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Peer Review: meeting the challenges
    Thursday July 12, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Liffey Hall 1

    ‘Stem cell research is being blocked by biased reviewers’; ‘Peer review keeps scientists firmly grounded’; ‘Impact factors corrupting peer review’. These are just some of the recent discussions among researchers, the media and the public about challenges to peer reviewed publishing. Peer review results in 1.3 million learned articles being published each year and is fundamental to the integration of new research findings in hundreds of fields of inquiry.
    Many early career researchers want to find out about the peer review process, how to get involved in reviewing, and what to make of public discussions about fraud and misleading research claims in science and medicine. The typical questions raised by early career researchers will be addressed in a short guide that will be distributed to participants and discussed at the session.
    This interactive session will be a chance for early career researchers to directly question academics and editors closely involved in the peer review process. It will explore how peer review works, approach some of the criticisms of the process, and discuss whether peer review has wider implications in society beyond the research world.

    American University in Cairo, Egypt

    Editor, the Lancet Infectious Diseases

    Committee on Publication Ethics, UK

    Sense About Science, UK

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization Sense About Science
  • Organiser Julia Wilson
  • Tags CP1


CANCELLED Creating the ideal workplace for women researchers in STEM
    Thursday July 12, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    We regret that this session has been cancelled and will no longer be taking place.


    The gender balance in research in science, technology, engineering and maths is a concern across Europe. The numbers of women are low, and few hold senior positions.

    Join us for this lively discussion and speaker session, which aims to generate a vision of the research environment that will enable women to participate and progress equally alongside their male colleagues. The benefits of this diverse and thriving research workforce will be set out.

    The empowerment of decision makers, organisational structures, career progression, development and support, and work-life balance will all be up for debate.

    Four expert speakers will share their visions of a gender-balanced future in STEM research and identify strategies to transform. The speakers will also outline the INTEGER Project, an EC FP7-funded initiative focussing on women researchers in STEM.

    The session will be chaired by Ronan O’Beirne, Director for Learning Development and Research at Bradford College (UK). There will be an emphasis on audience participation through hand held voting, open discussion and feedback.

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

    Graduate and Post-doctoral Skills Development Officer, Department...

    Šiauliai Universitetas, Lithuania

    Bradford College, UK

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization Bradford College, UK
  • Organiser Ruth Wilson
  • Tags CP3


Can outreach make you a better scientist?
    Thursday July 12, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    Although most funding agencies and research institutions now recognise the value of engaging the public about scientific research, performing outreach is often regarded as an add-on to a scientist's day job, rather than an integral part of it. Worse, scientists who communicate their work to the media or the public often encounter the view that these activities somehow make them second-class researchers, or that they are wasting valuable research time.
    This workshop will explore the idea that engaging wider audiences should be part and parcel of doing science, and that scientists who do communicate improve not only their career prospects, but also enrich their research and boost their ability to collaborate, innovate and increase the impact of their work.
    The workshop will include short talks illustrating how outreach can synergise with research, including a first-hand account from an academic who builds public engagement into his field work. There will also be a series of interactive exercises to help delegates identify outreach opportunities for their own research and to start developing the skills needed to realise them.

    SciConnect Limited, UK

    Quercus Training, UK

    Southampton University, UK

    European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization SciConnect Limited
  • Organiser Claire Ainsworth
  • Tags CP5



How to make a successful transition from academia to industry
    Friday July 13, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Liffey Hall 1

    As the number of PhD graduates worldwide continues to increase the percentage of graduates who can remain within the academic system has greatly reduced. As such, there is an increasing pool of highly qualified postdoctoral researchers looking towards alternative careers. It is envisaged that many of these positions will be in industry. However, the number of PhD graduates currently moving to industry appears to be very small. In order to increase this number and to facilitate easier transition from academia to industry there is a need for increased interaction and discussion between academic institutions and industry. This will inform potential employers of the transferrable skills acquired during a doctoral degree and also inform academic institutions as to how to build career development appropriate to the needs of industry into PhD programmes towards the needs of industry. There is also considerable scope for increased PhD programmes run jointly between academia and industry.

