Turning ‘failure’ into success, and ‘boredom’ into innovation

Failed and Bored” is the upcoming conference organized by the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). The conference provides a positive perspective on failure and boredom in science and business. This conference draws on MCAA fellows success stories and literary anecdotes to explain the importance of failure & ordinary subjects in research, the advantages of embracing it and the power of leveraging your mistakes to stimulate personal growth. It targets researchers, entrepreneurs, and startups and is free of charge for all MCAA members.

Date: 28 September 2019
Time: 9.00h – 21.00h CET
Venue: University of Innsbruck, Austria

Find more info and register here.

International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation: 11, 12 and 13 Nov

One of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector is ICERI2019. This year, the 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation will be held in Seville (Spain) on the 11, 12 and 13 of November 2019.

After 12 years, ICERI has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and educational innovations. The 2019 edition of ICERI is sure to be among the most successful education conferences in Europe.

If you wish to share your experiences and projects in the area of education, research and innovation, you can submit your abstract proposal for ICERI2019 here: https://iated.org/iceri/call_for_papers

Winter School on Sustainable Waste Management

Deadline of Competition Submission: 30 September 2019 (Texas local time)

Participate in the Essay Competition for winning a full or a partial scholarship to attend the ISWA-SWIS Winter School Jan 2020. This is the only international, 2-week course about sustainable waste management, including modern landfills and landfill mining. It offers a good mix of theoretical lectures and practical site visits (have a look to the programme here!).

Spread the word around!

DANGER! Predatory publishers

When looking for a conference or for a journal to submit your research, be aware of these predatory conferences and journals. Publishing with them is both economic and scientific fraud.

Junior academic faculty are particularly focused on opportunities to publish, given the importance tied to their promotion. They may, therefore, be most susceptible to academic spam emails (ASEs) from predatory publishers, which contain unsolicited requests for publishing manuscripts, presentations at organisation meetings and memberships on editorial boards. There have been documented instances of accepting flawed manuscripts or fake editorial board members” (Wilkinson et al, 2019)

List of predatory publishers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allied_Academies

List of predatory journals: https://predatoryjournals.com/journals/

You can contribute the name of a predatory journal or publisher, either by
either email themsend them a tweet, or create an issue or pull request for the data files on GitHub. Be sure to include evidence of predatory behavior. They will investigate submissions to verify them, but more information helps them to verify more quickly.

Article for public recognition and Acknowledgements to the reviewers of the journal

Now journals seems to start also publishing a document with the list of reviewers for public recognition and Acknowledgements.

Related to the past post about “Get credit for reviewing manuscripts”

Acknowledgement to Reviewers of Materials in 2018

Materials Editorial Office, 2019 Editorial Acknowledgement to Reviewers of Materials in 2018. Materials. MDPI, St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland. Published: 8 January 2019, 12, 194; doi:10.3390/ma12010194.


Dear Reader, As we reach the final issue of European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics for 2019, we wish to reflect on another successful year’s … We would like to thank the following individuals who acted as reviewers for European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics in the past 12 months… (https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs13318-019-00586-4.pdf)

Innovation Summer School in Darmstadt, Jun-Aug 2019

Don’t miss out on this tremendous opportunity: the chance for brilliant international students to attend the 3-month Merck Innovation Summer School at Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt this June.The Merck Innovation Summer School is a paid 3-month intrapreneurship program (June-August 2019) that allows you to learn about intrapreneurship, meaning innovation in a corporate environment, and grow a seed idea into a “pitchable” innovation concept. The program is designed for PhD students and experienced Masters students and is fully integrated into the Merck Innovation Center.  Hurry up! the application deadline is coming very soon!

13 febrero – Feria Virtual de Carrera, organizada por ACNUR y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

La Unidad de Funcionarios Internacionales del MAUEC le invita a participar en la Feria Virtual de Carreras organizada por ACNUR y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, que tendrá lugar el 13 de febrero de 2019. Durante la feria podrá comunicar con responsables de reclutamiento de las organizaciones convocantes y obtener más información sobre las oportunidades que ofrecen en América Latina y el Caribe.

La feria está destinada a profesionales hispanohablantes con estudios universitarios nivel master o doctorado, buen nivel de inglés y una experiencia mínima de 5 años en alguno de los campos solicitados por los organizadores:

Administración de Programas y Proyectos, Arquitectura, Asuntos Económicos, Asuntos Humanitarios, Asuntos Políticos, Asuntos Sociales, Auditoría y Evaluación, Compras, Desarrollo, Gestión de Emergencias,  Educación, Información y Comunicación, Ingeniería, Logística, Medicina y Salud Pública, Seguridad, Migraciones y Refugiados, Relaciones Internacionales, , Informática y Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones.

