Young Scientist Forum

Our Webinar series for young scientists

EPISODE 8 - Stay tuned for season 2!

We will be back with new topics and speakers in Autumn 2022. If you have suggestions for topics you'd like us to cover in our webinar series, please feel free to contact us or drop in your request anonymously into our virtual wishing well.

See you in again in September!

EPISODE 7 - MONDAY 2nd may 2022 AT 15:00 CET 

How to score a Marie Curie postdoc grant?

Writing a winning research proposal is always hard, especially when you have little experience in writing research proposals. It may even seem almost impossible to succeed in scoring a very lucrative, yet highly competitive, research grant such as a Marie Curie postdoc grant.

But it is NOT impossible as our two invited speakers will confirm you. Join in to get their tips on writing a winning Marie Curie postdoc proposal!

Manuel Gomez-Florit – former Marie Curie postdoc fellow
Dagnija Loca – expert evaluator for Marie Curie postdoc proposals

EPISODE 6 - MONDAY 4TH April 2022 AT 15:00 CET 

IP = innovation potential..?
We all have great ideas and sometimes we can even prove they work in the lab! But do we know which ideas are worth protecting with a patent? Why should we bother with IP and when is it too late to protect your ideas?

A biomaterial scientist and a life science patent attorney discuss all matters related to intellectual property rights from their two different points of view. And why is it important for all scientists to know how to secure the rights to their innovative  ideas.

Håkan Engqvist – innovative scientist at Uppsala University
Ylva Skoglösa – former scientist turned European patent attorney at aera

EPISOde 5 - monday 7th march 2022 at 15:00 cet

Spark it up!
Do you have a great idea and want to turn it into a real-life solution? But just don’t know how to get started or where to find funding to test our your ideas and push them towards reality?  You are not alone!

We have invited a representative of the SPARK Global network to come tell us about early-stage innovation funding and the support available for researchers to bridge the gap between bench and bedside.

Juho Väisänen – SPARK Finland

ePISODE 4 - monday 7th february 2022 at 15:00 cet

Starting up!
Is life of an entrepreneur as glamorous as we think it is? Why should you step out of the comfortable realms of academia to the scary world of business? Is it possible to combine academic research with managing your own start-up company?

Three young entrepreneurs will share their experiences of taking the giant leap into the unknown in their quest of converting their own research results from journal articles to real world applications.

Laura Koivusalo – CEO and cofounder at StemSight
Manuel Schweikle – CSO and cofounder at ClexBio
Tiziano Serra – CSO and cofounder at mimiX Biotherapeutics

Episode 3 - Monday 10th january 2022 at 15:00 cet

Dumbing it down - how to make science more accessible
Have you ever tried explaining how LEDs work to your grandmother? Or had awkward conversations at family gatherings trying to explain what you do at work? Telling other people about your research is never easy when you cannot use your usual vocabulary, is it?

Two science communication enthusiasts will share their experiences of making science more understandable. And maybe even give us some tips on how to let the world know what we do in the lab and why it all matters.

Brianna Bibel – The Bumbling Biochemist on social media
Jessica Lönn-Stensrud – The Bacteria Lady writing about our tiniest friends

Episode 2 - Monday 6th december 2021 at 15:00 CET

Editor's pick
How do I get my articles published in the best journals? What do I need to write in the cover letter to get the editor’s attention? What does an editor of a journal even do, apart from “unfairly” rejecting my manuscripts without review? And what is the surest way to get my article rejected?

Two well-known biomaterials scientists and journal editors will  provide us a glimpse to the world of scientific publishing from the editor’s point of view.

Dr Marc Bohner – Editor for Acta Biomaterialia
Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini – Editor-in-Chief for Materials Letters

EPIsode 1 - Monday 1ST NOVEMBER 2021 AT 15:00 CET

Science or gelato - is that the question?
Should I stay in academia or try the “real world”? Does a career in academia permanently close other doors? Is choosing to work in industry a point of no return for my career path? What options remain unexplored? These questions are more than familiar to every young scientist.

Two scientists with very different career paths will share their story and discuss these questions.

Dr Karlis Agris Gross - Riga Technical University
Dr Elli Käpylä - Aalto University

what is the United north?

The YSF national chapters in Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltics have united their forces to create a webinar series that focuses on topics that are of particular interest to young early career scientists. United North is just what we decided to call ourselves for simplicity. Much snappier than "the region comprising the Nordic countries and the Baltic states". Our online events are all free of charge, and despite the name, also available for everyone outside the Northern corner of Europe.

Are you a young scientist and want to get involved in organising activities for your follow young scientists? Or do you have ideas for new topics we should cover in our webinar series? Please get in touch with one of the national chapter representatives of the United North!

National Chapter representatives for the united north

Jānis Ločs
YSF - Baltics
Janne Koivisto
YSF -  Finland
Hanna Tiainen
YSF - Scandinavia

ysf @ esb

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