Junior Scientists

MATRICS Junior Scientist Group

We are happy to announce that our MATRICS Consortium now has his own Junior scientist group. We officially started in March 2015, during the last general assembly meeting in Rome. Within this group we want to focus on career development of young talented researchers. One of our main aims is to improve the networking of early career scientists across disciplines in order to broaden the view of the young researchers.

One option to achieve this is by inviting senior scientists to internal workshops, like it was done in Rome (invited speakers: Dr. Inti A. Brazil; Prof. Caroline Blanchard and Dr. Geert Poelmans). These senior scientists were invited to give advises on career related issues. Prof. Caroline Blanchard, a female role model for women in science, was invited to talk about how to develop a well-recognized career in a sometimes man dominated world.

Not all our goals are focused on increasing interplay within research groups, but to use our knowledge and expertise outside our scientific environment so that we can inform a broader public about our research with for example our Newsletter that will appear twice a year. Since we are the group of people that will do most of the practical work within MATRICS we hope to give patients and relatives a better insight into the progress of this project. Please do not hesitate to contact MATRICS if you have any questions about our project and Junior's program.

The 2016 MATRICS Junior meeting took place prior to the general assembly in beautiful Mallorca. The aims of the junior group, which was founded in 2015, are to foster the career development as well as translational exchange and collaboration within the young, talented researchers working in the consortium. After settling in and enjoying a coffee under the warm Spanish sun, the MATRICS early career scientists enjoyed an inspiring talk by guest speaker Dr. Luna Centifanti. Dr. Centifantis work is highly relevant to MATRICS due to her research focus on the psychophysiology of fear and aggression, and specific interest in callous-unemotional traits. While she elaborated more closely on her inspiring work during the main meeting, her presentation within the juniors group was a more personal one and reflected on her career development.

In the afternoon, Dr. Centifanti, Dr. Geert Poelmans as well as Dr. Jeffrey Glennon joined the juniors in a social event, exploring their proneness to reactive aggression when a beach-volleyball game became competitive. The junior meeting was closed with a spirited discussion on goals and perspectives for the coming year. Common goals included gaining expertise regarding statistical analyses and software and getting insight into alternative career paths. Further, the juniors hope to keep profiting from the extensive experience and knowledge amongst the senior consortium members regarding topics such as grant and paper writing. To address some of these goals, an autumn school is currently being planned in collaboration with the aggression-related projects Aggressotype and ACTION, where junior scientists will get the chance to participate and take part in workshops and courses

Early Career Scientist Workshop on Aggression 30.10 - 01.11.2016 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

First combined Early Career Scientist Workshop on Aggression (31.10. – 01.11.2016 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands) The Early Career Scientists had the chance to create a very informative and well organized meeting aiming to cover all aspects of aggression and aggression-related disorders but also state-of-the art research in this field. This was the first time that all Early Career Scientists form the four aggression-related EU funded research projects met in person in order to attend the workshop on aggression. This workshop was mainly organised by the MATRICS, Aggressotype and ACTION consortia but we were also extremely happy for all the support and help from the FemNAT-CD consortium. The workshop was attended by 40 young scientists with an equal distribution across the consortia. Over the two days, senior researchers from the four consortia dedicated their time to give state-of-the-art lectures, shining a light on the broad spectrum of aggression research ranging from diagnostics and therapy to genetics and neuroimaging. Further, all participants had the chance to present and discuss their own work in poster or short laptop presentations. Beyond the aspect of scientific content, the establishment of a personal scientific network was one of the core goals of the workshop. We wanted to increase the interaction between the consortia and even try to establish new collaborations for ongoing and future projects. According to all Early Career Scientists this workshop was a total success and the opinions that echoed back have stated that a repetition of this event would be fantastic.

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Early Career Scientist Webinar, 12.02.2018

We are happy to inform you that the first MATRICS webinar was held on February 12th 2018. The Junior representatives Joana Viana and Damien Huzard shed light on the fields of epigenetics and animal research within MATRICS. Both of them gave a presentation on their work and provided additional background information on their respective research field. In case you have missed the event you have the chance to watch both presentation any time. For Joana's presentation on epigenetics please click here. Damien's talk on animal research can be found here.

Junior Scientist Group Representative


Damien Huzard
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