NEWS FROM TRANSMIT July 2018 Dear Friends, Time has come to make a balance of the first training and dissemination activities that our Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) had in the last w
 
 
News from TRANSMIT
June 2019
LATEST NEWS FROM TRANSMIT
 
Dear Friends,

In this newsletter we are going to present the two courses on soft skills that our TRANSMITers attended in Milan at the beginning of May. Have a nice reading!

The Coordination Team
TRAINING ACTIVITIES ON SOFT SKILLS HELD IN MILAN - MAY 2019
 
The training activities planned for our ESRs, organised at local and network level, usually take place following a multidisciplinary and two-level approach: 1) training-through-research and 2) training on complementary skills connected to financial, commercial, ethical, communication and managerial aspects related to life sciences. In this newsletter we are focusing on the latter dimension, presenting two courses, held in Milan at the beginning of May, on so-called “soft skills” such as science communication and social entrepreneurship.
 
#training #SoftSkills #TRANSMITers
 
COURSE IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
AND DISSEMINATION
FONDAZIONE UMBERTO VERONESI (FUV) MILAN, MAY 2-4
WHY A COURSE IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION?
 
Science communication is becoming more and more important for scientists nowadays. On one hand, science, research and researchers have to consider the ethical and social role of science communication to keep lay public up to date with scientific breakthroughs and innovations. On the other hand, today more than ever, research proves to be a very competitive field where science communication and dissemination skills may be crucial to in order to obtain funding.
 
The course in Science Communication, organised by associate partner FUV, aimed to convey the basics of science communication giving a broad overview of science-and-society connection, fundraising, risk and lay public communication, as well as some required skills to manage media relations – such as interviews and press conferences.
 
#Science&Society #PublicCommunication #LayPublic
 
 
 
OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE
 
The Course in Science Communication and Dissemination took place in Milan (Italy) on May 2-4. The course tackled topics such as communication theories, scientific communication versus public communication of science, science communication on different media, science and society, models of science communication, communication in fundraising, how to organise a scientific press conference and how to prepare scientific interviews on different means of communication (websites, social media, newspapers, TV, radio, etc.). The third day was entirely devoted to practical activities, including dissemination in a high school.
 
#ScientificCommunication #PublicCommunication #Science&Society #Science&Media
 
Read the programme
 
 
COMMENTS ON THE COURSE
 
A VOICE FROM OUR ESRs
 
"The three-day workshop in Science Communication and Dissemination held in Milan organised by TRANSMIT partner FUV taught us some effective science communication techniques since communication is an integral part of a researcher’s job and it is our obligation to let the public know how this money is spent. Communicating about our research projects should aim to demonstrate the ways in which research and innovation is contributing to a better world. Thanks to FUV, TRANSMIT ESRs were able to better understand the importance of communication and useful ways to survive an interview or a press conference. We also had the opportunity to disseminate our project to a class of high school students who were very curious about the TRANSMIT mission. We also had a practical session where we simulated a press conference and were guided by FUV on how to elegantly tackle any stressful situation that can arise. Overall, this workshop helped us to get a step closer to bridge the gap between the research and the general public!”
 
(Nikkitha Umesh Ganesh, ESR 5 at UNIBO – DIMEC)
DISSEMINATION ACTIVITY IN A HIGH SCHOOL (IN COLLABORATION WITH FUV)
MILAN, MAY 4
 
During the third day of the FUV course (May 4, 2019), our ESRs were involved in a dissemination activity in a high school as part of the practical sessions: it was both a training and dissemination activity at the same time. TRANSMITers were divided into 3 groups: each one was given the task of presenting a talk to a fourth class of the linguistic high school of the Virgilio Institute (Liceo Virgilio), located in Milan. Group 1 was composed of ESR4 Christina Schmidt, ESR2 Ana Carolina B. Sant'Anna Silva and ESR8 Ana Catarina da Silva Almeida; Group 2 included ESR10 Luca Zampieri, ESR3 Floriana Jessica Di Paola and ESR11 Daniela Weber; Group 3 was comprised of ESR7 Maheshwor Thapa, ESR9 Houda Abla and ESR5 Nikkitha Umesh Ganesh. ESRs were left totally free to choose the subject of their presentation and the style of communication, nonetheless, they were also encouraged to carefully consider the specific target audience: a high school class of 23 pupils aged 17.
 
