Periodic Reporting for period 2 - ReTuBi (Towards outstanding research and training in tumour biology at IMM)
Reporting period: 2017-04-01 to 2018-12-31
• Staff Exchanges - During the second report period of the project's implementation, the ReTuBi has conducted 35 staff exchanges.
• Scholarship Conference Award – For the second report period, we awarded 21 conference awards
• Workshops – we organized the Second Edition of the Career Development and soft skills for young scientists – From Lisbon to the World (February 20-21, 2018, iMM, Lisbon, Portugal) and the second edition of the Workshop on High-Resolution Light Microscopy (October 22-26, 2018, iMM, Lisbon, Portugal)
• Scientific Symposia. We held two scientific symposia on the second reporting period: one related to “Cancer metastasis and cell migration” in 2-4 May 2018, Douro, Portugal. A second one related to “Stem cells mutagenesis” on July 3-5, 2018, Montargil, Portugal.
• Joint lab meetings – We organized a total of 5 joint lab retreats between iMM, DKFZ and Curie Institut labs.
• ReTuBi Lectures – in the second report we received 19 expert visits whose lectures promoted the quality of the research knowledge to the iMM research community, with a special focus on the PhD and Post-doc communities.
• ReTuBi Joint Summer School – the Second Summer School was held in September 17-20, 2018 in parallel with one Scientific Symposia on signaling (SINAL 2018). This maximized resource efficiency and ensure high number of participants by promoting themes related with the cancer and tumour biology.
• Communication and Dissemination – through communication and dissemination activities efforts are made to raise awareness towards the ReTuBi project through the development of the ReTuBi logo, website page, press releases, brochure, newsletters, social media, events and meetings.
• Ethics – Staff exchanges are the activities susceptible of having associated ethical issues, therefore, specific scientific activity plans for each staff exchange are previously defined. Consequently, eventual ethical issues involved in each individual staff exchange is intrinsically connected with the design of the activity plan for that staff exchange, and the ethics assessment process for each individual exchange is also required to be carried out closer to the actual timing of the visit.
As such, it is expected greater impacts by bringing closer stakeholders, institutions and researchers, thus, improving the opportunity to achieve more beneficial results in society, whether in health of economics. Such effects are already being observed by the increase of interactions between our institute and society in general, via the increase of interaction with general media, patient associations and social media. Furthermore, we further expect in the future to increase the economical impact of this network via patent licencing, spinoff company creation, competitive national and international funding.