Last week IBEC’s PhD students headed off to Mas Colltort in Sant Feliu de Pallarols for the first ever IBEC PhD retreat.
The two-day sojourn in the country was a chance for more than 50 of IBEC’s students to hear talks by various speakers, give flash presentations about their career paths, and get to know one another.
The invited speakers were Alfons Nonell‐Canals, CEO of Mind the Byte, who talked about ‘The thrill of being a scientific entrepeneur’; Dr. Vincenzo di Donato, Project Manager at ZeClinics, with ‘Jumping out from your comfort zone: straight from your PhD to Industry’; Pere Roca‐Cusachs, group leader at IBEC, with ‘How to progress in academia’; and IBEC postdoc Agata Nyga, who talked about ‘Surviving in research as an early career researcher: international perspectives’. There was also a workshop on ‘Molecules in the cloud: personalized medicine for everyone’ led by Mind the Byte.
It wasn’t all work, though. Social activites included a gymkhana, yoga, zumba and sightseeing, and of course a late night party after dinner.
“It was a huge success, above and beyond what we expected,” says Davia Prischich, a PhD student in the Nanoprobes and Nanoswitches group and PhD Committee representative. “Everything was very spontaneous, informal and fun. It was a lot of work to organize it, but it has also been a very enriching experience that has left the Committee very satisfied and proud.”