On October 20th, as part of the 2022 Champalimaud Research Symposium QuantOCancer took over the final session of the day to host an informal exploration around both finding and acting as a mentor throughout your working life, drawing on experiences from researchers with different lived experiences and at different career stages. We were kindly joined by invited speakers Neta Erez, Sarah-Maria Fendt, Gerard Evan and Ana Luísa Correia, who shared some wisdom and fielded questions from a highly involved in-house and online audience, with Adriana Sánchez-Danés and mentors Laura Silva and Francisco Azevedo also presenting the outcomes of the 2021/2022 edition of the Ciência di Noz Manera local high-school mentoring programme. Going forward, this programme is now funded and run through RAISE project.
On 30th September 2022, Champalimaud Foundation held the first-ever European Researchers Night onsite, reaching over 1200 people who, over nine hours, were able to visit six different areas of the Champalimaud Foundation. With a programme made up of 60 free activities: from dance, to workshops, music to practical science stations, visits to laboratories to stand-up comedy and speed dating on board a catamaran, there was no shortage of moments of exploration and wonder. We also had tuk tuks, round table discussions, podcasts, football and much, much more, effectively bridging the gap between science aand society. Seeing diversity and inclusion reflected not only in the programme but also in the public was something really special.
Both the night and the two linked Researchers At Schools programmes are supported by the MSCA and Citizens 2022 Coordination and Support Action RAISE, which brings together three Portuguese entities with similar goals: Native Scientist, Champalimaud Foundation and Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes for a wider national-level impact. Securing this grant would not have been possible without the Ciência di Noz Manera pilot conducted through QuantOCancer project, which forms the backbone of the integrated regional Researchers at Schools programme. All members of the ERA Chair’s research team also contributed actively, running practical activities for the public throughout the night.
Register now for the upcoming online event “Deciding How to Fund Research”!
👉👀 Event Programme and Registration
As competition for research funding increases, agencies are looking for novel ways to allocate their funds in a bid to remove potential biases and increase the transparency of how funding decisions are made.
This half-day event from QuantOCancer will highlight examples from international funding entities that are either already piloting or considering implementing different models to allocate research funds with a particular emphasis on the partial randomisation process, and bring the perspective of researchers on this topic.
Speakers will include Marco Bieri from the SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation, Lene B. Oddershede, Professor from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Axel Philipps from the Leibniz Universität Hannover, and Adrian Mota from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research | Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, with a researcher roundtable session moderated by Adriana Sánchez-Danés from the Champalimaud Foundation.