Los profesionales interesados podrán participar desde sus ordenadores o dispositivos móviles en el lugar en que se encuentren.

La selección de los participantes se hará teniendo en cuenta los requisitos establecidos por las organizaciones invitadas.

Puede obtener más información y registrarse enhttps://rebrand.ly/LatamGCF

Responsible Research and Innovation: what really is it? what to write?

The Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist, hosted a round table on “Responsible Research and Innovation: a check-up” on March  2018. The full event was recorded and is available here.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has become a buzzword in European science in the last few years. Scientists must fill in the RRI section in their European project, and sometimes they do not know what to write there. Others are anxious to have the RRI tag attached to their communication and PR activities. But what really is RRI? Why is it needed? How could science and society benefit from this approach? The strict definition of RRI implies a radical change in the way of conceiving scientific projects from the very beginning, bringing a wide range of stakeholders (from companies to activists, from designers to patients…) in defining the scientific agenda. Are researchers prepared for that? What is the actual level of implementation of RRI in European science? What policies are there in place to facilitate this process?

Making science count in policy making

Representatives of the most important stakeholders participated in the round table:

  • Rosina Malagrida, La Caixa Foundation, RRI Tools project
  • Gerrit Rauws, Director at King Baudouin Foundation
  • Anne Loeber, NewHoRRIzon consortium

The round table is moderated by Dr. Michele Catanzaro (physicist, freelance science journalist for Nature, El Periódico, and other outlets).

This is a free on-line (only) event organized by the Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist.

Becas para realizar estancias de investigación en el extranjero

La Fundación Ramón Areces y la Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero abren sus convocatorias de movilidad internacional para investigadores.

Fundación Ramón Areces (plazo de solicitud hasta el 5 de abril de 2018)

Ampliación de Estudios en el Extranjero en Ciencias de la Vida y de la Materia

La Fundación Ramón Areces tiene como objetivo fundamental el patrocinio de proyectos de investigación científica y técnica en España a través de Concursos Nacionales, la formación de jóvenes investigadores, así como el fomento y desarrollo de la educación y de la cultura en general.

En línea con estos objetivos, la Fundación adjudicará veintidós Becas a doctores jóvenes para que amplíen sus estudios en universidades y centros de investigación en el extranjero durante el curso académico 2018/2019.

La convocatoria del presente año está orientada hacia los campos de:

  • Biomedicina
  • Química
  • Física y Materiales
  • Preservación de la Biosfera

La dotación económica de cada beca es de 2.200 euros mensuales durante un año, prorrogable por un segundo año, previo informe del Consejo Científico de la Fundación. Además, la Fundación se hace cargo de los gastos de viaje (ida y vuelta) y de un seguro de enfermedad y accidentes.

La convocatoria está abierta hasta el día 5 de abril de 2018.

Para más información sobre las solicitudes y los requisitos acudir a la web del programa.

Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero  (plazo de solicitud hasta el 27 de abril de 2018)

Becas de investigación en universidades o centros en el extranjero

Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero convoca 60 becas cuyo objetivo es realizar trabajos de investigación en universidades o centros de investigación en el extranjero, en temas que estén comprendidos en alguna de las siguientes áreas:

  • Agricultura y ganadería
  • Ciencias del mar
  • Ciencias de la salud
  • Tecnología de alimentos

En este caso, la dotación de la beca incluye:

  • Ayuda para traslados e instalación por un importe total de 3.100 euros.
  • Seguro de enfermedad y accidentes suscrito por la Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero y en su caso, el exigido por el centro extranjero.
  • Asignación mensual entre 1.900 y 3.000 euros, según el país de destino.

Las solicitudes se pueden realizar de forma presencial y online hasta el día 27 de abril de 2018.

Más información sobre estas ayudas en la web de la convocatoria.

Start to get credit for reviewing manuscripts/abstracts now!

Publons is a new platform that recognizes the reviews that the researchers perform for journals or conferences and discusses the latest research in their field. Anyone can create an account there and start receiving credit for a peer review that s/he has reviewed by simply forwarding the acknowledgment email s/he received from the journal/conference secretariat on to reviews@publons.com.

Publons rewards you for documenting your review history by providing you with a verified record which you can use in funding and promotion applications.

You can read more about Publons as well as other methods of adding reviews here.

Related to this post see the article for recognition and Acknowledgements to reviewers of a journal