Young Scientist Forum (YSF)

Our Webinar Series for Young Scientists

Episode 11 - Monday 5th December 2022 at 15:00 CET

How to make friends in science?
We all know doing science is a team effort and you can elevate your research to a whole new level with the help of complementary skills of a talented collaborator. But do you find all those collaborators? And more importantly, how do you team up with the right partners for your project?

We have invited two socially apt scientists with a knack for recognising potential for collaboration to come and tell us all how you can turn mere networking into a successful scientific consortium.

Speakers:
Gabriela S. Lorite – University of Oulu
Jānis Ločs – Riga Technical University

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Episode 10 - Monday 7th November 2022 at 15:00 CET
Behind the scene - scientific conferences
After a few years of online conferences, many of us have finally had the opportunity to attend a real face-to-face conference. Scientific conferences are an important venue for networking, but what does it take to organise one?  Why do scientists volunteer to spend an enormous amount of time organising a conference? What does one get back in return?

We have invited the organisers of ESB2023 and ScSB2023 to give us a glimpse behind the scene of organising these events.  

Speakers:
Matteo D'este –organiser of ESB2023
Berit L Strand – organiser of ScSB2023

Episode 9 - Monday 3rd October 2022 at 15:00 CET
Is more always more?
Publication metrics have become an important measure of research excellence in modern academia, whether we like it or not. A young scientist will often be ranked among their peers based on their publication track record when applying for postdoctoral or tenure-track positions.

We have invited two early career PIs to tell their story and explain what kind of strategy (or the lack thereof!) have helped them accumulate a convincing publication track record.

Speakers:
Andris Šutka – materials scientist at Riga Technical University
Oommen P. Oommen – biomaterials scientist at Tampere University
Episode 8 - Monday 12th September 2022 at 15:00 CET
The ten mortal sins of science
We all know how to adhere to responsible research practices in the lab. But how aware are we of all the potential pitfalls we may encounter when translating our research findings to publications? Are there any particular perils we should be keeping an eye on to maintain our scientific integrity in the “publish or perish” world of academia?
 
Our speaker for this episode will walk us through the deep waters of research and publication ethics to help us learn how to spot the warning signs on route to scientific fraud and misconduct.

Speaker:
Tone Gadmar – chemist and senior academic librarian at University of Oslo
Episode 7 - Monday 2nd May 2022 at 15:00 CET
How to score a Marie Curie postdoc grant?
Writing a winning research proposal is always hard, especially when you have little experience in writing research proposals. It may even seem almost impossible to succeed in scoring a very lucrative, yet highly competitive, research grant such as a Marie Curie postdoc grant.

But it is NOT impossible as our two invited speakers will confirm you. Join in to get their tips on writing a winning Marie Curie postdoc proposal!

Speakers:
Manuel Gomez-Florit – Former Marie Curie postdoc fellow
Dagnija Loca – Expert evaluator for Marie Curie postdoc proposals
Episode 6 - Monday 4th April 2022 at 15:00 CET
IP = innovation potential..?
We all have great ideas and sometimes we can even prove they work in the lab! But do we know which ideas are worth protecting with a patent? Why should we bother with IP and when is it too late to protect your ideas?

A biomaterial scientist and a life science patent attorney discuss all matters related to intellectual property rights from their two different points of view. And why is it important for all scientists to know how to secure the rights to their innovative  ideas.

Speakers:
Håkan Engqvist – innovative scientist at Uppsala University
Ylva Skoglösa – former scientist turned European patent attorney at aera
Episode 5 - Monday 7th March 2022 at 15:00 CET
Spark it up!
Do you have a great idea and want to turn it into a real-life solution? But just don’t know how to get started or where to find funding to test our your ideas and push them towards reality?  You are not alone!

We have invited a representative of the SPARK Global network to come tell us about early-stage innovation funding and the support available for researchers to bridge the gap between bench and bedside.

Speaker:
Juho Väisänen – SPARK Finland
Episode 4 - Monday 7th February 2022 at 15:00 CET
Starting up!
Is life of an entrepreneur as glamorous as we think it is? Why should you step out of the comfortable realms of academia to the scary world of business? Is it possible to combine academic research with managing your own start-up company?

Three young entrepreneurs will share their experiences of taking the giant leap into the unknown in their quest of converting their own research results from journal articles to real world applications.

Speakers:
Laura Koivusalo – CEO and cofounder at StemSight
Manuel Schweikle – CSO and cofounder at ClexBio
Tiziano Serra – CSO and cofounder at mimiX Biotherapeutics
Episode 3 - Monday 10th January 2022 at 15:00 CET
Dumbing it down - how to make science more accessible
Have you ever tried explaining how LEDs work to your grandmother? Or had awkward conversations at family gatherings trying to explain what you do at work? Telling other people about your research is never easy when you cannot use your usual vocabulary, is it?

Two science communication enthusiasts will share their experiences of making science more understandable. And maybe even give us some tips on how to let the world know what we do in the lab and why it all matters.

Speakers:
Brianna Bibel – The Bumbling Biochemist on social media
Jessica Lönn-Stensrud – The Bacteria Lady writing about our tiniest friends
Episode 2 - Monday 6th December 2021 at 15:00 CET
Editor's pick
How do I get my articles published in the best journals? What do I need to write in the cover letter to get the editor’s attention? What does an editor of a journal even do, apart from “unfairly” rejecting my manuscripts without review? And what is the surest way to get my article rejected?

Two well-known biomaterials scientists and journal editors will  provide us a glimpse to the world of scientific publishing from the editor’s point of view.

Speakers:
Dr Marc Bohner – Editor for Acta Biomaterialia
Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini – Editor-in-Chief for Materials Letters
Episode 1 - Monday 1st November 2021 at 15:00 CET
Science or gelato - is that the question?
Should I stay in academia or try the “real world”? Does a career in academia permanently close other doors? Is choosing to work in industry a point of no return for my career path? What options remain unexplored? These questions are more than familiar to every young scientist.

Two scientists with very different career paths will share their story and discuss these questions.

Speakers:
Dr Karlis Agris Gross - Riga Technical University
Dr Elli Käpylä - Aalto University

What is the United North

The YSF national chapters in Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltics have united their forces to create a webinar series that focuses on topics that are of particular interest to young early career scientists. United North is just what we decided to call ourselves for simplicity. Much snappier than "the region comprising the Nordic countries and the Baltic states". Our online events are all free of charge, and despite the name, also available for everyone outside the Northern corner of Europe.

Are you a young scientist and want to get involved in organising activities for your follow young scientists? Or do you have ideas for new topics we should cover in our webinar series? Please get in touch with one of the national chapter representatives of the United North!

National Chapter Representatives for the United North

YSF - Scandinavia
YSF - Baltics
YSF -  Finland