EMBO WEBINAR SERIES
SOFT SKILLS TRAINING FOR
YOUNG SCIENTISTS IN CHILE

March to November 2021

About

A successful scientific career requires many skills that go beyond the topics taught in a scientific curriculum. In our commitment to promoting life sciences, EMBO brings to the scientific community in Chile training webinars to update and practice soft skills, which include grant writing, publishing and communication. Our trainings are tailored specifically to the needs of researchers at early career stages and aim at improving both the quality and the quantity of research output in the medium and long term. The series will be locally organized by the Chilean Societies for Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, and will be free of costs for researchers based in Chile

Training in Grant Writing

Host and moderator: TBA
Trainer: Chapin Rodriguez
Date open session: 6 May 2021 at 8:00 am.
Date closed session for predocs and postdocs: 29 June 2021 at 8:00 am. Apply here by May 27th

Predocs and postdocs

Date closed session for young group leaders: 1 July 2021 at 8:00 am. Apply here by May 27th

Young group leaders

The training in Grant Writing will consist of three webinars: an open session (registration required) and two closed sessions (application required).

Open session: Fundamentals of Writing Effective Fellowship and Grant Applications
Through the exploration of theory and examples, this webinar aims to help participants (to):
• understand different types of grants (personal- vs. project-affiliated, collaborations, starter vs. consolidator) and how the type of grant can affect selection criteria
• understand how to find international calls for grants and fellowships
• identify and approach potential host laboratories
• develop a competitive research plan (operationalizing research questions, and aligning goals and work packages into a coherent story)
• structure the research project in a more “fundable” way (feasibility, milestones, contingency plans, preliminary data)
• understand and respond effectively to typical parts of a grant application (visualizability, conciseness, opportune repetition)
• assess one’s own proposal like a grant reviewer
• collaborate with the host laboratory to meet application deadlines

This webinar is open to the entire life sciences community in Chile.

Closed sessions: Advanced Topics in Grant Writing
20 predocs/postdocs and 20 young group leaders (Assistant Professor level) will be selected to attend two separate closed sessions. Selected participants must complete an assignment sent by the trainer after the open session. The trainer will review each assignment and send personalized, detailed and confidential feedback via email to each participant. During the closed sessions, the trainer will explore in greater depth the topics discussed in the open session, adapting the content to the participants’ career stage and the research fields and methods included in the submitted assignments (without revealing details). These sessions will be highly interactive and the participants will be able to ask the trainer any questions they may have regarding the feedback received. As a result, the selected researchers will be trained in a very personalized and intensive way, which will directly and positively impact the quality of their research proposals.

You can apply here

Training in Scientific Writing

Host and moderator: Christian González
Trainer: Maria Polychronidou
Date open session: 8 July at 9:00 am.
Register here
Date closed session for predocs and postdocs: 15 July at 09:00 am.
Apply here

This webinar series is designed to help predocs and postdocs improve their writing skills to allow others understand the value and interest of their work.

This training will consist of two webinars: an open session (registration required) and a close sessión (application required)

Training in Scientific Writing (Papers)

This webinar series is aimed at late undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs and designed to help them improve their writing skills to allow others understand the value and interest of their work.

This training will consist of two webinars: an open session (registration required) and a closed session (application required).

Open session: Fundamentals of Writing a Scientific Paper (July 8, 2021, 9.00-11.00 am)

The open session provides a theoretical introduction on writing papers. The duration of this session is 2 hours including Q&A sessions and there is no limit of participants. During this webinar, the trainer will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to scientific publishing and writing scientific papers
  • Strategic planning before writing the paper: planning your project, organizing data, authorship, choosing a journal etc.
  • How do I start writing?
  • The paper “section by section”
  • Assembling figures
  • Writing the title and abstract
  • Overview of the editorial and peer review process at journals

Please note that the training does not cover grammar and writing style.

Closed session: Advanced Topics in Scientific Writing (July 15, 2021, 9:00-10.30 am)

Up to 20 PhD students and postdocs will be selected to attend a 90-min closed session, in which it will be discussed in further detail how to prepare good abstracts for a scientific paper. Participants must submit an abstract on their own work prior to the session and will receive comprehensive feedback from the trainer and their peers.

