3rd BIST Postdoctoral Day: Staying Connected

Nov. 19 | Nov. 26 | Dec. 10 | Online

The BIST Postdoctoral Day is a biennial event organised by postdocs for postdocs. It brings together postdoctoral researchers from all BIST centres to connect, share, and build a community with common interests.

This year’s event is a three-part seminar series focused on the theme of (Re)connecting Science and Society. Through these postdoc-tailored online seminars, you will have the chance to develop key communication skills needed to effectively communicate your science through cutting edge virtual platforms, in the political arena, and in the context of competitive grant application processes.

Specifically, seminars will cover three topics: 1) Efficient science communication: from art design online to leveraging YouTube, 2) Science communication to a general audience and in the political arena, and 3) How to build successful grant application.

All postdoctoral researchers working at BIST centres (CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, IRB Barcelona) are encouraged to attend.

Seminar 1

November 19, 2020

14:00h – 16:00h


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Efficient science communication: from art design online to leveraging YouTube
Improve scientific communication of our scientific achievements at different levels, covering both design aspects and oral communication in virtual platforms, and conceptually evaluate the message to efficiently communicate our research when reaching a more general audience or to a more professional public (i.e. academic, industry).


  • Carolin Vogler (Creative Marketing, eCommerce Professional, Fashion Researcher, Artist, Fabricademist): “That’s art? I could do that!”
  • SassyScience (Scientific YouTuber): “Drag, scicomm and the unconventional media.”
  • Dámaso Torres Navarro (Webmaster & Graphic Designer at ICN2): “Key elements to design science websites”
Seminar 2

November 26, 2020

15:00h – 16:30h


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Science & Diplomacy in the world to come 

Science and Diplomacy represent two of the most relevant and intensively scrutinised disciplines of the moment. The intimate connections that link the two are relevant across a multitude of forums, institutions and contemporary problems. Scientific prowess, on one hand, acts as a direct proxy for power and influence in a world where the United States, China, Russia or the European Union compete based on their respective foreign policy decisions. Nonetheless, science also offers an avenue for dialogue that is agnostic to political ideologies, thus providing a powerful tool for cooperation in a divided world. More broadly, the essential cross talk between science and the political arena has been particularly evident in context of the ongoing crisis of COVID-19. Here, mixed messaging, fake news and weak strategy have compounded to prevent robust communication of current scientific knowledge to and from our politicians.


  • Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez, International Communication and Media Policy Professor, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

In his talk, Professor Manfredi Sánchez will explore the concept of science-driven diplomacy and its increasing relevance in modern international relations. In particular, he will focus on the role of cities in creating science-friendly environments that offer diplomatic possibilities – with the example of Barcelona as a model for bringing together investments, research networks and institutional support. He will then take a broader perspective to discuss science communication into and from the political sphere, considering what has been done correctly and incorrectly in the current crisis, and what lessons we can learn moving forward.

Seminar 3

December 10, 2020

15:00h – 16:30h


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Horizon Europe: novelties and opportunities
This session will allow you to learn about the funding opportunities for researchers of all nationalities and research fields under the next EU’s program for research and innovation Horizon Europe (2021-2027).
The main novelties of the new program will be presented as well as the future of the European Research Council (ERC), the MSCA programme and the European Innovation Council (EIC).


  • Aïda Díaz SáezOfficer Coordinator of the International Area at Agency of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) and National Contact Point of Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’ Programme


Carolin Vogler

Creative marketing — eCommerce professional — Fashion researcher — Artist— Fabricademist

@CarolinVogler on Medium

Design Experiments on Instagram



Damaso Torres Navarro
Webmaster and Graphic Designer at
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)






Scientific youtuber

Twitter: @sassyscience_</a

Instagram: @sassy.science

YouTube: The Sassyscience Project



Juan Luis Manfredi

International Communication and Media Policy Professor, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Twitter: @juanmanfredi

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jlmanfredi

Website: juanluismanfredi.es


Aïda Díaz

Officer Coordinator of the International Area at the Agency of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) and National Contact Point of Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’ Programme

Twitter: @AdaDaz15


BIST centres

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees