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Welcome to yebn!

  1. 1. Welcome to YEBN !European Platform for Young Biotechnologists Irina Epstein and Marie Mueller Executive board member May 21st, 2012 9pm-10pm Skype
  2. 2. YEBN?Young European Biotech Network
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  4. 4. Institutional Members European Projects
  5. 5. Institutional Members Represent 7 European countries PhD, MSc and Bsc students of Life Sciences Work in close collaboration Diversity of cultures, languages and attitudesCNSB
  6. 6. Short trip around Europe?
  7. 7. Poland 250 members Main aim: To integrate biotechnology students from whole countryContact: Main activities:eb.assb@gmail.com Annual conference and meeting (for the past three years also as international conference)http://www.assb.pl Annual Workshops “DNA Encyclopaedia of Life” “Young Generation in BioBusiness” Conference at BioForum, Lodz, Poland. Contests for members with attractive prizes Participation in many events organized by biotechnology environment in Poland
  8. 8. GermanyMission: Support of Life Sciences students by organizing events that facilitate their transitioninto further studies or into the working world by providing information, experience, training andopportunities • Career fair ScieCon • Student congress ScieTalk, lectures, seminars, company tours, panel discussions, • Semestral nation-wide meetings • Informal networking initiatives e.g. ScieKickIn, a soccer game between Life Sciences companies and research institutes • Workshops to broaden and improve personal skills
  9. 9. FranceActivities: Projects: Communication: - Create a French biotech network - Website: Give ideas for career choices and opportunities! - Special video interviews of PhD, Post Doc or Master Students onWebsite: first YEBN IM to launch its own their research or „daily lab routine‟social network for young biotechnologists! - Student job offers collected via RSS feed- Group discussions- Documents exchange- Connection via Facebook- Online payment of the membership fee
  10. 10. Austria• BSc, MSc and PhD student of Biotechnology in Austria• Platform for students and professionals frombiology, biotechnology, molecularbiology, biochemistry, medical science, bioinformatics• Mentoring project – ideas for further expansion withYEBN• Interdisciplinary, interuniversitary and independentorganization• Open lectures
  11. 11. Switzerland Networking & career development for life scientists Bridging the gap between academia and industry Project platform for young researchers Promoting entrepreneurship 12 active members involved in different projects 500 + followers through newsletter and social media 16th of February 2012: 3rd Zurich Life Science Day3 parallel sessions on Careers and Entrepreneurship and a company exhibition http://www.lifescience-youngscientists.ch
  12. 12. Spain6 regional IMs with >600 membersFounded on July 2008, joined YEBN in 2011Main focus:• To provide a common framework in order torepresent Biotech in Spain• To ensure progress and prestige for the PQin Europe and Spain• To promote science and research
  13. 13. Italy CNSB • BSc and MSc Students of Biotechnology • Didactics and the application of the reform of the University • Strong appointment for the recognition of the Professional Figure of the Biotechnologist• National organization composed by 6 regionalbranches distributed all over the Country • Primary role and a constant presence to promote a public debate on biotechnology• 600 members: PhD Students, Post-doc, Researchers; professionals in the Biotech http://www.cnsb.it/industry and in the Communication field.• Opinion making; policy consultation; promotionof biotechnologists to the labour market;• Organization of lifelong learning programmesand scientific/networking events;• Scientific communication and dissemination
  14. 14. Task and Project Groups• Consolidation of efforts of single IMs by identification of common goals• Exchange of views and local perspectives• Development of youth attitude towards arising issues
  15. 15. Project Groups • Career in Life Sciences • iPhD • Career DevelopmentTask Groups • Education and Professional Qualification • Communication
  16. 16. Careers in Life Sciences Project Skills Hiring Mobility Experiences
  17. 17. CiLS Project: International science careers survey1. A systematic assessment of skills, experiences and mobility for a career in the life sciences2. Not hypothesis driven, discovery based research3. Resource guide for career planning, to get on the right track for both scientists and companies
  18. 18. CiLS: example of outcomesCareers: most interest is clearly linked to research in life sciencesOverall, life scientists have a strong interest in working abroadCareer concerns are the primary driver, followed by more general conditions in the country the person is moving to. Work possibilities for partner are very important if married/living with partner.Companies show strong interest in people combining scientific with non-scientific skills (managerial skills, sales).
  19. 19. Did you know? Companies most value creative and analytical thinking, work experience in the field, graduate research topic and grades from graduated degree when hiring! creative thinkning analytical thinkingwork experience in the Spanish scientists field Spanish companies research topic grades 0 1 2 3 4 5 Level of importanceComparative analysis: Spain, scientists vs companies
  20. 20. iPhD - Project European meeting to create a network of coordinators EFB-cooperation Foster iPhD through information
  21. 21. Steps of the -projectKick-off at the first European Youth Conference on Careers in Life Sciences in Frankfurt organised YEBN in 2009Step 1: State of the art Benchmark existing iPhD programmes, where a formal collaboration between industry and academia is designated as part of PhD programmesStep 2: Evaluation of the situation in Europe Survey on the first-hand experiences of iPhD programmes to identify needs, benefits and obstacles frequently faced
  22. 22. all over Europe IPHD ACADEMIC INDUSTRY CANDIDATE INSTITUTION PARTNER Gaining insights Improving the quality Highly qualified into the non- of doctoral education work force and academic sector  providing highly scientific know- qualified workers to how the labour market Approximation to Attracting more and Access to cutting industrial thinking more diversified and edge research and problem sustainable funding solution from external strategies organizations for research Enhanced Gaining awareness of Access to employability technical challenges sophisticated and opportunities faced by companies innovative beyond academia instruments and facilities Networking in Enhancing quality of expanded research management environments
  23. 23. - challenges• Identification of partners valuing • Adequate funding university R&D / industry R&D • Excellent supervision• Mutual agreement on the • Realistic expectations research topics and on the • Long-term commitments and processing of the research agreements outcomePeople and ideas are key elements in the development of a vibrant and agile economy. Industry can also benefit greatly by developing relationships with early stage researchers and their academic research institutions as a means of maximizing exposure to new ideas and the potential for innovation. IRCSETIts important to allow industry to have a certain amount of control over the project. Its vital to have a minimum time that the student must spend on the company premises. EPSRCTry to aim for long term programmes, at least 5 years long. Try to harmonize and not to fragment administrative procedures. Facilitate the establishment of foreign researchers within the country (also by unifying the degree system in Europe). IKERTU
  24. 24. Education and Professional Qualification Task GroupGoals• Ensure cooperation between IMs on activities focused onthe quality of educational programmes• Coordinate international actions towards the recognition ofprofessional qualifications• Help the activities in the area of iPhD and complementaryskills to establish EC funded international projectsCooperation with the Task Group "Education and ProfessionalQualifications" of the European Federation of Biotechnology
  25. 25. Communication Task GroupDifferent channels of communication:- Newsletter released every two monthsReaches: 3000 readers- Website – 3500 registered userswww.yebn.eu- Facebook site- Twitter channels of YEBN and IMs
  26. 26. Career Development Project Group: YEBN Career Event2 day event October 2012http://lscconference2012.yebn.eu/Presentation of - status of iPhD project - results of CiLS surveyLectures, workshops and policay sessions about life scientists’ career options, tools & skillsThink tank: Further improvements of Life Science Education in Europe This project is supported by the ‘Youth in Action’ EU Programme
  27. 27. Position papers
  28. 28. A platform to promote exchangeYEBN forms a platform for exchange of ideas and flow of information and experience cultural differences and working methodsYEBN provides opportunities for young people to interact and build a common understanding of biotechnology related issuesConnecting people through personal and non-personal meetings and common projects is essential!
  29. 29. YEBN – Act European!
  30. 30. How can you get involved ?• Either get active in your national organisations or directly get involved in YEBN activities ;)• Communication task group • Editing English articles for the newsletter • Write articles for the YEBN Newsletter (4 times per year)• Currently on-going development of a the new YEBN website• YEBN logo competition• Career Development Conference 2012• iPhD website updating to an information platform about industrial-PhD programmes for Biotechnologists