What a week! On Tuesday January 3, the first 16 NAD fellows gathered for a two-day retreat at Marienlyst Strandhotel in Helsingør. The programme featured teambuilding exercises and a workshop on presentation skills with Gordon Torbet of IMPROV Communication and a session on the transition from being a student to becoming an independent researcher led by Coach Liv Gish. On Thursday, the NAD fellows returned to Copenhagen for an inspiring session with Professor Thomas Mandrup-Poulsen on how to choose a research environment and a PhD supervisor.
Thursday evening, more than 130 people gathered in the University of Copenhagen Ceremonial Hall for an opening reception celebrating the launch of the NAD PhD programme. Ulrik Gether, Chair of the NAD Governing Board, and Jan Egebjerg, Director of Science of the Lundbeck Foundation, shared their visions for Danish neuroscience and the NAD programme. The 16 NAD fellows went on stage and introduced themselves, sharing creative, fun and surprising stories about their passion for and way into neuroscience.
On Thursday and Friday, we hosted meetings for members of the NAD Research Columns. Thursday featured a session for PI’s hosting NAD fellows in the first lab rotation and a talk by Thomas Mandrup-Poulsen on PhD supervision. Friday featured an interactive brainstorming session on NAD and its future activities, with plenty of great ideas and input on how to further elevate Danish neuroscience through training and networking activities.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the NAD Kickoff Week – we look forward to build and grow NAD with all of you.
See pictures from the events below.