Hi, it's iPLACENTA project manager Mirren writing here. I have just witnessed the six teams in our Enterprising Skills Training Programme deliver their end-of-programme business pitches and wow, I was impressed.
From attending lectures on extracellular vesicle (EV) research in dust to consuming smoked fish for breakfast; attending my first congress across the world in Japan was a surprising but amazing experience.
When I received an email with the confirmation of my abstract being accepted for a poster presentation for a congress I wanted to attend since I started working within the field of EV research, I was over the moon. I couldn’t believe I was going to attend a conference in Japan until the moment I stepped out of the plane. It was surreal. So, tons of coffee later to deal with the 9-hour time difference and the worst travel companion (my poster which was at my side the whole 24-hour travel time), let me tell you about me surviving my first congress.
The University of Turin hosted the first iPLACENTA Network Meeting on June 13th-14th 2019. Early-stage researchers (ESRs), supervisors and coordinators gathered in the Italian sun for fruitful exchanges, giving opportunities for ESRs to receive expert feedback on their projects and discuss new collaborations within the consortium. Their first scientific posters and oral presentations, judged by external advisors, gave a great overview of all the work already accomplished within the first months. Summary: highly motivated members, and plenty of exciting perspectives for the coming years !
The 22nd of May is World Preeclampsia day, a pregnancy complication affecting more than 10 million women and newborns each year. On this special day, we would like to introduce you the iPlacenta network and its 15 Early Stage Researchers dedicated to modelling and understanding this pathology. Have a look at the video to discover more about who we are, and how our diverse backgrounds will be put together to fight placenta-related disorders.
March and April saw some of our early-stage researchers already presenting posters and visiting international conferences, in France, Ireland, the UK and Japan!
The training workshop on Clinical Complications in Maternal and Fetal Health took place at St George's University Hospital in London. It allowed the early-stage researchers (ESR) to engage with research-focused clinicians, non-academic professionals and representatives of patient groups in order to gain a better understanding of the potential translational outcomes of their research for the patients’ benefit.
It also marked the first physical meeting of the ESR team. There was lots of opportunity to discuss research projects, the many ways of collaborating in the network, and what it feels like to be a PhD student in an MSCA ITN!
University College Cork makes the first step with the first ESR for iPLACENTA starting at INFANT with Dr Fergus McCarthy and Dr Cathal McCarthy. Congratulations and Good luck Sam!
About the blog
Being a PhD student in a European training network is a life-changing adventure. Moving to a new country, carrying out a research project, facing scientific (and cultural) challenges, travelling around Europe and beyond… Those 3 years certainly do bring their part of new - sometimes frightening - but always enriching experiences.