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ENABLE Report Summary

Project ID: 724115
Funded under: H2020-EU.5.a.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ENABLE (European Academy for Biomedical Science)

Reporting period: 2016-07-01 to 2017-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ENABLE (European Academy for Biomedical Science) is the first European symposium organized by and for PhD students and Postdocs. This initiative seeks to promote excellence in the biomedical sciences in Europe by supporting young researchers, strengthening scientific careers, and bringing biomedicine closer to society. To achieve this, ENABLE is organized around three main pillars:

• Scientific symposium: Two full days on which young scientists from all over Europe will learn about various biomedical fields and cutting-edge techniques through talks, masterclasses, and informal chats with renowned scientists.

• Career day: A full day on which participants will be able to attend workshops, chat with professionals, and learn about career options at the “opportunity fair”, in which companies ranging from the publishing world to the biotechnological and pharmaceutical sectors will be present.

• Outreach activities: A series of sessions in which participants can explain biomedicine to the general public and thus bring science closer to society.

The ENABLE conference is about opening academia from within to promote a new research culture through a real exchange between young scientists, renowned researchers, industry professionals, and citizens. Moreover, unlike other conferences, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows are in charge of the event as a way to empower them regarding their future career choices.

Until 2020, four European cities will host annually a 3-day international congress on biomedicine organised by and for young biomedical scientists: Barcelona 2017, Copenhagen 2018, Nijmegen 2019, Milan 2020.

ENABLE, which has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 724115, involves four renowned European Research Institutes (IRB Barcelona – Spain, RIMLS – Netherlands, NNF CPR – Denmark, SEMM – Italy) and an innovative science communication agency (Scienseed).

For more information, you can watch the ENABLE presentation video (, visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (ENABLE Network EU).

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"The 1st European PhD and Postdoc symposium “Breaking Down Complexity: Innovative Models and Techniques in Biomedicine” will be held in Barcelona from the 15th to the 17th of November 2017.
The programme includes:
- key-note lectures of 8 renowned international speakers
- masterclasses in small groups of 1 or 2 articles proposed by the keynote speakers and IRB Barcelona Facility managers
- short-talks given by 16 selected attendees
- 100 selected poster in two separate session
- interaction activities with invited speakers, such as ""tapas with speakers""
- career chats with 18 professionals
- 8 workshops in transferable skills
- opportunity fair with 20 companies and 8 academic institutions
- two round-tables for the general public
- 24 microtalks for the general public in 4 different pubs of Barcelona
- activities for schools

This initiative aims to involve young scientists in opening the academic world from within; promoting crosstalk between biomedical disciplines, collaboration with industry and engagement with society.

The ENABLE symposium is mainly organized by young researchers and for young researchers and will be an inspiring event not to miss.

Registration closed at the end of September, having received more than 300 registrations from 27 different countries. 68 travel grants have been awarded to eligible participants who actively participate via poster presentation, short talk or micro talk."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The annual meetings organized within the duration of this project will gather outstanding researchers from all over the world at all levels of their careers to discuss top-notch topics on Biomedicine, a field in continuous evolution and transformation. This will be exploited to translate the results of the scientific discussions into a forum of debate in which the society will have the opportunity to participate. A wide range of sectors from society will directly benefit from this experience. This will be the first time that symposia organized by predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers from four independent European research institutions focused on Biomedical research will join forces to organize a recurring symposium, which will undoubtedly become a reference for the young researchers community.
Science, more than any other discipline such arts, music, literature, might trigger the interest and the curiosity of a child if shown in a way that makes it funny, attractive but above all, wondering. Yet, few children grow-up, thinking they want to be a scientist. This is what the activities for schools included in ENABLE, such as “The scientific method for children” and “What is a scientist”, want to achieve. These activities, addressed and designed to fascinate the youngest audience, i.e. school kids, are scheduled to be held each year during the international gatherings. Activities of this nature are crucial to stimulate the intrinsic inquisitiveness that children show from an early age. At a more advanced level, activities addressed to high-school kids, “Biomedicine is out there” and “on-line science”, will contribute to bring this curiosity to young students beyond the University environment.
Finally, the ENABLing Career Workshops will further inspire researchers as to the possibilities being their own perceived boundaries.
ENABLE will be also a way of increasing the visibility of an immense talent bank in Europe. Indeed, the Scientific and Local Organizing Committees, formed exclusively by young researchers of the four participating European institutions, will carefully orchestrate a series of actions that will conclude with the celebration of ENABLE, giving the young organizers a unique opportunity to be the protagonists and to show their talent to an international scientific audience, which will also include top-notch scientists.
The strong communication strategy that has targeted all groups belonging to the whole scientific community as well as industry, patients associations, charities, SME’s, pharmaceutical companies, schools, and general public, made become ENABLE an event of reference.

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