    This session will commence with contrasting perspectives from a number of stakeholders (academia, industry, policy and a PhD graduate) on their views of the problems as well as the potential opportunities in moving from academia to industry. The first part of the session will serve to frame the issue and will be followed by an interactive panel discussion of the issues highlighted with questions from attendees. Interactive discussion will help to highlight the potential value of PhD trained researchers to the industry sector while providing academic institutions and researchers with a more clearly defined focus on the additional skills or training that would make PhD graduates more suitable for industry. The list of proposed panellists will allow for discussion of the issues not only at a national level but also in Europe and the US.

    Vice President for Research and Innovation, University College...

    CEO Siemens Healthcare (former Harvard Professor) Dr Gregory...

    Vice president, Scientific Council, Université Paris-Sud Pr...

    Irish Research Staff Association Dr. John Walsh is Ussher Lecturer...

    University College Dublin, Ireland   A bioinformatics postdoctoral...

    Research and New Business Development, Director, Intel Irel...

    Cabinet member in the office of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European...

    Type Careers Programme, The Diversity of Careers for Researchers
    Host Organization Euroscience Ireland & Irish Research Staff Association
  • Organiser Fionnuala Hickey
  • Tags CP7


What is the future of the PhD in the 21st century?
    Friday July 13, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    The number of science PhDs produced globally each year is growing fast. Yet the PhD’s oft-intended aim – to prepare students for a life in academia – is an outdated one. In some countries, people who have trained at great effort, length and expense to be researchers confront a dwindling number of academic jobs. Is the PhD in dire need of reform?
    This session will discuss current challenges to the PhD system and explore how it is changing at some institutions, and should be changed more broadly in the European Union and beyond. Panellists in doctoral education will present their visions for the science PhD of the future – and offer advice to research leaders, policy makers and students on how to best equip students for the 21st-century science workplace, based on their views, research and specific programmes that might serve as models.

    A consultant whose company focuses on supporting universities...

    Editor, Nature Careers  

    University of Washington, USA Professor of higher education...

    Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland Head of the Graduate...

    National Institute of Health, USA Founder of the NIH-Oxford/Cambridge...

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization Nature Careers
  • Organiser Gene Russo
  • Tags CP9


The perennial career dilemma: academia or industry - is there a third way?
    Friday July 13, 2012 12:15pm - 1:15pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    It is a fact well-known to HR professionals and educators worldwide: young people who wish to build a long-lasting career in life sciences always end-up facing a dilemma. Will they build a career in the academic world, or will they go into industry (big pharma or biotech alike)?

    What if this dilemma didn't exist and a flexible career-structure was possible in which researchers could move back and forth between academia and industry?


    Can we capitalize on the best of both worlds, faciliate cross-fertilization and make life-long learning a reality? Is this a model in which we should invest? 


    We have asked five young researchers to discuss this in a lunchtime session starting from their own personal perspective – in interaction with the delegates with the aim of sparking some original thinking.


    University of Antwerp, Belgium

    University of Antwerp, Belgium

    Research Director, Irish Universities Association

    Ion Mincu University Bucharest, Romania

    University Belgrade, Serbia

    Janssen Infectious Diseases, Belgium

    Type Careers Programme, Events
    Host Organization Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Organiser Frederik Wittock
  • Tags EP11


Role Models for Mobility: Portraits of Women from the Marie Curie Fellows Association
    Friday July 13, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    It is more recognised and accepted nowadays that mobility is a key-factor in achieving a successful scientific career. The benefits gained from the mobility experience range from acquiring news skills, being exposed to new cultures, opening of new horizons, exchanging of information, getting access to better research facilities etc..
    For almost 20 years the Marie Curie Fellowships have been one of the main instruments to promote a culture of ‘mobility’ in the European Union and beyond. However the numbers of women who leave their country to go and spend a period ‘abroad’ is still limited and even less is still the number of women who reach the top level in their career.
    It can be difficult to fulfil the needs of a couple, what is called dual-career or even more settling down to have a family. Quite often the ‘mobility’ is seen as an obstacle rather than a mean to achieve both. In addition ‘mobility’ can be daunting as there is no guarantee to find a place in the previous Host Institution or country once the ‘mobility’ period is over.
    The Women in Science Working Group of the Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA) will present the experiences of women who have been ‘mobile’ and also been successful in their career without losing the focus of having a life-work balance.

