Federica Vena spread the word about synBIOcarb and her excellent work with biotherapeutic glycoproteins at the 33rd BTC conference near Orleans in October 2021. BTC (BioTechnoCentre), founded over 30 years ago, brings together research and industry organisations from the Center-Val de Loire region of France to promote their work in biotechnology discoveries. This year’s conference was attended by 160 delegates including 70 doctoral students and was featured in the French Newspaper La Nouvelle Republic.
Our ESR videos in the series Diary of a Scientific Researcher are featured in the 2021 European Researcher Night Life is Science hosted in Austria by ACIB. The evening event Cinema and Science was particularly popular and received hugely positive feedback. An audience of around 200 listened to Prof. Kai-Uwe Fröhlich and Dr. Fritz Treiber from the University of Graz talking about the science in movies like World War Z, Jurassic Park and Contagion.
Our network didn’t quite make it to the beautiful surroundings of Freiburg for our TE4 training event host by BIOSS at Albert Ludwig University and postponed from 2020. But we are still smiling through the continuing fantasy of online communication and our ESRs have become adept at giving and receiving knowledge in this way. So 14th and 15th September 2021 became two incredible days packed full of inspiring guest speakers – Dr. Taras Sych, Prof. Dr. Marta Bally, PD Dr. Eva Decker, Dr. Maximilian Hörner – and brilliant presentations from our amazing team in Freiburg including demo videos! Leading the science on, as we continue through our second phase of synBIOcarb, were some exceptional joint project proposals from our ESRs – plenty to fuel a group of eager and open scientific minds..
Juvissan Aguedo and Paras Kundalia presented their fantastic work at the 73rd Congress of Slovak and Czech Chemists on 6-10th September 2021 where annually around 500 members of the scientific community in Eastern Europe gather to share their knowledge and latest discoveries.
We are delighted to announce that Chunyue (Spring) Wang, our ESR3 based in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds, was awarded the HA 2021 Poster Prize by the International Society for Hyaluronan. Spring received her award on 15th June alongside 5 other poster prize winners selected out of 66 poster submissions at the Hyaluronan 2021 conference.
Spring’s presentation video
Huge congratulations to Spring and we hope this will be one of many prizes throughout her career as a glyco-scientist!
For 2 days in early December 2020 our wonderful colleagues at the Institute of Chemistry in the Slovak Academy of Sciences hosted our synBIOcarb training event 5 (TE5) online with a fantastic array of scientific training from guest speakers including Hiroaki Tateno, Pavel Babál, Pavol Čekan, and Lubor Borsig.
Our lovely bunch of scientists
Go to our synBIOcarb YouTube Channel and you will find a first chapter of videos in our Diary of a Scientific Researcher series. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our ESRs were trained in professional video making. In spite of the many restrictions, over the summer of 2020 they have been able to achieve a fantastic set of short films aimed at a broad public audience.
A European Researchers Night (MSCA-NIGHT) called Life is Science took place in Austria on 27th November 2020. It welcomed about 1,400 visitors to a virtual live-show broadcast from a pop-up studio at ACIB GmbH in Graz.
From pop up studio…
… to online broadcast!
52 stations in total aimed at showing the general public where science meets our daily life in 3 main topics: health, food and renewable resources. Visitors could either listen and discuss with researchers in lectures, play online games or participate in quizzes. They were instructed in experiments they could do at home or they were taken on virtual lab tours. During the day visitors could watch the SynBIOcarb video series Diary of a Scientific Researcher where ESRs introduced themselves and explained their work. All videos and recorded sessions from the day are still available at Life is Science.
52 channels …
… including DIY experiments!
Posters were presented by our synBIOcarb ESRs in the Institute of Chemistry at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Well done to Juvissan Ariza and Paras Kundalia who both had their abstracts accepted for poster presentation the 72nd Congress of Czech and Slovak Chemists in Prague on 6-9 September 2020.
.. for a happy team
.. and covid-safe
It wasn’t without the COVID-19 influence familiar to us all now. But the eyes have it! The rainbow of masked faces didn’t dampen the academic buzz or deter collaborative discussions outside in the beautiful Czech sunshine. Only one regret – Paras was very much missed. The timing meant he must stay confined to Slovakia due to self-isolation rules. Let’s hope for a better scenario next time.
Read Paras’ abstract.
From Grenoble …
… to Alberta!
Simona Notova, ESR6 based at CERMAV-CNRS in Grenoble, took her science across the ocean in June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had to be a virtual trip which she mixed with moments of imagining deep maple forest. Real or surreal, this was a fantastic opportunity for Simona to share her synBIOcarb work and practice her presentation skills. Virtual communication has been the norm for 2020 but let’s hope stepping onto a podium becomes reality again in 2021.