Here we are! TRANSMIT officially started on January the 1st this year.
All the partners involved in the project met in Bologna on February 20 for the Kick-off Meeting. During the KOM they defined together both the scientific stages and the recruitment process of the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to be selected within the Consortium.
The selection process started in March and was completed at the end of September. The training activities started in October / November.
Each ESR defined, together with her/his supervisor(s), a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP). Along with research objectives, this plan includes the researcher’s training and career needs, as well as planning for publications and participation in conferences. Attention is paid to the quality of the joint research training programme. In addition, the meaningful exposure of each ESR to other disciplines and sectors represented in the network through visits, secondments and other training events is also ensured
Mid-Term Review Meeting
The Mid-Term Review was held in Bologna (Italy) on November 28. ESRs, PIs and UNIBO Coordination Team attended the event. Prof. Ralph DeBerardinis (Children’s Medical Center Research Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA) and Dr. Ana Mateus (Senior Editor at Nature Metabolism, London, UK), members of the Advisory Board, also participated in the meeting. ESRs, WP Leaders and UNIBO Coordination Team members presented the project progress to date in front of the REA Officer.
Cancer Metabolism Course
The advanced Course in Cancer Metabolism was be held in Bertinoro di Romagna (Italy) at CEUB on November 29-30. The course opened with the keynote lecture given by Ralph J. DeBerardinis (member of the TRANSMIT Advisory Board) and closed with the lecture given by Cristina Muñoz Pinedo (coordinator of the ITN project META-CAN). The afternoon sessions were dedicated to the TRANSMT ESRs presentations. On November 29, a session was specifically devoted to the posters presented by the external fellows.
School on Metabolomics
The School on Metabolomics, organised by BIOCREATES, took place in Innsbruck (Austria) on December 3-7. ESRs had lectures and practical sessions on: 1) Introduction to metabolomics; 2) Analytical techniques used in metabolomics; 3) Targeted metabolomics course using AbsoluteIDQ p180 kit; 4) Careers in metabolomics. The multidisciplinary 5-day School had a focus session in soft skills building. ESRs were trained on quality, project and product management.
The Course in Science Communication, organised by associate partner Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, was held in Milan (Italy) on May 2-4. The course tackled topics such as communication theories, scientific communication versus public communication of science, science communication on different media, science and society, models of science communication, communication in fundraising, how to organise a scientific press conference and how to prepare scientific interviews on different means of communication. The third day was entirely devoted to practical activities, including dissemination in high schools.
Dynamo Academy Course
The advanced Course in “Social Entrepreneurship and managerial skills”, organised by associate partner Dynamo Academy, took place in Milan (Italy) on May 6-7. The course programme focused on: theory of social entrepreneurship, business planning (project management and start up), leadership, budgeting, social finance and impact. The aim of the course was to allow ESRs to gain a practical experience on how to become a social entrepreneur, with an immediate access to the job market.
The Course in “European public and private opportunities for R&D, Innovation and Technology Transfer”, organised by associate partner INNOVA, was held in Rome (Italy) from September 30 to October 3. The training programme tackled issues such as: the main European public and private funding opportunities for R&D and Innovation; how to build a successful proposal for a Horizon 2020 RIA and MSCA action; how to access to Venture Capital and/or Business Angels private funds; the technology transfer process. A special session was dedicated to EC calls and guidelines, with a particular attention to Individual Marie Curie fellowships. A special session was also devoted to the employability of researchers in the industrial world.
The Symposium “Fostering applicative discoveries in cancer metabolism. Patients meet TRANSMIT Researchers” , co-organised by UNIBO and UCL, was held at the campus of the Université catholique de Louvain in Brussels (Belgium) on January 17-18, 2020.
Course in Open Access and Open Science
The on-line course in “Open Access and Open Science“, organised by UNIBO, was held on October 15, 2020. The course provided an overview of the Open Science context and the Open Access mandate, adopted by the most recent European and national research funding programmes. Specifically, it tackled issues related to the legal, librarianship and technical-technological aspects necessary to meet the Open Access / Open Data requirements. ESRs also had the opportunity to discuss issues related to their own data and publications.
Joint Press Conference