    European Research Council

    Marie Curie Fellows Association

    Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania   Maria...

    ENVIROpro, Germany

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Type Careers Programme, The Global Researcher
    Host Organization Marie Curie Fellows Association
  • Organiser Giovanna Avellis
  • Tags CP10


How should Europe re-invent doctoral training?
    Friday July 13, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    Europe's universities play a key role in the economic recovery, implementing the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

    Developed economies rely on new knowledge and highly skilled knowledge workers to feed a process of continuous innovation. Over the last five to seven years many Member States have modernised their system of doctoral training with a Europe-wide trend to move from the traditional model of a "master-apprentice relationship" towards doctoral training delivered in structured programmes for cohorts of candidates.
    Our economy needs better matching of supply (training of researchers) and demand (recruitment of researchers) and the Innovation Union acknowledges this in its commitments.

    In line with the Europe 2020 objectives, doctoral training is key to creating more and better jobs as it provides young high potentials with the right qualification to move into a wide range of employment sectors. More structured forms of doctoral training, following common Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training in Europe are vital for realising these commitments.

    The Principles refer to:

    1) Research excellence,

    2) Attractive institutional environment (in line with the Charter & Code),

    3) Interdisciplinary research options,

    4) Exposure to industry and other relevant employment sectors

    5) International networking,

    6) Transferable skills training,

    7) Quality assurance.

    The Commission launched a pilot scheme for 2012-2014 in order to test a small series of Innovative Doctoral Programmes, including European Industrial Doctorates. This pilot could be a precursor for funding under Horizon 2020 and could set an example for other funding instruments at national and EU levels. July-December 2012 a team of experts will visit 36 doctoral programmes and interview 36 more to check the feasibility of the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training. The checking starts in Dublin!

    Research Director, Irish Universities Association

    University of Hasselt, Belgium |   | Specialisation in sustainable...

    University of Cambridge, UK

    Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, University...

    Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization DG Research and Innovation
  • Organiser Kitty Fehringer
  • Tags CP11



How to get a job in industry: straight-talking from leading research managers
    Saturday July 14, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Liffey Hall 1

    As work becomes increasingly more global and the pace of change drives greater levels of innovation, the need for employers to find people with the right technical skills, who can adapt to the competitive landscape and work on an international level across cultures and time zones becomes critical to the success of the individual businesses. Representatives from some of Ireland’s leading technology companies will describe what they are looking for when it comes to hiring college graduates in today’s business climate. These representatives will come from large multinational companies and small to medium size enterprises, as well as from representatives who have worked both in academia and industry.


    The session will begin with 4*10 minute presentations ( verbal only) from each of the panellists outlining their companies/organisations and describing what they would be looking for in a candidate. The final 40 minutes of a ‘fish bowl’  session will be used to do 3 mock-up interviews, on stage, with some brave candidates selected ahead of time and the speakers acting as an interview panel. Each of the students will be asked a question from 3 of the panellists, with the 4th panellist providing input on how the interview went. The interviewee will get some brief feedback from the panel post the interview.


    Chemistry Undergraduate, University College Dublin

    Lab Director, IBM Research Ireland   Lisa Amini is a Distinguished...

    Founder and CEO of Innopharma Group, IrelandProfessor Ian Jones...

    Research and New Business Development, Director, Intel Irel...

    Biochemistry Undergraduate, University College Dublin

    Vice-President for Research, University of Limerick, Ireland...

    Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, SolarPrint, Ireland

    Science Undergraduate, University College Dublin

    Type Careers Programme, The Diversity of Careers for Researchers
    Host Organization Intel Ireland
  • Organiser Leonard Hobbs
  • Tags CP8


Ethics in research – why is it important to me?
    Saturday July 14, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    Research ethics is an important part of professional life of every researcher and it influences society in multiple ways. However, perception of ethics, its principles and its importance may significantly vary between individuals, disciplines, and countries. Different perceptions and lack of awareness have led to controversial debates about the benefits of science, innovation and new technologies, as well as the societal responsibility of researchers. Younger researchers may be particularly affected, as they rarely have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues. In an era of digital science, where information communication technologies (ICT) are both the subject of and a tool for research, communication and collaboration, ethical issues are gaining increasingly in importance.
    The aim of this interactive round table is to raise awareness and discuss the importance of ethical principles in research and science from different perspectives. Aside from discipline-oriented considerations (such as ICT, life and bio science), the focus will also be on factors influencing researchers' careers, including different ways of providing training on the responsible conduct of research and research ethics. This roundtable aims to trigger an exchange of views from prominent contributors and the audience on this most fundamental, yet too often overlooked, area of research practice.

    European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Belgi...

    University College Dublin, Ireland

    European Molecular Biology Organization and Initiative for Science...

    University of Michigan, Institute for Clinical and Health Research...

    EURODOC - European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior...

    Deloitte Consulting, Denmark

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), Belgium
  • Organiser Snežana Krstić
  • Tags CP13


All-aboard the Brain Train! Experiences of Europe's global scientific diaspora
    Saturday July 14, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    This session will leverage the collective experience of the Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists (WGN) and the European EURAXESS  network to explore how engaging diaspora contributes to the enrichment of scientific careers. The session begins with a 5-minute, audio-visual presentation of “Postcards from Abroad”, featuring WGN members presenting short vignettes of their research careers. The session continues with four, 10-minute presentations from internationally renowned members who will discuss Diaspora in Science and examine broad perspectives of their experiences as global researchers. Approaches to maintaining collaborations at home, while simultaneously forging successful partnerships abroad, will be described.  Two researchers will then join the panel to discuss, with audience interaction, the value of leveraging the global scientific diaspora in maintaining international collaborations and advancing research mobility and give examples of the benefits of trilateral research programs in enabling European scientists to study abroad. The session serves as a preamble to the WGN ‘Breakfast with Champions’, where ESOF participants will engage directly with representatives from industry and academia, as well as science communicators and policy makers. The benefits of professional networking, both virtual and in-person, will be shown during these two events. The WGN serves as an instructive template for the development and maintenance of connections, both at home and abroad, demonstrating that today’s internationally mobile researchers are indeed aboard the ‘brain train’, rather than contributors to a ‘brain drain’.

     National Cancer Institute, USA

    EURAXESS Links USA Project Manager

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA

    Associate Professor, University College Dublin, Ireland

    University of Maryland, USA

    Type Careers Programme, The Global Researcher
    Host Organization Wild Geese Network
  • Organiser Nicholas Farrell
  • Tags CP14


Research Careers in Europe: make your voice heard!
    Saturday July 14, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    Give a voice to researchers on European research careers

    The Innovation Union flagship initiative of October 2010 underlined the importance of human resources and called for a European Research Area (ERA) to be established by 2014 and to be at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy. This was endorsed by the European Council in February 2011.

    The Commission has already taken a series of initiatives to strengthen the research profession in Europe in close cooperation with the Member States.

