Approaching: Consortium event and soft skills trainings

Approaching: Consortium event and soft skills trainings


(25-31.05.2021) At the end of May a meeting of the project participants is planned. Due to the pandemic, the meeting will be held on-line. On the first day, specialists from Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning (NILU) will conduct the training on transferable skills in funding opportunities, proposal development and post award agreements”. NILU has great experience in writing proposals and high success rate in obtaining EC grants. We can share this experience among partners. The course will include training how to write proposals with focus on highly innovative objectives, excellence, implementation and feasible work plan as well as impact, description of consortium, management and resources, exploitation and dissemination plans, administrative and formal issues, intellectual properties rights, patent applications.

On the second day, Dr. Justyna Małkuch-Świtalska behalf of Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, will present the transferred training in Networking skills to the approach and stakeholder involvement. With this workshop, researchers will learn how to effectively interact with others in professional context. Particular attention will be paid to different kinds of contact and collaboration: between different public institutions or between science and business/industry entities. Best practices  of supporting researchers in networking, known from local, national or international organizations, will also be presented and discussed. At the end of the workshop, participants will be ready to design their own networking strategy and to implement it in their individual or organizational activities.

On the same day, during the afternoon session again specialists from NILU will cover the topic of scientific writing and preparation of a paper. The threshold for preparing and submitting a scientific paper may appear high, particularly for young and inexperienced scientist. In this course, you will get an introduction on preparing and completing a scientific paper. The course will go through the structure and organization of a scientific paper, and how to make good figures. We will offer some tips, which can make the process less challenging. The course will in addition include ethical issues, such as authorship and plagiarism, selection of appropriate journal for submission, types of manuscript and organization of manuscript, and some thoughts about our experiences of the journals review process.

Third day agenda includes a training on transferable gender skills in research, led  by Katrien Van der Heyden from Nesma Consulting, on behalf of VRIJE Universiteit Brussel (VUB). During the training, scientists will learn the basic concepts of Gender, sex; LGTBQI and non-binary thinking. Topics such as unconscious bias in research, Gender in Horizon 2020 programs and beyond (EU funding), Gender equality in research teams (building GEP’s: Gender Equality Plans), and Gender in research content (with concrete examples) will be covered. Particular attention will be paid to integration of gender into the research content, proposal, implementation and dissemination of results.

On the last day, a transferable skills training in science communication through new media presented by Prof. Ivano Eberini and Dott. ssa Letizia Gabaglio from University of Milan (UMIL). The training will be devoted to a better knowledge and comprehension of social network and new media and of their use in science dissemination and in the engagement of stakeholders and of civil society, according to the European guidelines contained in the European Charter for Researchers. This EU document recommends that “the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers or funders is conducive to successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers”. The goals of these actions are to bring scientists closer to citizens, according to the EU Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) guidelines, using bi-directional communication paradigms, typical of new media and quite different from the monodirectional ones of mass media.