Right after the presentations, there was also a moment for discussion: the high school students had the opportunity to ask questions to the ESRs about their work, the project and cancer in general. This moment for questions/answers took place in a lively atmosphere and aroused the curiosity and interest of the students. Although most of the ESRs had already had some experience in dissemination and outreach activities to the general public (including children) during the 2018 European Researchers’ Night, this was actually the first time ever that they had an audience exclusively composed of teenagers in a school setting. At the end of the talks, the high school students were asked to evaluate each of the three groups, on a basis of clearness, originality and entertainment. Overall, their response to the three presentations was very positive in terms of efficacy. Congratulations to our TRANSMITers on the great result they achieved!
 
#ScienceCommunication #Dissemination #TRANSMITers
 
COURSE IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
AND MANAGERIAL SKILLS
DYNAMO ACADEMY
MILAN, MAY 6-7
WHY A COURSE IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
 
Creating a transformational learning environment able to inspire, to prepare and to support entrepreneurial leaders and scholars for turning knowledge into action in pursuing innovative solutions is a new challenge for academic researchers. For this reason, associate partner Dynamo Academy was called to organise an advanced course in Social Entrepreneurship with the aim of providing our fellows with the basic knowledge and skills in this important and emerging field.

#SocialEntrepreneurship #ManagerialSkills #InnovativeSolutions
 
OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE
 
The advanced Course in “Social Entrepreneurship and managerial skills” was held in Milan (Italy) on May 6-7. The course programme focused on: theory of social entrepreneurship, business planning (project management and start up), leadership, budgeting, social finance and impact. The aim of the course was to allow our ESRs to gain a practical experience on how to become a social entrepreneur, with an immediate access to the job market.

#SocialEntrepreneurship #BusinessPlanning #leadership #budgeting #SocialFinance #impact
 
COMMENTS ON THE COURSE
BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH MARIA ELENA VIVALDI
FROM DYNAMO
 
We reached out to Maria Elena Vivaldi from Dynamo. We asked her a few questions about the course.
 
Q: Hello, Maria Elena. Could you please give some brief insights into your institution? What are its main objectives?
A: Dynamo Academy is a Social Enterprise operating in the fields of education, employee engagement, research and advisory, supporting companies and top managers on their journey to value creation, efficiently combining business development and corporate philanthropy. Dynamo Academy, established in 2010, offers companies a personalised approach to Corporate Philanthropy in the Business for the Common Good context, with the objective of transforming companies in protagonists for the Common Good. All proceeds of Dynamo Academy, net of direct costs, contribute to sustaining the Dynamo Camp project. Since 2010, Dynamo Academy has been partner for Italy in the Global Exchange of CECP and since 2017 member of Social Value Italia, an organisation close to Social Value UK, dealing with impact evaluation and measurement.
 
Q: Tell us something more about the course in Social Entrepreneursthat you organised for TRANSMIT. What were your expectations?
A: The main objective of the course in “Social Entrepreneurship and Managerial Skills” was to promote among scientific researchers a new concept of value creation based upon the positive relationship between businesses and society looking at their contribution to the common good. All in all, the mission of the course was to foster personal and professional growth of scientific researchers in order for them to be able to put their knowledge into practice and bring research outside the lab, being able to develop entrepreneurial projects.
Thus, the course was designed to provide PhD students with the managerial skills necessary for an effective team building, tools of social entrepreneurship, measurement of social impact, together with a deeper understanding of technological and social innovation and a general background on the health care system, the role of the third sector and the concept of welfare economy. Ultimately, the course had also the ambition to have participants familiarise with the world of non-profit organisations, their way of operating and fundraising.
To add on our expectations, Dynamo Academy tried to guide participants through this course in a way they would be prevented from making a pragmatic use of it, focusing instead on grasping the overall view and message and therefore applying the tools at their best service.
 
