The workshops and masterclasses (organised for junior researchers) take place on:
Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50*

On the registration form you’re able to indicate what workshop or masterclass you would like to attend. Every workshop and masterclass has a maximum capacity, first come first serve.

*The workshop Networking4Life follows a different schedule. Please check the timetable below.


Why do we network? How is it done in an efficient way, even online? When and where should it take place? Are we curious to meet new people? And how do we engage in an online conversation? These are the questions we will be answering together during this vivid and interactive online workshop. Using theatre techniques, specially designed for scientists, we establish real connections and learn active listening. We will discuss, share ideas and strategies to enlarge our network. Because no matter what our next step is, our network matters!
What will you learn? You will get an overview on how you can network every day, offline and online. With your own peer groups in academia or outside: for your next potential job in industry, NGO, government or as a freelancer. You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of ‘What’s out there: what kind of jobs are there related to life sciences?’ ‘Who can I contact to learn more within my existing network?’ and ‘How do I extend my network?’. Networking is a must-have skill for every professional!
Start Now! This workshops consists of three sessions. By subscribing to this workshop, you participate to all 3 sessions. Each session will take place just before the Life2021 conference starts. Perfect to immediately put your newly acquired networking skills into practice!
Session 1: 26th of May 2021, 12:00-12:45
Session 2: 27th of May 2021, 12:30-12:50
Session 3: 28th of May 2021, 12:30-12:50
Workshop Organisers:
Maria Sovago (Scientist | Coach | Performer)
Frederike Schmitz (Life Science Communications)

Maximum capacity: 30

Plan ahead: practical tools to make your data and software more FAIR

Research Data and Research Software Management (RDM) is beneficial for quality of scientific practice, can be time and cost-efficient, and provides recognition for all research outputs. It is therefore important to familiarise yourself with information and tools that are available to manage your data during various stages of your research. In this workshop, you will be introduced to RDM concepts, such as FAIR principles, Data Management Plans (DMP), data archiving, software licensing and citation. This will be followed by a hands-on experience with various platforms, tools and solutions (Data Repositories, DMPonline, FAIR assessment tool, research software licenses and citation).

Workshop Organisers:
Esther Plomp, TU Delft, Data Steward
Yasemin Turkyilmaz – van der Velden, TU Delft, Data Steward
Mateusz Kuzak, the Netherlands eScience Center, Community Manager
Lourens Veen, the Netherlands eScience Center, Research Software Engineer
Jurriaan Spaaks, the Netherlands eScience Center, Research Software Engineer
Cees Hof, DANS, Trainer Research Data Management
Maaike Verburg, DANS, Research Data Expert

Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50
Maximum capacity: 30


The do’s of team science: what are the crucial steps for successful team science and collaborations in general

In this workshop, the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group (Team Science Award Winners) will exemplify positive experiences from team science. Going back in history, the Study Group team will recapitulate successful and less successful steps into community building and activity organization. Recruiting leaders, matching expectations, securing funding, increasing the team visibility, etc. are all must-have for a community.

What does team science include? What are some essential steps? Additionally, you will learn the importance of communication in team science. After this workshop you will know some key tips of team science and will learn tips and tricks gathered from the field.

About the Organisers: The Amsterdam Science Park Study Group is dedicated to building a community of computational biologists and bioinformaticians. The Study Group promotes skill sharing and collaboration between researchers. Additionally they help other researchers with data analysis problems and emphasize the importance of open science and FAIR data storage.

Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50
Maximum capacity: 20


Science blogging: This is why the average Joe will (or won’t) read your text

Did you know that talking to yourself is actually healthy? Or that brain stimulation can help to control your fears? And why is it that unhappy people seem to get ill more often? These types of questions could be small talk on a birthday. The underlying facts might surprise people during a pubquiz. Its topics can inspire people to learn and grow. Because that is what science can do. At Donders Wonders we believe that everybody likes science, as long as you present it to them on a silver platter. That means reducing complicated analysis to some simple facts, funny trivia or educative conclusions. To get there, we choose our topics wisely, strip our text from jargon and look for an angle that triggers attention, surprise or inspiration. During this workshop we will show you how we work. We’ll present some of our most successful blogs and discuss what seemed to work – and what did not – in our record of nearly 600 published blogs over the past seven years. We’ll provide some tips and tricks to structure a blog, to simplify text and to make it appealing for a lay audience. Last but not least, we’ll give you a chance to do some writing and provide feedback that hopefully inspires you to write some more.

About the Organisers: Donders Wonders is the official blog of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, located at the Radboud campus in Nijmegen. It tackles questions and trivia, provides views and opinions, and explains current events; all related to the core business of  the Donders Institute: brain, cognition and behaviour. Founded in 2014, Donders Wonders publishes one or two blogs every week since, in Dutch and English. The team consists of approximately 15 early career researchers that – in shifting roles – blog, edit and translate. The workshop will be hosted by Rebecca Calcott and Roeland Segeren.

Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50
Maximum capacity: 20


Animal research in transition: model choice, politics and transparency

Animal research is currently extensively debated. Animal activists push for animal research to be banned completely, politicians for a reduction in animal research by increasing the use of alternatives, and scientists want to conduct good science using the model that best fit their research questions. As a result of these developments there is increasing pressure on animal research, amongst others through increased bureaucracy. This workshop addresses the advantages and disadvantages of animal research and alternatives, the (in)validity of the political claims in relation to animal research and the consequences of the increased bureaucracy, and how we can be more transparent about animal research and alternatives, with the ultimate goal to reach more nuances in the discussions and making better informed choices at all levels.

Workshop organisers: This workshop is organised by Judith Homberg (Radboud UMC; Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour) and Aniko Korosi (UvA; Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences).

Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50
Maximum capacity: 30


Masterclass industrial-academic collaboration in Life Science research

Research collaborations between industry and academia offer unique synergy opportunities for enabling and accelerating innovation and for inspiring fundamental research in the Life Sciences. Harnessing this potential synergy starts with common interests, while acknowledging the different primary objectives, requirements and dynamics of academic and industrial research.

Based on their experiences as academic and industrial scientists, professor Jack Pronk and professor  Roel Bovenberg will briefly present different modes of collaboration and the associated challenges. Subsequently, they are eager to discuss in a highly interactive manner possible guidelines and questions of young researchers, whose careers may bring them in contact with this interesting interface.

Organisers and speakers of this masterclass:
Prof. Jack Pronk (Delft University of Technology)
Prof. Roel Bovenberg (DSM, University of Groningen)

Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50
Maximum capacity: 30


Masterclass: Impact?

Scientific building blocks with societal relevance should not be the target, but appreciated by-products of good research.

In this masterclass I like to develop a theme about ‘science’ as a somewhat poorly appreciated societal activity, even by scientists. The world is fascinating, it is complex, and human society is faced with lots of complicated puzzles. The determination to understand (anything, really), using highly evolved scientific practices, is a way to help society to come to terms with its many challenges. A thriving science that actively connects with society will have huge societal dividends – by giving sense and meaning to our many struggles, by helping to take sensible societal choices. In this masterclass I like to do some joint thinking on how this realization could affect reward structures, i.e. which questions get a chance to be followed up, which talents get a chance to grow and deliver?

Workshop organiser:
Theunis Piersma, University of Groningen & Royal NIOZ

Thursday the 27th of May, 13:00 – 13:50
Maximum capacity: 30