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Champalimaud Research Symposium 2022

Deciding how to fund research:  perspectives on the partial randomisation process

Wednesday 21st September 2022 Hybrid (online/onsite @Palácio Governador, Lisbon)

As competition for research funding increases, funding 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. 

The overall goal of this event was to 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 highlight the perspective of researchers on this topic. The session ended with a roundtable discussion featuring the views from researchers hosted by Portuguese institutions on whether partial randomisation is an appropriate alternative to the current peer review process, followed by a capacity building workshop for regional research managers. 

Chair: Ana Saraiva Ayash; Co-Chairs: Bruno Ceña, Filipa Cardoso, Andreia Tavares

Opening remarks
Leonor Beleza, President of the Champalimaud Foundation
Joana Lamego, Head of Strategic Research Development

Rethinking the funding line: random selection at the Swiss National Science Foundation 
Marco Bieri, Scientific Officer, Swiss National Science Foundation

Experimenting with grant awarding procedures
Lene Oddershede, Senior Vice President, Novo Nordisk Foundation

The perspectives from researchers on funding lotteries
Axel Philipps, Leibniz Center for Science and Society, Leibniz University of Hannover

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Equalization and Randomization
Adrian Mota, Associate Vice-President, Research Programs - Operations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Roundtable discussion: COLife Researchers views on partial randomisation for the allocation of research funding 
Moderated by Adriana Sánchez-Danés (ERA Chair), Champalimaud Foundation

What's your job?  Milda Maisonyte - Paths to BioTech in Europe

Friday 8th April 2022 12:30-13:30 Online

Contact Milda via  LinkedIn

Bio: Milda is currently Business Development Manager at NZYTech. NZYTech is a leading and constantly growing Portuguese biotechnology company that was founded by scientists. She was born in Lithuania was in Germany for many years, where, after learning the language, she started studying molecular and cell biology. She never planned to do a PhD. After some encouragement, started a PhD journey. As soon as the experiments were conducted, she left Berlin and moved to Lisbon to relax, heal the PhD wounds, and write her  thesis. She was still writing when she got contacted by a recruiter via LinkedIn. After many interviews and some language tests, she got her first position in industry. Soon after, she moved to a position as Business Development Manager at NZYTech in Lisbon. 

Milda kindly shared with us some insights on her recent transition from academia to the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.

What's your job? Elizabeth Rickenbacher - Paths to Pharma - Clinical Trials

Friday 18th March 2022 15:00-16:00

Rewatch talk here (internal access only)

Bio: Elizabeth is currently Director of Strategy at 4G Clinical. 4G Clinical creates software to run the back-end of a clinical trial. That means randomizing patients into treatment and placebo groups, locating medicines and placebos, keeping the supply of those medicines stocked, and, during the pandemic, delivering those medicines to patients. 

Elizabeth  kindly shared with us some helpful dos and don'ts of transitioning from academia to a corporate environment. 

What's your job? Rebecca Leshan - Science for Policy & Policy for Science

Friday February 11th 16:00-17:00

Bio: Rebecca Leshan is executive director of the Banbury Center, the think tank-style conference center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Center is recognized internationally for its closed discussion workshops in areas ranging from discovery and translational science to education and policy issues. As executive director, Rebecca oversees all aspects of the Center’s programs, from selecting the topics for meetings and working with expert leads to organize, to overseeing implementation and tracking outcomes. As a member of CSH’s non-research faculty, Rebecca also co-instructs a graduate course on Scientific Exposition and Ethics, and serves as one of the Laboratory’s representatives to the National Academies of Science, Engineering,and Medicine Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.

Prior to joining Banbury in 2016, Rebecca was a regional director (USA-East) for the UK Government’s Science & Innovation Network, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this role, she worked to strengthen UK-US collaborations in science and engineering, as well as advising policymakers on science and technology issues. Her work largely centered on national security/defense issues and the biosciences. Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Molecular & Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan, and conducted postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University, focusing on neural mechanisms controlling body weight and arousal.

What's your job? Richard Sever - Careers Outside the Bench

Friday January 14th 16:00-17:00 

Rewatch talk here

Bio: Richard Sever is Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press at CSH Laboratory in New York, Co-Founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv and co-edited the book Career Options for Biomedical Scientists. 

After receiving a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, Richard obtained his PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. He then moved into editorial work, first as an editor at Current Opinion in Cell Biology and later Trends in Biochemical Sciences. He subsequently served as Executive Editor of Journal of Cell Science, before moving to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2008. 


Methods and Models in Biomedical Research: Building Bridges
Online Workshop June 14-15 2021

Open Science, Ethics, Communication, Governance

Held over two consecutive afternoons, this workshop created a cross-disciplinary ecosystem, bringing together diverse communities in biomedical sciences (agency, regulator, industry, researchers) to talk freely about methods and models and explore common ground. 

Organisers: Champalimaud Foundation (CONGENTO and QuantOCancer projects), the Joint Research Centre (JRC), FRESCI, Interchange Ltd. 

Sponsors: Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Re-watch Day 1 and Day 2 on our Youtube channel. 

Join our ##MMBridges LinkedIn group

CoolToolsfor Science 2.0

Online Workshop May 12-13 2021

Open Science, Communication, Tech Transfer

The second userinnovation workshop putting a spotlight on tools and solutions to supportresearch, facilitating sharing. Included a video preparation workshop for pitchers and a tech transfer session with IST tech transfer/IP office.

