Women & science: movie + discussion

‘El enigma Agustina’ is a 2018 documentary about Agustina Ruiz Dupont, a fictional Spanish scientist that fought to break her way into the male-dominated scientific community of her time (1900-1930). The film is followed by a round table discussion about the topic ‘Women in Science: past, present, and future’, with the leading actors in attendance.

When? Friday 12 Apr 2019, 18:30 until 22:00.
Where?: Muntpunt, De Wolken +5, Munt 6, 1000 Brussels.

Book your place: Here

Organizer: Científicos Españoles en Bélgica (CEBE) in collaboration with FECYT (Fundación Española para la Ciencia Y Tecnología), the Spanish Embassy in Belgium (Spain Arts and Culture) & Muntpunt 

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.

Retractionwatch: an indispensable tool in scholarly publishing

Since August 2010, there is a place for recording  studies no longer reliable. The blog retractionwatch.com created the first database of retractions, with nearly 18,000 retractions so far, stretching back decades. There are well over a thousand retractions each year and this database inform about scientific misconducts.

Retractionwatch is doing deeper dives, prompting to file public records requests for reports of misconduct investigations and other materials (and their co-founders to urge universities to do a better job with them). In the past year, retractionwatch has collaborated together with journalism organizations, to bring readers stories that go deep and reach larger audiences than retractionwatch can on the blog. There are their established partnerships with STAT and Science, where they continue to break news and help readers make sense of developments.

Some of the most impressive stories related to retractions and academic misconduct include:

Can you share yours in the comments below?

This non-profit organization have received some foundation support from MacArthur Foundation, the Helmsley Trust, and the Arnold Foundation. The founders, Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus, are not taking salaries from the organization. One can contribute with a tax-deductible donation to The Center For Scientific Integrity or contribution, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, add them to your RSS reader, sign up for an email or subscribe to daily digest. If you find a retraction that’s not in their database, you can let them know here. For comments or feedback: team@retractionwatch.com.

Research Workshop: Understanding the ethics of interdisciplinary research with refugee communities

Friday June 15th. Arts Tower, Room 13.17, Sheffield, UK | Time: 9:30 – 14:15
This workshop is free to attend. Please register here

Dr Jason Hart (University of Bath) and Dr Lucy Mayblin (University of Warwick)
Also featuring PhD researchers Aya Musmar (Architecture) and Sarah Linn (Urban Studies and Planning), and Mrs Lindsay Unwin, Ethics & Integrity Officer, University of Sheffield.

jason-hart-27921-0002 Lucy Mayblin
Dr Jason Hart, Senior Lecture University of Bath. Co-Investigator EPSRC/GCRF funded project ‘Healthy Housing for the Displaced’ Dr Lucy Mayblin, Assistant Professor in Sociology, University of Warwick. PI ESRC Future Research Leaders project ‘Asylum, Welfare and Work in the Age of Austerity’.

The workshop, sponsored by the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), aims to explore the ethics of interdisciplinary research with refugee communities, in the context of displacement in refugee camps and host communities. Through a series of presentations from established and early career researchers in the area, delegates will be able to discuss the different challenges, approaches and best reflexive practices of interdisciplinary research with refugee communities. A particular focus throughout will be on bringing together disciplines for which the issues are challenging but broadly familiar (principally within the Social Sciences), with those such as Science and Engineering which have been less used to engaging with the ethics of working with vulnerable groups, but now need to in the context of interdisciplinarity and impact, and funding streams which support this (such as the GCRF).
Coffee and light lunch will be provided.

Organisers: Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza (Politics); Dr Steve Connelly (Urban Studies and Planning); Helen Woolley (Department of Landscape); Aldous Everard (Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures).

*Any views expressed within the workshop do not necessarily represent the views of the UREC.
For more information please contact marcia.vera@sheffield.ac.uk

Register Here

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.

“Hydrogeoday” 10 March, Coruña 2018

This Saturday 10th of March, the Asociación Española de Hidrogeólogos (Spanish Association of Hydrogeologists) organizes the “Hydrogeoday”, a scientific dissemination workshop in hydrogeology, that will take place in Galicia, under the direction of the research group “Agua y Suelo – AQUASOL” (Water and soil), belonging to CICA (Centro de Investigaciones Científicas Avanzadas) from the Universidade da Coruña

Poster of the Hydrogeoday workshop.

More info: http://www.aih-ge.org/

The focus will be in good practices for quality groundwater collection from small water supplies, which are quite abundant in rural areas.

The workshop is open to all kind of people and is free of charge. But places are limited and is necessary to enroll in advance via e-mail.

09:45 bus from A Coruña center, to Escuela de Caminos and later on to Abegondo townhall.