    Initiatives include:

    • EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion
    • The Institutional Human Resources Strategy (HRS4R)
    • Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training
    • European Framework for Research Careers
    • Pan-European Pension Fund for Researchers

    The session aims at both giving an overview of European initiatives for researcher careers (e.g. open labour market for researchers, gender balance, excellence in research….).and mobility, and setting up an on-going dialogue with European researchers, including those not present at the workshop. The objective is to empower researchers by providing them with constant opportunities to voice their ideas, insight and expectations regarding research careers and their mobility experience in Europe. In turn, this will enable the Commission to better take into account their concerns and feed them back into EU strategies and initiatives, which will also bring more transparency and openness to the overall policy-making process.

    At the beginning of the session, the audience will be updated on existing initiatives of the European Commission (e.g. EURAXESS) and the "ideal" career path of a researcher. Keynote will be given by Ellen Pearce.

    During the session, the European Commission, researchers and the audience will discuss topics related to career development and mobility of researchers. To further feed discussions, during the session participants will be invited to post additional ideas on a specific on-line forum conceived to voice their ideas and opinions. A summary of the main input will be published at the EURAXESS portal.

    DG Research and Innovation

    Vitae, UK

    European Commission, EU

    DG Research and Innovation

    EXT at European Commission, DG Research and Innovation...

    Type Careers Programme, The Global Researcher
    Host Organization EURAXESS
  • Organiser Kitty Fehringer
  • Tags CP16



Transferable skills for the commercial world: Would Einstein get hired today?
    Sunday July 15, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    Across Europe, researchers are increasingly being asked to take their research out of the lab and bring it into the "real" world. Sometimes that means commercialising an innovative technology, communicating their research or inserting it into government policy, but it is never easy. People who are very skilled at operating within an academic environment suddenly find themselves forced to come to terms with different skill-sets required to operate in a non-academic environment, such as networking or business plan writing.
    The organisers will give two very brief introductions, highlighting issues which we have come across in their work with researchers exploring employment opportunities in non-academic contexts. Barbara will discuss the questions from her perspective of someone advising and training academic entrepreneurs, while Dom, whose expertise lies in the science communication/education sector, will look at things from the point of view of an employer.
    The introductory remarks will lead into a moderated group discussion which will take up the bulk of the session. Participants will share their experiences of situations where they or colleagues have entered into the commercial world successfully and unsuccessfully.
    The organisers together with the participants will develop some "rules" for researchers who are looking for employment in non-academic fields, be it business, science communication or the public sector. And at the end of the session, these will be brought together to create a whole group "wiki" set of guidelines.

    University of Oxford, UK

    Südwestrundfunk, Germany

    Science Oxford, UK

    Type Careers Programme, The Diversity of Careers for Researchers
    Host Organization Said Business School - University of Oxford
  • Organiser Barbara Diehl
  • Tags CP17


Opportunities and challenges for the next generation of European scholars
    Sunday July 15, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Liffey Hall 1

    The future of European science is in the hands of the next generation of researchers. However, policy makers are not paying enough attention to supporting the next generation and the voice of young scientists is not always taken into account. In this session the microphone will be given to the next generation of researchers and issues of importance for young researchers will be discussed. The issues have been selected based on the results of a European large scale survey and by the speakers’ experiences.
    To set the scene, the results of a survey that Euroscience is currently carrying out among more than 30,000 young researchers in Europe will be presented. The findings will be commented on by Ruth Muller whom has taken the career of young scientists as a topic of her research. Further, Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbæk, the winner of the European Young Researchers Award 2010, will share her experience doing research in an interdisciplinary environment. Finally, Natalia Borkowska will talk about how the Young European Biotech Network communicates the interests of young researchers to policy makers.
    The session will conclude with a discussion about the working conditions of young researchers, more specifically about mobility seen from three different perspectives: geographic (moving between countries); sectoral (moving between academia and industry); field (moving between scientific fields). Finally, the main barriers to successfully pursuing an academic research career will be discussed and the audience will be encouraged to suggest practical remedies.


    University of Aarhus, Denmark

    University of Vienna and Technopolis Group Austria

    Euroscience Governing Board

    Universität Wien, Austria

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization Euroscience; University of Manchester
  • Organiser David Feltz
  • Tags CP18


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