Organisers: National RIs (Biodata.pt,CONGENTO), QuantOCancer, IGC, CF, IST

Sponsors: QuantOCancer, Fisher Scientific


Justifying your Research Design: Sex and Gender Dimensions

Online Workshop March 24th 2021

Gender, Ethics, Open science

This tailored workshop - attended by 50 CCU researchers - aimed to offer training and expert advice on facilitating integration of sex and gender dimension analysis into research design and address concerns around this topic. The ultimate goal was to raise awareness on how considering these themes in the way our research projects and standards are designed can influence the quality and usefulness of the results, and discuss tools to do so effectively. Facilitated by an external expert, Prof. Sabine Oertelt-Prigione (Chair of Gender Medicine at the Radboud University, NL), this workshop first explored the theory of sex and gender in biomedicine and  highlighted key findings from several case studies. This was followed by a showcase of in-house researchers’ experience (Fatima Cardoso, Clara Ferreira) on how their research in both humans and non-human animal models has benefited significantly from taking sex and/or gender into consideration. We finished with topic-specific breakout groups for participants to begin to apply the discussed themes to their own research questions. 

You can re-watch the main talks on YouTube and find follow-up resources here.

Internal Chairs: Bill Podlaski, Clara Ferreira, Cristina João, Laura Ward

Organiser and sponsor: QuantOCancer

Participants: 49


Your data, your story: showcase and share it right! 

Open science, Ethics, Governance

An ongoing series of webinars and workshops designed by QuantOCancer bringing experts on best practices in communicating your research. 

Online Session 1: Open and Inclusive Science outside of the academic bubble - Sep 22nd 2020 


Watch on YouTube - Slides on Zenodo

Internal Chair: Adriana Sánchez-Danés (ERA Chair)

Organiser and sponsor: QuantOCancer

Participants: 42

Follow-up Workshop: Best Practices in Research Reproducibility - Sep 22nd 2020

Slides on Zenodo

Online Session 2: Transparent Publishing and Open Science how to share reproducible data - Nov 16th 2020

Dr. Bernd Pulverer - Chief Editor EMBO Journal, Head of Scientific Publications EMBO Press

 Watch on YouTube

Internal Chair: Thiago Carvalho

Organiser and sponsor: QuantOCancer

Participants: 45

1. Paola Masuzzo

Paola Masuzzo has a PhD in Bioinformatics from Ghent University, in Belgium, and a big passion for data. During her PhD, she had the privilege to become an active member of a vibrant community around Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. Since then, she has participated in many international projects for the promotion of open research practices, especially for FAIR data and open source code. She is currently a data scientist for a corporate organization, an independent researcher by the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) and spends a lot of free time advocating for free and fair access to knowledge. She has co-authored many articles on open scholarly communication, has been a ContentMine and a Research Data Alliance fellow, has co-founded the Civic Lab Ghent and has sat on the Steering Committee of the Open Science MOOC. You can follow her on Twitter @pcmasuzzo

2. Bernd Pulverer

Following undergraduate studies in Cambridge, Bernd received his PhD in 1992 from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, London, for uncovering posttranslational regulation of the transcription factors c-Jun and c-Myc by the JNK and MAP kinases. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and at the University of Innsbruck. Bernd was associate and then senior editor at Nature from 1999 until 2002 and subsequently chief editor of Nature Cell Biology. He joined EMBO in 2009 as chief editor of The EMBO Journal and Head of Scientific Publications, and serves on the advisory board of bioRxiv and the steering committee of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).


Improving Openness in Animal Research in Portugal - Workshop @ CCU Nov 20th 2019

Open Science, Ethics

60 participants took part a workshop and panel discussion discussing improving openness in communications about animal research with the general public, political decision makers, and opinion formers in Portugal. The workshop was offered to those working in the life sciences sector and designedto support researchers and institutions that wish to be more open about theanimal research they carry out. With contributions from experts in variousrelated fields (including Kirk Leech,Executive Director, European Animal Research Association; Dr. Ana Mena, Head ofPublic Engagement, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) Sara Sá, ScienceJournalist, Visão magazine, Dr. Susana Lima, Neuroscientist and Biologist,chaired by Isabel Campos (animal platforms, CCU). We hope that this workshop will help to kick-start a cultural change and support research institutions to handle this issue constructively - let's work towards Responsible Research and Innovation!

Organiser and sponsors: EARA, CONGENTO, QuantOCancer

Additional Sponsors: SFN, FENS

Cool Tools for Science - Workshop @ CCU May 29th 2019

Open Science, Communication, Tech Transfer

This user innovation workshop successfully showcased 26 tool - putting a spotlight on tools and solutions to support research (rather than research itself) and facilitating the sharing of these creations with others who may find them useful.

Organisers: National RIs (Biodata.pt, Congento, RNEM- Portuguese Mass Spectrometry Network), with FChampalimaud - FundaçãoChampalimaud (QuantOCancer pre ERA-Chair installation), FCUL - Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa,Genome.pt, IGC - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, IMM - Instituto de MedicinaMolecular João Lobo Antunes, INESC-ID - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas eComputadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento, ITQB NOVA - Instituto deTecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,PPBI - Portuguese Platform of BioImaging, PTNMR - Portuguese Nuclear MagneticResonance Network

Sponsors: Fisher Scientific, Zeiss, LusoPalex, VWR, Fundação Gulbenkian

Participants: 79 participants

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