Outreach

As part of intensive training within ITN-BIOPOL our fellows participate in outreach activities in their host institutions. Fellows mainly participated in science fairs and school days designed and/or organised by themselves. All fellows were actively involved in managing BIOPOL Twitter account @ITN_BIOPOL.

Through outreach activities BIOPOL fellows:

  • raise awareness of research funded by the European Union,
  • contribute to increase the public understanding of science,
  • improve their communication skills to non-specialist staff, school pupils and general public at a very basic level.
Outreach activity I
Fellow Activity Date and Place
Larisa Venkova (ESR1) Long Night of Science June '16, Dresden
Lokesh Pimpale (ESR2) Long Night of Science June' 16, Dresden
Henry De Belly (ESR3) Workshop with high school students April '16, Paris
Sara Tan (ESR4) Bioscience workshop for students November '16, Sheffield
Nicola Pellicciotta (ESR5) The Hands-On Research School July '16, Trieste
Claire Murzeau (ESR6) Researcher’s Night September '16, Sheffield
Arnaud Nicolas (ESR7) Leiden Analytical Bioscience group inauguration day
Museum Night at Leiden University
End-of-the-Year wishes event
µTAS Outreach activity
March '15, Leiden
May '15, Leiden
December '15, Leiden
Obtober '16, Dublin
Carlos Ureña Martín (ESR8) Science Week at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris April '16, Paris
Joanna Zell (ESR9) Science show at the homeless shelter December '15, London
Hannes Maib (ESR10) Researcher’s Night September '16, Sheffield
Shada Abuhattum (ESR11) Long Night of Science June '16, Dresden
Víctor Jiménez (ESR12) Madrid Science Week November '16, Madrid
Qiuyu Zhuang (ESR13) - -
Joan Carles Escolano Caselles (ESR14) The Twitter account @BIOPOL_ITN through the BIOPOL grant life
Antonio Quílez-Álvarez (ESR15) Meet the Fellows
Science show for children at Colegio Estudiantes
Science show for children at CEIP Camilo José Cela
Researcher’s Night
April '16, Madrid
May '16, Madrid
June '16, Madrid
September '16, Madrid
Ilaria Di Meglio (ESR16) Chimiscope April '16, Geneva

Outreach activity II
Fellow Activity Date and Place
Larisa Venkova (ESR1) Interdisciplinary workshop about microfluidics and life science
Workshop for high school students - OSS
June/July ’17, Paris
February ’17, Paris
Lokesh Pimpale (ESR2) - -
Henry De Belly (ESR3) In2science July ’17, London
Sara Tan (ESR4) Discovery Night March ’17, Sheffield
Nicola Pellicciotta (ESR5) Physics at work August ’17, Cambridge
Claire Murzeau (ESR6) Biosciences STEM Workshop 2016 November ’16, Sheffield
Arnaud Nicolas (ESR7) National conference on animal free innovations June ’17, Utrecht
Carlos Ureña Martín (ESR8) Workshop for high school students - OSS February ’17, Paris
Joanna Zell (ESR9) Pint of Science May ’17, Paris
Hannes Maib (ESR10) Biosciences STEM Workshop 2016 November ’16, Sheffield
Shada Abuhattum (ESR11) Long Night of Science June ’17, Dresden
Víctor Jiménez (ESR12) CNIC open day for kids
VIII Scientific Weekend, Alcobendas
November ’16, Madrid
May ’17, Madrid
Qiuyu Zhuang (ESR13) FameLab March ’17, Padua
Joan Carles Escolano Caselles (ESR14) Long Night of Science June ’17, Dresden
Antonio Quílez-Álvarez (ESR15) CNIC Technical Units Tour May ’17, Madrid
Ilaria Di Meglio (ESR16) Culinary: from the sea to science June ’17, Geneva

Outreach activity III
Fellow Activity Date and Place
Larisa Venkova (ESR1) Supervision of professionally oriented internship for kids December ’17, Paris
Lokesh Pimpale (ESR2) Long Night of Science June ‘18, Dresden
Henry De Belly (ESR3) LMCB School visit February ’18, London
Sara Tan (ESR4) Discovery Night 2018 March ’18, Sheffield
Nicola Pellicciotta (ESR5) Physics at work September ’18, Cambridge
Claire Murzeau (ESR6) Biosciences STEM Workshop 2017 November ’17, Sheffield
Arnaud Nicolas (ESR7) - -
Carlos Ureña Martín (ESR8) - -
Joanna Zell (ESR9) PERFORM project March-May ’18, Paris
Hannes Maib (ESR10) Biosciences STEM Workshop 2017 November ’17, Sheffield
Shada Abuhattum (ESR11) Long Night of Science June ‘18, Dresden
Víctor Jiménez (ESR12) A family day at CNIC November ’17, Madrid
Qiuyu Zhuang (ESR13) DMM Scientific Meeting 2017 November ’17, Padua
Joan Carles Escolano Caselles (ESR14) Long Night of Science June ‘18, Dresden
Antonio Quílez-Álvarez (ESR15) Madrid Science Week: Family Day at CNIC
European Researchers Night 2018 by Madri+d Foundation
November ‘17, Madrid
September ’18, Madrid
Ilaria Di Meglio (ESR16) Geneva chemistry & biochemistry days January ’18, Geneva

Outreach activity IV

flyer asvertisinf Pint of Science event organised by ITN-BIOPOL fellows

As part of the training, BIOPOL fellows were encouraged to run an event promoting BIOPOL network and research to the public - Outreach activity IV. Fellows decided to host a fun, informal evening of talks and quizzes in a local pub. They were supported by an organisation which commonly hosts such events – Pint of Science, which is a British-based international organisation whose main objective is to catalyse the exchange of knowledge and culture between the non-scientific public and scientific researchers. PoS’s main activity is a science festival held in bars over three evenings in May. These events have soared in popularity every year since its debut in 2013.

The outreach activity IV was organised as a one-off special Pint of Science (PoS) event entitled “What happens when we push cells to their limit?” on 6th September in the North Bar in Harrogate, UK, along with the ITN-BIOPOL Final Meeting and PhysCell2018 conference.

BIOPOL fellows confidently solicited the support of PoS in selling tickets on their website (https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/what-happens-when-we-push-cells-to-their-limit) and publicising through their e-mailing list, BIOPOL and North Bar Twitter accounts. The event was also advertised locally through posters and flyers in the bar and in the closest neighbourhood. 33 members of the local public attended the event. Most attendants, as well as the pub managers who hosted the event, had previously heard of or attended PoS events, however, these attendants had no connection with BIOPOL or biophysics research previously.