We are not working alone! We share space, resources and knowledge. Connecting with other people is beneficial for both, science and social life.
Not only scientific skills count! The scientific career needs other skills that have to be improved: communication, writing, presentation, management and many more!
There's not only one choice for our future! There are many other career possibilities and we need to know them.
We are not isolated from the rest of the world! There are lots of other postdoc communities that we need to interact with to create links, to open our minds and to learn from them.
Ten simple rules to initiate and run a postdoctoral association
Chiara Bruckmann1,2*, Endre Sebestyén1,2*
1 IFOM, the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, Italy, 2 IPA (IFOM Postdoc Association), IFOM, the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, Italy
We are an association for all the postdocs working at IFOM. The association is led by a board made up of 4 volunteers, elected yearly by the postdoc community.
IPA consists of a President, a Vice-President and 2 more members of the executive council.
Mio Sumie, Marina Properzi, Elena Bauer
|President||Vice President||Executive Council|
|2020||Orso Maria Romano||Giulia Dell’Omo||Corey Jones-Weinert
|2019||Valentina Fajner||Orso Maria Romano|| Ramveer Choudhary
|2018||Janine Weber||Laura Perucho Aznar||Monica Testoni
Orso Maria Romano
|2017||Umberto Restuccia||Janine Weber||Carmen M. Livi
Laura Perucho Aznar
|2016||Chiara Bruckmann||Sina Atashpaz||Endre Sebestyén
|2015||Christopher Bruhn||Barbara Sanavio||Aurora Cerutti
|2014||Hans-Peter Wollscheid||Kerstin Schmitz||Yathish Achar
Gema Malet Engra
The postdoc association is an essential organ to dynamically gather people of common interests within the postdoc/research life. It can be very useful in terms of education & networking, but also for creativity and motivation, e.g. by inviting people for the Science & Prosecco event or other activities (if there is any budget, of course). Furthermore, it should promote the link between academics and job market through e.g. the grant office, the university, career affair organizations or other institutions.
I can also tell you that being a member of the IPA board was a great experience. I met many motivated people with different backgrounds and all were contributing with ideas, experience, energy and time to improve what the Association could do for all the Ifom post docs. it certainly improved my soft and organizational skills. It has been lovely to work together, and a pot of fun too!
Contributing to IPA taught me how to manage time more efficiently, persuade and compromise during occasionally exhausting rounds of discussion with other team members in order to come to an optimal decision at the end.
I was part of the founder group of the IPA. At the time, we generated the very first version of the Statute, we picked the current name and, unfortunately, I left IFOM to move to the States when the first official elections for the designation of the board members were called. I still remember how happy we were after launching our first Pizza and Beer event, the Science and Prosecco or the initial skill courses. Despite being only small achievements at that time, they represented the first successful attempts of a new born organization, showing that the IPA had the potential to become a growing reality. Unfortunately, my contribution to the IPA was very short and concentrated to the very first months of the association life. However, I’m very happy to see that things are moving and that the association is growing and is now an established, active and recognized component of the campus. You are doing a great work you are doing, keep going.
During the time I spent in IPA, I've been able to expand my skill set, since I've been involved in scientific and social events organization, scientific courses, project management. These have been very educational activities, since I have had the opportunity to enrich and expand my professional background. I also begin to relate with people other than scientists (communication, legal affairs, finance...) to get support to carry out all of these tasks. And last, but not least, I could meet a lot of new people, I got to know many of my peers that I probably would not have met otherwise. I really recommend this experience!
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