You can apply here

Training in Oral Communication

Host and moderator: TBA
Trainer: Chapin Rodriguez
Date open sessions: 7 September at 09:00 am.
Date closed sessions: 20, 22 and 24 September at 09:00 am.

Whether networking, presenting a poster or showing slides, scientists are constantly called upon to explain and justify their research to their peers. This training will provide participants with strategies and tools to do so clearly and convincingly.
The training consists of two parts: an open session (registration required) and a closed session (application required).

Open session: Fundamentals of Oral Communication in Science
A three-hour webinar will cover the basics of oral communication. The attendees will be introduced to the foundations of effective oral and visual communication of scientific and technical information, supported by findings from neuroscience, linguistics, and marketing.
This webinar is open to the entire life sciences community in Chile. Please note that this training does not cover science communication to non-scientific audiences.

Closed sessions:
Up to 24 researchers will be selected to participate in the closed component of this training. The participants must prepare an assignment which will be evaluated by the trainer and their peers . As a result, the selected researchers will receive personalized and intensive training aimed at improving their oral communication skills.

Communicating life sciences to diverse audiences

Plan and objectives

Participants will explore how to communicate topics and issues in the life sciences clearly and powerfully to diverse non-specialist target audiences, including investors, politicians, and members of the general public.

The workshop will be attended by Dr. Gabriel León, a renowned science communicator in the country, who will be sharing his experiences in the field and giving feedback to the participants.

After this training, participants will be better able to

  • create scientific information or persuasion campaigns that resonate with target audiences
  • express key concepts with minimal jargon in a way that can be visualized immediately
  • think more strategically about what information to deliver and what channels to use
  • integrate graphical and textual information for maximum impact

A selected group of participants will implement these principles by preparing two assignments in Spanish on a life science topic of their choice. The trainers will review the assignments and provide confidential feedback to each participant.

Apply here if you would like to receive confidential and personalised feedback on your communication skills. Register here

Application deadline: 07, December, 2021

Deadline for submitting assignments: Sunday 09 January 2022 at 20:00 (Chile) 

On-line course structure

Friday, 10 December 2021 | 09:00 – 13:00 (Chile)

Opening session on fundamentals of effective public communication of science, with a focus on examples and case studies (including podcasts, infographics, etc.). The session will be organised around the “ACTS” pillars: Audiences, Channels, Tools, and Strategies. Elements of visual and graphic design will be covered.

Please note that as it is funded by EMBO, the open session will be conducted in English and will be recorded for future viewing.

This session is open to an unlimited number of participants. Chilean life sciences researchers and communicators are welcome to join and interact with the panelists live by connecting to the platform. Register here

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 | 09:00 – 12:00 (Chile [LM3] )

The closed session will be conducted in Spanish with the selected participants. The trainers will address common issues and challenges in public communication of science, based on the work submitted. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with their peers about science communication in Chile and in the world and will be able to clarify their doubts with the trainers on the feedback received.

Course instructors

A. Chapin Rodríguez (BSc, Duke University, USA; PhD, Cambridge University, UK) has conducted research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (UK) and the Harvard Institutes of Medicine (USA). His research has been funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the US National Institutes of Health and the UK Medical Research Council. He has worked 13 years as a consultant in science communication and publishing, helping researchers in natural and clinical sciences share their stories with diverse audiences. He is the founder of Creaducate Consulting (www.creaducate.eu).

Laura Moro (BSc, University of Salamanca, Spain; PhD, University of Barcelona, Spain; Master of Science Communication and Journalism, UNED, Spain) is driven by innovative science and powerful communication in order to improve global health. After working in academic research, where she was funded by a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, she moved into the field of scientific communication, working as a freelance science writer on digital media and helping researchers share their work with diverse audiences. She is a Senior Consultant at Creaducate Consulting (www.creaducate.eu).

