Who do we think we are? - Identity at Science Café
Science cafés are evening meetings in cafés or bars where experts and interested people meet to talk about science in a jargon-free way. The idea originates from 18th-century cafés where people often had the opportunity to participate in long scientific discussions. Modern Science cafés (or Cafés scientifiques) were established independently in Lyon in 1997 and Leeds in 1998.
LuxDoc (represented by Aravind Tallam) participated in EURODOC 2013 conference and Annual General Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal from April 4th – 7th 2013. The event was jointly organised by eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers) and the Portuguese Association of the Grant-holding Researchers (ABIC- Associação dos Bolseiros de Investigação Científica. Delegates from eurodoc member countries (35 national associations of doctorates and young researchers from 34 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe) have participated in the event.
Conference on Europe’s Grand Societal Challenges: The role of Early Stage Researchers
The working conditions of young researchers, their future perspectives and the role of scientific research in society were the main topics debated at the EURODOC’13 conference. One of the main points discussed werethe challenges that young researchers have to face in Europe due to the international economic crisis. Four plenary sessions were held with distinguished speakers from various International, European and national organizations.
I: The EU 2020 Framework Programmes for Research and Sustainable Innovation.
II: Growing in a Healthy Environment: New trends in Research.
III: Working and research within the Framework of a Sustainable Society.
IV: Science, Communication and Social Change.
Our LuxDoc member has participated in one of the workshops entitled “How to design and defend your PhD”. The outcome of this workshop, according to us, is that the European Student’s Union (ESU) right now will not shed more light on research funding but will concentrate more closely on higher education financing concerning bachelor and master students. Also, the European commission now aims at raising around 6-11 billion euros by 2020 to support the young researchers to continue their research.
EURODOC - Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of eurodoc was held for two days after the conference. The meeting started with yearly activity reports of 2012-2013 from the president and treasurer. Then the board discussed on amendments to ESU statutes and standing orders, internal motions proposed by other NOs. ESU policies of commodification, gender mainstreaming strategy were also thoroughly discussed among the board. All the reports have been accepted by voting from member associations. The last day was the elections for the new board for 2013-2014.
The new elected body for 2013-204 is:
1) Slobodan Radicev – President (re-elected).
2) Kristina Majsec – Vice-president.
3) John Peacock – Secretary.
4) Patrick Tuijp – Treasurer.
5) Jovan Shopovski, Marcin Styrna, Ivo Neto as the general board members.
The elections were continued for the coordinators of 10 different working groups of eurodoc and the secretariat co-coordinator. LuxDoc delegate of eurodoc 2013, Aravind Tallam, has been elected as the secretarial coordinator of eurodoc 2013-2014.
Participating at this event and becoming active in the organization of eurodoc shows the commitment of LuxDoc to be involved on European level, at the heart of where it matters.
We thank the University of Luxembourg, through the office of the Vice Rectorate for Research for their financial support, which allows us to participate at the yearly AGM events of eurodoc.
Following the huge success of the first ever LuxDoc science slam in 2012, October 2nd 2013, saw the second one of its kind take place at Casino - Forum d’art contemporain. The event, similar to the first one, encountered a great feedback, both among the audience as well as the slammers, who came from all different disciplines of science. All the seats very taken and the audience was in for a great night of fun and laughter, but still getting some inside in on-going research projects.
The video can be found here:
The five slammers used the platform offered to them in many innovative ways, varying from singing to impressive slide shows or event theatre performances. All the slammers really embraced the idea of presenting their research in a fun and innovative way, without taking themselves to seriously. The event featured various presentations in different languages, performances and coming from numerous and contrasting scientific disciplines such as linguistics or biology. The second LuxDoc science slam proved once again, that research can be fun and entertaining and that meanwhile Luxembourg has its own growing community of scientist and researchers that not only can be considered as very important for the evaluation of the country, but as well are able to entertain an audience in only 10 minutes. You can soon get a look, as we will make the movie of the second science slam available on our homepage. We thank the University of Luxembourg and FNR as without their generous support, this event would not have been possible.
We will see you in 2014 for our third edition!