Career progression in science – options beyond the bench


Monday, 10th October 2016


Sala Dolors Aleu – Edifici Cluster II, Barcelona Science Park
Baldiri Reixac, 4 - 08028 Barcelona


Many scientists follow a career in research without considering alternatives. This course of action often ends up being unsatisfactory, as it leads them to take up unsuitable jobs or to abandon science altogether. This session will provide researchers at any point in their careers with the opportuniy to look beyond the bench and to discover new and exciting career options.



9.15 - 9.30 h – Registration
9.30 - 9.35 h – Welcome by Dr. Ignasi Belda “Associate Director at Parc Científic de Barcelona”
9.35 - 9.45 h – Introduction by Carolina Marí “Head of Human Resources at IBEC”
9.45 - 10.45 h – Speaker introductions
10.45 - 11.00 – General questions
11.00 - 12.00 h – Informal discussion and mid-morning snack



Image Joaquim Calbó, PhD - Scientific Project Manager, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
Joaquim obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Barcelona, followed by 6-year post-doctoral experience at the NKI (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). He moved back to Barcelona as Research Associate at the IRB Barcelona, where he also earned experience as scientific manager. Joaquim complemented his education with a Master Degree of Research Management at the Barcelona School of Management (IDEC-UPF), and joined the International and Scientific Affairs team of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) as Scientific Project Manager. Currently, Joaquim is responsible for the planning and management of CRG-led coordinated projects and institutional collaborations.


Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou, PhD - Chief Editor, Nature Cell Biology
Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou received her PhD from the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK in London, UK (now the Francis Crick Institute) in January 2007. Her doctoral work with Richard Treisman centred on the molecular interactions between actin-regulated transcription factors and their coactivators in the context of MAPK and Rho signaling responses. She pursued her postdoctoral research in the lab of Joan Massagué at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she studied how different phosphorylation inputs affect TGFβ/BMP pathway activity to achieve distinct biological outcomes. In September 2010 she joined the editorial team of Nature Cell Biology as the editor responsible for the areas of cancer biology, mechanobiology, cell adhesion, migration and the cytoskeleton, and became Chief editor of the journal in November 2015. 


Guzmán Sánchez, PhD - Cofounder and scientific director, Scienseed SL
Guzmán is the co-founder of Scienseed, an agency for the communication of science. Scienseed uses all available online tools to communicate science in the most creative and effective way. At his company they create videos, websites, animations, apps and videogames, publications and press releases as well as performing social media campaigns and public engagement activities. Guzmán holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and he did research for 10 years at institutions like the University of Leeds (UK), Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (Spain), University of Montreal (Canada), University of Leicester (UK) and the Max-Planck Institute (Germany). In addition, he was an active collaborator of different online media where he specialized in science dissemination with a particular focus in exploring the science/society interphase.

Image Andreu Soldevila, CEO, LEANBIO
Dominique studied Human Biology at the University Pompeu Fabra (2004) and obtained a PhD in Structural Biology by the University of Barcelona (2009) under the supervision of Prof. Usón. After six years of basic research in X-Ray Crystallography at the IBMB-CSIC she followed a postgraduate course in Innovation Management organized by the Fundació Bosch i Gimpera (2010), and started working at Asphalion, a consultancy in Regulatory Affairs, where she assesses in development, registration and maintenance of chemical drugs, biologics and medical devices to pharmaceutical and medtech companies.


Marusela Oliveras, Junior Business Development Manager, Erasmus MC
Marusela holds a MSc degree in Medical Biology by the University of Barcelona (2009) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences by the K.U. Leuven in Belgium (2013). Under the framework of a Marie Curie ITN fellowship, her doctoral thesis consisted on the development of new mouse models for Parkinson’s disease. After her promotion, she came back to Barcelona where she worked as a Technology Transfer Officer at IRB Barcelona. More recently, she moved to the Netherlands and was recruited by Erasmus Medical Centre, the largest medical center of the Netherlands. There, she works as a Jr. Business Development Manager at the Technology Transfer Office.




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