Core courses

By the end of this session, participants will be able to understand:
•    the ERC evaluation criteria and how to analyse them
•    the ERC panels and how to choose the right one
•    how to write a competitive ERC proposal with the above elements in mind

In addition, Dr. Danijela Vignjevic will give her testimonial as an ERC grantee/panel member important insight into the inner workings of an ERC evaluation panel.

Dr. Cristina Bartocci is the scientific writer at Institut Curie. She provides extensive, personalized support in grant application to PIs at the Institute, from the first steps of establishing clear project objectives to multiple revisions of the application and preparation for interviews when required. Her main focus is on helping junior PIs in their first grant applications, on European Research Council (ERC) grants and on collaborative grant proposals involving multiple teams at the Institute or several research institutes.

This half-day workshop will give attendees an overview of essential career development tools and activities to help them prepare for their next professional step.  Participants will walk away with new skills, resources and self-assessment information necessary to make informed career choices both inside and beyond academia.  This session emphasizes the use of career planning tools including self-evaluation, ideas for career exploration, effective job search strategies, and tips for reaching out, building and maintaining a professional network.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
•    Synthesize results from several self-assessment instruments
•    Formulate and categorize a list of insightful informational interview questions
•    Describe resources and methods for exploring various PhD-level career paths

Course in English

This theoretical and practical training is an introduction to image processing and analysis using the FIJI software.
This course will be taught in French.


Organizer: Patricia Le Baccon

Grant reviewers often say that many wonderful projects don’t get funded because the idea was not communicated clearly enough. This means that excellent science is not enough for writing a successful grant proposal. To get funded, you also need excellent grant writing skills. So how do you make sure the advantages of your work are understood and appreciated?

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
1.    Use strong structure in State of the Art, Objectives, Methodology, and Work Plan;
2.    Provide clear, convincing answers to the key requirements of feasibility, novelty, research significance, and impact;
3.    Make a persuasive description of your research environment, collaborations, any public outreach or dissemination ideas, where relevant, and your project management plan; 
4.    Write a compelling CV and personal statement;
5.    Analyse a postdoc application form as a case study and learn how to apply the lessons learnt to other applications.

All exercises in this workshop are based on authentic, recently funded open access grants. They provide examples of best practices and good ideas that worked well for other scholars. 

See the attached PDF for a detailed programme and the instructor’s biosketch.

Many scientists say that they lack the skills for public speaking. They feel anxious before an oral interview and later share that their presentation was too nervous, while their responses in the Q&A session sabotaged their application. Yet if done correctly, the interview can be a life-long positive memory. In this course, you will learn how to:


1.     1. Highlight the advantages of your work and make your presentation memorable.

2.     2. Target both experts and non-experts on the panel; Make your talk suitable for tired, distracted listeners and avoid ‘conference paper’ text.

3.     3. Learn how to give a 2-min elevator pitch to introduce yourself.

4.     4. Anticipate the typical questions you are likely to be asked; learn how to deal with unpleasant remarks and aggressive panel members; 

5.     5. Use technology and your body language, posture, and voice correctly.


Feature: The course will also host a meeting with Ines Drinnerberg, an ERC grant holder, who will share her successful experience of passing the very challenging ERC interview.

 For details of the programme and the instructor’s biosketch, please download the PDF attachment.

We're pleased to invite you to take this 1-day training course to prepare you to give a great elevator pitch.

This 3-hour training session will cover aspects such as: definition of scientific integrity, different types of scientific fraud and misconduct, their frequency and consequences, and also discuss good research practices and the importance of a responsible research for science and society. Plenty of time will be left for discussion in order to get feedback from the participants’ own experience.

Two sessions will be organized:

    Group 1 (10 participants) - November 24, 2017 from 9am to 12pm, Annex 1 BDD
    Group 2 (10 participants) - November 24, 2017 from 9am to 12pm, Annex 2 BDD

This course will be taught in English.

Building an effective network and developing mentoring relationships are critical for a successful career in biomedical science. At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Plan and proactively build your professional network
  • Approach new contacts and keep in touch without ‘pestering’
  • Initiate a new mentoring relationship
  • Proactively manage your relationship with your mentor
  • Mentor junior colleagues effectively

This workshop aims to give the opportunity to PostDocs and PhD students to interact with professionals in higher education like university lecturers, teachers and Research Directors who are (or have been) members of the jury of the annual recruitment. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the steps to follow and how to get ready for the preparation of the application and the oral “concours”. 

During this workshop, invited speakers will share their experiences with the audience. It will be a very open session and you’re encouraged to ask them questions.

Before the course: from Sept 21 – Oct 3, 2017
Selected participants will be asked to complete Learning Paths 5 and 6 of a platform the link of which will be indicated in due time. These paths are the ones dealing with how to write good scientific English, and how to put a research paper together.

If selected participants wish, they can explore other Learning Paths (of which they are 14), but not mandatory.

During the course: October 4th, 2017
Andrew Moore will present some key topics in more detail, and give real-time verbal and written exercises ; participants will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that had arisen during their completion of LP5 and 6 (and more if so).