This event was initially going to be held in Milan in November 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed and finally organised from Milan and held completely online in May 2021.
Despite the online format, the ENABLE 2021 event was a huge success, with more than 300 young researchers participating from 43 countries, including both EU and non-EU members. The event included the usual three parts: the scientific symposium, a Career Day, and outreach events for schools and the general public.
The 2021 LOC/SOC managed to secure 6 sponsors (FEBS, IUBMB, EATRIS, ZEISS, The Company of Biologists and New England Biolabs). Since the event was held online, the funds raised from the sponsors were not used to award travel grants. Instead, grants for satellite events were awarded. Interested participants had the opportunity to submit a satellite event proposal, giving details on aims, programme and budget. A total of five satellite events were funded.
The ENABLE 2021 event showcased the determination of this consortium to continue organising unique high-level conferences that stand out from the classical scientific symposia and that are focused on the young generation of scientists.
ENABLE MILAN 2021 at a glance
The scientific program covered a broad range of topics, from fundamental biology to translational medicine, and touched upon multidisciplinary research projects and integrative omics approaches.
The symposium hosted lectures by eight renowned keynote speakers. These presentations were grouped into four sessions that covered driving topics of modern research.
Scientific sessions and keynote speakers
The many hats of the cell
Towards personalised medicine: solving the enigma of bytes
Bridging the gap between bench and bedside
Thanks to our sponsors, participants were given the opportunity to organise small satellite events at their own institutes, to better disseminate the ENABLE spirit. See below the list of the five ENABLE satellite events that took place in May-June 2021.
Bridging the gap between academic, clinical and industry collaborations: impact across the research lifecycle
Virtual workshop promoting the career development of international early career researchers.
10 May 2021, University College of London, UK.
Targeting translational biomedicine through interdisciplinary science
Virtual congress on the role of interdisciplinary science in biomedical research, giving a global perspective of career development pathways through the experiences of early-career researchers.
10 May 2021, Maimónides Institute for Biomedical Research of Córdoba (IMIBIC), Spain.
ENABLE your Career: PhD, and What’s Next!
In-person event. Academia vs. Industry round table and “Scientist for a Day” (outreach event with local primary school students).
11 May 2021, Centro de Investigación Médica Aplicada (CIMA), Spain.
POP UP LAB – Improv meets Biomedicine
Improvised theatre was used as a medium to engage the general public with some of the latest scientific research in biomedicine.
10 May 2021, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), Denmark.
How to simplify science without inaccuracies
Virtual event aiming to give scientists tips on how to improve their science communication skills for the general public.
15 June 2021, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Spain.
The Career Day is one of the core activities of ENABLE events. Despite the online format of the ENABLE 2021 gathering, participants had the chance to broaden their horizons and expand their capabilities through three complementary career activities: insightful discussions with 12 experts from different career paths in the career chats section, 12 workshops aimed at building new skills, and an opportunity fair hosting 18 participating institutions from academia, start-ups, and the biotech and pharmaceutical world.
During the ENABLE 2021 event, participants had the opportunity to join one of the 12 workshops on personal and professional development. These sessions covered topics from “How to prepare a competitive application for funding schemes in cancer research” to “Talk that science! – Tips for science communication and outreach”, “Building Personal Resilience and Handling Stress” and “Goal setting and time management”.
Career chats break with the classical format of career development round tables by fostering more direct interaction between the PhD and Postdoc communities and experts with different profiles from academia and industry, such as PIs, industry CEOs, medical science liaisons, medical advisors, regulatory affairs managers, science management consultants, editors and science communicators.
Each career chat had a dedicated virtual room and participants were able to switch from one chat to another to talk to the professionals involved and learn more about their career paths and the obstacles and surprising opportunities they encountered.
The ENABLE 2021 Opportunity Fair provided a unique occasion for young and talented researchers to meet up with companies and organisations and build constructive interactions with people from various life science sectors. Representatives were present from:
- Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies
- Academic organisations
- Scientific Societies
Click here to see the list of companies that participated.
From its start, ENABLE was conceived with the firm belief that science should never be hidden behind academic walls or a group of experts. Consequently, public outreach has always been a core value. In addition, the COVID pandemic has taught the world a lesson in this regard: science needs to be properly shared in order to fully engage society in relevant conversations, thus avoiding misinformation. As part of the ENABLE 2021 event, a variety of online outreach and public engagement activities were organised.
The organising committee
Cecilia Restelli – Anjali Mann – Gorana Jendrisek
Tugce Karaderi – Massimo Carraro – Joachim Johansen
Mateusz Biesaga – Anna Bartomeu – Inés Marin
Baranca Buijsers – Valentina Palacio Castaneda – Valerie Betting
Angelica Julieth Diaz Basabe – Nicolò Caporale – Susanna Eli – Michele Crestani – Sonia Viganò – Giulia Lovati – Angeli Dominique Macandog – Sara Martin – Sara Milovanovic – Ludovico Rizzuti – Federica Ruscitto – Gaia Sambruni – Silvia Tiberti – Marco Rigoli – Georgia Lattanzi – Alessandro Vitriolo – Giulia Marotta – Bianca Giuliani – Sebastiano Trattaro – Francesco Strati – Corey Jones-Weinert – Elena Zaccheroni – Amir Fardin
Angelica Julieth Diaz Basabe – Nicolò Caporale – Susanna Eli – Michele Crestani – Sonia Viganò – Giulia Lovati – Angeli Dominique Macandog – Sara Martin – Sara Milovanovic – Ludovico Rizzuti – Federica Ruscitto – Gaia Sambruni – Silvia Tiberti – Marco Rigoli – Georgia Lattanzi – Alessandro Vitriolo – Giulia Marotta – Bianca Giuliani – Sebastiano Trattaro – Francesco Strati – Amir Fardin – Elena Zaccheroni- Corey Jones-Weinert – Simone Frascolla
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724115.