Relevant discussions in Heidelberg

RELEVANCE consortium gathers for the 1st project meeting and training school in the city of Germany’s oldest university

Over a year after the RELEVANCE kick-off meeting in Amsterdam, there was a big hello and smiles were all over the faces of the project’s participants, when they met again in Heidelberg at the end of April 2017. Project Coordinator Anna Bogdanova (University of Zurich) welcomed representatives from all partners at the ISG-Hotel Heidelberg. The complete consortium came together to discuss the progress of the project, which is slowly but surely heading for its half-way mark. And there were a lot of things to talk about: The PIs addressed the scientific progress of the project as well as the training activities for the ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). Moreover, they discussed the secondments of the 15 young researchers to the partners of the consortium. These training and networking aspect are of great importance; because they are essential features of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (H2020-MSCA-ITN) as which RELEVANCE receives its funding.

While the PIs were busy sketching out the next months of the project, the 15 ESRs took part in the 1st RELEVANCE Training School led by Training Coordinator Marieke von Lindern (Sanquin, Amsterdam). The young researchers were trained in high throughput techniques as well as scientific writing and presentation skills. Another part of the training addressed IP-related issues. Here, Eurice expert Michele Dubbini gave a basic introduction to innovation management, which was well received by the ESRs. The training was concluded by an engaging talk from the keynote speaker Heimo Mairbäurl (UniversitätsKlinikum Heidelberg).

On the second meeting day, the different board meetings were in session and the consortium was tying together all the strings from the previous meeting day. After lunch, ESRs and PIs headed over to the beautiful Advanced Training Centre at EMBL, Heidelberg. There, all young researchers gave poster presentations on the scientific progress they have achieved in the project so far. They repeated their presentations during the following days at the 21st ERCS Meeting organised by RELEVANCE partner and CoMMiTMenT Coordinator Lars Kästner (Saarland University).

The next RELEVANCE meeting will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

As a training partner of RELEVANCE, Eurice provides training to the ESRs in the field of European research and innovation management. Additionally, Eurice supports the RELEVANCE Coordinator in the management of the project.

Eurice IP-expert Michele Dubbini during the 1st RELEVANCE Training School
Eurice IP-expert Michele Dubbini during the 1st RELEVANCE Training School
The RELEVANCE Consortium
The RELEVANCE Consortium
ESR poster presentation at the Advanced Training Centre at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
ESR poster presentation at the Advanced Training Centre at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
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