Workshop: Bridge the communication with your lab supervisor

According to surveys, one-third of PhD students experience major issues with their lab supervisor. Mainly because of defective communication between them and their supervisors. As PhD students, we need our supervisors’ support and “blessing” not only to graduate, publish a paper, or get recommendation letters, but also to have a good relationship that allows us to spend less time thinking about that and more time focusing on our science!
In this workshop, we will show you how to develop the right mindset and skills needed to take your communication with your supervisor to the next level.


Dr Cátia Moutinho
A senior researcher with over 20 years of experience in Cancer Biology, Epigenetics, and Genomics. The founder of “The single cell world” platform, which provides help for singlecell scientists. After earning a PhD, 2 master’s degrees, & working as a group leader for many years, I learned firsthand that success is not measured by a job title, or the number of publications. True success, for me, is defined by all the times I was able to motivate, help, or provide a smile to someone who was/is having a hard time in the laboratory. My personal motto is: “Happy People Get More Done!”
Twitter: @AdviceFLS @Moutinho_C


Dr Ossama Khalaf
A pharmacist who got side-tracked by his passion to research and decided to become a neuroscientist. My journey as a neuroscientist spanned 4 continents where I worked in different lab environments, and dealt with numerous hardships. Such experience helped me succeed in the face of adversity and always come out on top. And, like many PhD students, I reached an impasse with my supervisor after recurrent conflicts that jeopardized my PhD, but I learned how to handle it while maintaining a “positive” relationship with them till date. Currently, as a sciencepreneur, my number one tip will always be: “Be happy, first and foremost, everything else comes second!”
Twitter: @AdviceFLS @MostlyAboutScience


Workshop: Common mistakes to avoid in research article manuscripts


Dr. Martina Michalikova

Dr. Michalikova is not only a doctor in Theoretical Neuroscience but also a qualified writing consultant. She has run over 60 scientific writing courses for young scientists across 19 German universities. She also runs her own popular online courses targeted at helping PhD students improve their writing: Write Up Your Paper and Scientific Writing Pro. In this proposed workshop, she will engage with attendees on scientific writing skills to help PhD students develop their writing competence.

Twitter: @WritinScientist


Workshop: Publication-ready graphs using R

Do you ever read a paper and get “graph envy”? Are you using Excel and wondering how to take your graphs to the next level? Creating informative and visually appealing data visualizations is key to clearly communicating your research findings. In this workshop, you will learn how to use ggplot2 and R to make scatter plots, bar graphs, heat maps, and more.


Dr. Isabel Duarte

Dr. Duarte is a bioinformatics cancer researcher with over 10 years of experience, currently at the Center for Health Technology and Services Research at the University of Algarve in Faro (Portugal). Her yearly interactive and engaging R programming courses have made her a favorite lecturer among university students. She has published over 25 articles in international journals, developed multiple R packages and transcriptomics datasets, and can play the ukulele! Passionate about Open Science, her software packages, code, and datasets can be found on her website: