerations in addition to guidance. If you have ever thought of joining the industry then this workshop will provide you with all you need to know!


Maarten obtained his PhD at the VU University Amsterdam, however now he’s holding the position of the CEO at Sylics (Synaptologics BV). The company develops innovative research solutions to enhance preclinical neuroscience. During this workshop subjects such as writing a strong CV for applying to industry, how to find and approach potential employers will be discussed. Furthermore, reflecting on his own experiences, Maarten will highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages of working in the industry that are of high importance.


Hope to see you all there!



Entrepreneurship in science
Prof. dr. Marten Smidt

Thinking about a change after your PhD? Do you want to know how to succeed in business? What skills have you acquired and can be useful in your path outside Academia? 


Maarten Smidt combines his position of Full Professor and PI at the Molecular Neuroscience group at the University of Amsterdam with being founder and CEO of Macrobian-Biotech. His startup's primary goal is to perform pre-clinical research that leads to novel treatments for disorders that affect the midbrain dopamine system. 


Being this nice nexus of both worlds, Prof Smidt will lead us during his workshop through some aspects such as leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship to boost your competences for your next job application.



Let’s create your own graphical abstract!
Jon Jieh-hen Tsung (@DrawBioMed)


Journals are increasingly requesting the submission of a “graphical” or “visual abstract” alongside the body of the article. This is a single, concise, and visual summary of the main findings of the article that allow readers to quickly gain an understanding of the take-home message of the paper.


Have you ever struggled to prepare it? Or are you just interested in boosting your scientific illustration skills? Jon Jieh-hen Tsung was a neuropsychatric researcher that transitioned towards a more artistic angle of science and now leads @DrawBioMed, a scientific illustration community for scientists with platforms in YouTube, Instagram or Twitter.

His workshop will cover the essential principles of making graphical abstracts for your research publications. During the session, he will cover the color, coherence, texts or composition to obtain a graphical abstract worth to appear in Nature Neuroscience 😉.

Preparation: signing up for this workshop? This will be a fully practical course, so it is expected that attendees bring their laptop and install Adobe Illustrator/ Inkscape.



Sustainable science
Gabriela Dankova & Lucia Giannini MD

Maybe you’re already trying to reduce your carbon footprint by eating less meat, putting on a sweater instead of turning up the heat or using or turning off lights and electronic devices as much as possible, but have you ever thought about how you can reduce your carbon footprint in the lab? During this workshop, Lucia and Gabriela will address different aspects of science-related sustainability. You will learn how research activities affect the environment and get practical tips on how to make your research greener. 


Gabriela and Lucia are both PhD-candidates and core team members of Green Labs Netherlands, the Dutch network of sustainability-minded scientists. Gabriela focuses on the organization of the Sustainable Research Symposium and Lucia is primarily concerned with the national implementation of the LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework) project. Both of them are also founders and active members of the Erasmus MC Green Team Biomedical Research. Sign up for this workshop to learn how you can make your research more sustainable.

To prepare for the workshop, bring (or think of) an object from your lab/office space that constitutes, to your idea, the biggest source of waste or energy consumption in your daily work activities. 



Science in the media
Mirthe van der Drift

Mirthe van der Drift works as a radio journalist. She hosts two radio shows on the public broadcast station NPO Radio 1 (Focus and Fris!) and the podcast Focus Wetenschap for NTR. 


In this workshop we will explore the various possibilities of communicating science to different audiences. We will talk about what to take into account when communicating your research with audiences outside the scientific community. We will discuss the different types of media outlets in the Netherlands and why it could be interesting for you to reach out to them. There will also be the opportunity for you to practice your interview skills and to review your science communication plans around podcasting. Of course, there is plenty of room for you to ask any media-related questions!


To prepare for the workshop, think about how your research project (or just a small part of it) relates to current issues in society.



FAIR Research Data Management
Dorien Huijser & dr. Jacques Flores

Can’t see the wood for the trees anymore in that bulk of data you’ve gathered or start to collect for your PhD? In this workshop, Dorien Huijser and Jacques Flores will help you get started with the core principles of Research Data Management: FAIR, data collection, data documentation and data sharing.


With the knowledge acquired you will be able to get started with gathering, handling, preserving and sharing your research data. Moreover, you'll be one step closer to making your data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR), an important component of practicing open science. Dorien is a research data manager, supporting researchers with data privacy and other research data management related questions. Jacques is an information and research data management specialist. He supports researchers and students throughout the various stages of the research workflow. From data collection, storage, management and analysis to data sharing and accessibility. Both of them have a background in neuroscience.

Bring your laptop with some of your own data to this workshop and get hands on tips and tricks on how to manage it!



Ethics of brain organoids
Dr. Eline Bunnik

Hot and happening in neuroscience research are brain organoids. A very cool technique, but have you thought about the ethical implications involved with it? What do you think is the moral status of brain organoids? What are the limits on the research we can do using brain organoids?

Dr. Eline Bunnik is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine at Erasmus MC. She is ethics advisor to national and international research projects and working groups.

In this workshop, Dr. Bunnik will open the ethical discussion about brain organoids. In an interactive session, she will challenge you to think about ethical questions. You will learn to recognize and discuss ethical issues of brain organoid research and in the process, you may discover your point of view in this interesting discussion.