Meet the

Speakers

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Bettina

Trueb

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EMBO Senior Project Coordinator


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María Isabel

Yuseff

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Chilean EMBO Global Investigator


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Ignacio

Fernandez

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Chilean EMBO Fellow



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Kelly

Sheehan-Rooney

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Gerlind

Wallon

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Meet the

Trainers

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Chapin

Rodriguez

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A. Chapin Rodríguez (BSc, Duke University, USA; PhD, Cambridge University, UK) has conducted research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (UK) and the Harvard Institutes of Medicine (USA). His research has been funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the US National Institutes of Health and the UK Medical Research Council. He has worked more than 12 years as a consultant in science communication and publishing, helping researchers in natural and clinical sciences publish their manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, prepare grant applications and improve their oral presentation skills. He is the founder of Creaducate Consulting in Europe (www.creaducate.eu) and Creaducate Enterprises in Hong Kong (www.creaducate.hk).


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Maria

Polychronidou

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Maria Polychronidou is a Senior Scientific Editor at Molecular Systems Biology (EMBO Press). Maria received her PhD from the University of Heidelberg, where she studied the role of nuclear membrane proteins in development and aging. During her post-doctoral work, she focused on the analysis of tissue-specific regulatory functions of Hox transcription factors using a combination of computational and genome-wide methods. She has been an editor at Molecular Systems Biology since 2013.



Webinar series program

EMBO Programmes and Activities

Date: 18 March 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Host and moderator: Christian Gonzalez-Billault

EMBO’s webinar series will kick off with an informative session on the opportunities available to the Chilean scientific community. Life scientists in Chile have access to EMBO programmes and activities thanks to a cooperation agreement signed between ANID (formerly CONICYT) and EMBO/EMBC. Attendees will receive an overview of the different programmes from EMBO staff, as well as hear from two Chilean awardees who will talk about their personal experiences and give some tips for future applicants. Attendees will be able to ask their questions live to the speakers during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

This webinar is open to the entire life sciences community in Chile (from undergraduate students to senior scientists).

  • March 18th

Time (Chile)

Activity

10:00 – 10:03 am INTRODUCTION AND HOUSEKEEPING INSTRUCTIONS
Christian Gonzalez-Billault
10:03 – 10:10 am OPENING REMARKS
Andres Couve
10:10 – 10:20 am EMBO GLOBAL ACTIVITIES
Bettina Trueb
10:20 – 10:30 am EMBO FELLOWSHIPS
Kelly Sheehan-Rooney
10:30 – 10:40 am EMBO COURSES & WORKSHOPS; EMBO YOUNG INVESTIGATOR NETWORK
Gerlind Wallon
10:40 – 10:55 am PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND AVICE FOR FUTURE APPLICANTS
Ignacio Fernandez (Chilean EMBO Fellow) and M. Isabel Yuseff (Chilean EMBO Global Investigator)
10:55 – 11: 20 am Q&A Session
Webinar series program

TRAINING ON GRANT WRITING

  • May 6th
  • June 29th
  • July 1st

Time (Chile)

Activity

08:00 – 10:00 am FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING EFFECTIVE FELLOWSHIP AND GRANT APPLICATIONS
open to the Chilean life sciences community

Time (Chile)

Activity

08:00 – 10:00 am ADVANCED TOPICS IN GRANT WRITING FOR PHD STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS
20 selected participants Apply here by May 27th

Time (Chile)

Activity

08:00 – 10:00 am ADVANCED TOPICS IN GRANT WRITING FOR YOUNG GROUP LEADERS
20 selected participants Apply here by May 27th
Webinar series program

TRAINING ON SCIENTIFIC WRITING

  • July 8th
  • July 15th

Time (Chile)

Activity

09:00 – 11:00 am FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING A SCIENTIFIC PAPER
Open to life sciences predocs and postdocs in Chile.
Register here

Time (Chile)

Activity

09:00 – 10:30 am ADVANCED TOPICS IN SCIENTIFIC WRITING
20 selected participants.
Apply here
Webinar series program

TRAINING ON ORAL COMMUNICATION

  • September 7th
  • September 20th
  • September 22th
  • September 24th

Time (Chile)

Activity

09:00 -12:00 pm FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION IN SCIENCE
open to the life sciences community in Chile.

Time (Chile)

Activity

09:00 – 01:00 pm PERSONALIZED TRAINING
Up to 8 selected participants.

Time (Chile)

Activity

09:00 – 01:00 PERSONALIZED TRAINING
Up to 8 selected participants.

Time (Chile)

Activity

09:00 – 01:00 pm PERSONALIZED TRAINING
Up to 8 selected participants.
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