Q: What’s your overall evaluation of this experience?
A: The overall evaluation of the course resulted in a very good appreciation by the participants. These results confirmed how our expectations were met as well. Not only have we seen content being delivered, but also students being engaged. Students were willing to partake and let go, willing to question their habits and comfort zone.
 
A VOICE FROM OUR ESRs
 

“During our stay in Milan, we took part in the course on “Social entrepreneurship & managerial skills” organised by Dynamo Academy. The course addressed a different aspect of our training as ESRs within the TRANSMIT project to focus more on the social dimension that one’s work could impact. We had the chance to have high-level speakers from the field of entrepreneurship and university professors to give us a different look at the business sphere, and as a potential prospect at some point in our careers. Moreover, due to the originality of its approach and aim, we all enjoyed very much the session on building trust in a group, which stressed the importance of harmony between individuals working together. Non-less important, exchanging with the Dynamo Academy members about their activities as a non-profit organisation allowed us to grasp their goals and all the means used to bring back the smile to sick children. However, I think more time could have been allowed to emphasize on launching and organisation of crowdfunding campaigns in order to benefit from the association’s experience and feedback on this topic.”
 
(Houda Abla, ESR 9 at UNIBO – FaBiT)
ADDITIONAL TRAINING
AND DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES
ACTIVITIES ALREADY DONE
 
  • Two-day workshop on “Observation of tumor cells by 3D tomography”, “In vitro production of bovine embryos” and “Differentiation of equine stem cells”, organised by JLU, held in Giessen (Germany) on February 27-28, 2019. Read the programme here.
  • Course in “Bio-statistics”, organised by UNIBO, held in Bologna (Italy) on May 8-9, 2019. Read the programme here.
  • Workshop on “Genetic and bioenergetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA mutations”, organised by UNIBO (FaBiT & DIMEC), held on May 13-16, 2019. Read the programme here.
  • On-line workshop on “Scientific Communication“, organised by KI, held on May 27, June 3 and June 12, 2019. Read the programme here.
 
 
  • Two-day workshop on “Observation of tumor cells by 3D tomography”, “In vitro production of bovine embryos” and “Differentiation of equine stem cells”, organised by JLU, held in Giessen (Germany) on February 27-28, 2019. Read the programme here.
  • Course in “Bio-statistics”, organised by UNIBO, held in Bologna (Italy) on May 8-9, 2019. Read the programme here.
  • Workshop on “Genetic and bioenergetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA mutations”, organised by UNIBO (FaBiT & DIMEC), held on May 13-16, 2019. Read the programme here.
  • On-line workshop on “Scientific Communication“, organised by KI, held on May 27, June 3 and June 12, 2019. Read the programme here.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
  • Aegean 6th International Conference on “Tumor Microenvironment and Cellular Stress: Signaling, Metabolism, Imaging and Therapeutic Targets”, to be held in Chania, Crete (Greece) on September 23-28, 2019. Conference website.
  • Course in “European public and private opportunities for R&D, Innovation and Technology Transfer”, organised by INNOVA, to held in Rome (Italy) from September 30 to October 3, 2019.
  • ESRs participation in the Open Day at the Dynamo Camp in Limestre (Italy) on October 5-6, 2019.
 
 
Scientific partners
 
 
Associate partners
 
 
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Instagram
YouTube
 
 

This email was sent to debonisgiu@libero.it

You received this email because you are registered with the TRANSMIT  project.
 
 
Inviato da
SendinBlue
 
 
© 2019 TRANSMIT