The 1st Alison Douglas Summer School
The first Alison Douglas Summer School for Early Career Researchers was held at the Frauenwoerth abbey in Germany in July 2013
The first Alison Douglas Summer School for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) was held at the Frauenwörth abbey in Bavaria, Germany in July 2013. The meeting was attended by 32 ECRs and 16 members of faculty, including 2 journalists from the FP7 project MAITRE, who ran media training workshops. The Summer School consisted of a series of interactive science-based teaching workshops on the food, energy balance, obesity and feeding theme, and their associated group-based tasks, as well as more generic workshops based around topics including future EU funding, the future of publishing, and an industry perspective. The School finished with a high-octane ‘Dragon’s Den’ event based on funding proposals prepared by groups of ECRs, and judged by the faculty.
The Summer School was part funded by the BSN in commemoration of Alison Douglas, and partly by FP7 funded EU projects Full4Health, NeuroFAST, EUROCHIP and MAITRE. Feedback suggests that the ECRs found the event very valuable and enjoyable, and the organisers hope that the networking opportunities the School provided will bear fruit in the future as this generation of ECRs develop their careers over the coming years. A report compiled by ECRs will follow in our next Newsletter - watch this space!
Author: JGM and GW