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On the Intersection of Two Companions for Ecological Validity: Research and Industry

[By Umay Şen]

The second meeting of Motion Network (Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience: Interdisciplinary Training Network for Innovating Infancy Research) took place in Oldenzaal, Netherlands. In this meeting, there were various workshops regarding the interaction of research and industry. As the early stage researchers of the network, we have strong connections with both industry and academia. This provides the opportunity to get involved with them both now and also in future.  Although, most of us do not have concrete career plans after PhD, we are questioning the possibilities of staying in academia/industry or changing our tracks from one to the other. To make decisions about future, is an effortful and delicate process. In this blog post, I am going to discuss about the research environments in academia and industry and also how they are similar and different with a little bit of my own perspective as a PhD student who is planning to pursue an academic career.

In the Motion Network, we have direct access to a community consisting of international and qualified researchers who have experience in both academia and industry. Furthermore, we have collaborations with researchers, practitioners and people from companies who have different specializations. Being a part of Marie Curie Network is providing us the excellent opportunity to be involved in all these different disciplines, exchange of knowledge and to integrate different skills sets.

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How are we doing? Our mid-term check

[By Joanna Rutkowska]

This month TMSi kindly ho  sted our project check meeting and the third training school in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands. We got off to a shaky start with all of our early stage researchers (ESRs) and their supervisors (principal investigators, PIs) coming from outside the Netherlands stranded at Schiphol Aiport and arriving to our location late in the evening before the first scheduled day. Fortunately, the next day we did not have our project check meeting yet, or else the Research Executive Agency (REA) Project Officer would be greeted by a group of sleep-deprived and exhausted individuals (or maybe that short description fits all of the scientific researchers anyway?).

MOTION is an Innovating Training Network (ITN) that is a part of H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded by the European Commission. Our name, MOTION, is an abbreviation of the full name of our network: Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience: Interdisciplinary Training Network for Innovating Infancy Research. As you can see, it would be too hard to use the full name in a sentence! On our website you can also familiarise yourself with the goals of each of the ESRs involved.

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Questions, possible solutions and more

[By Valentina Barone]

What am I doing here? What is the purpose of my job? Is it really necessary – to someone else or at least to myself?

These questions have been raised by human beings for a sustained amount of time, and you are probably wondering yourself the same from time to time, even if you have just started your long way into the labour market. This happens also to myself, to my-new-self in the role of an early stage researcher for the MOTION Project. With a background in Psychology, Communication and Cognitive Neuroscience it sounds probably normal to hear that I belong to that kind of people who question everything. It is often an annoying habit, but it can be useful as well. The latter was, indeed, the case during the training school at Radboud University in Nijmegen, where my colleagues and I had the occasion to collect some practical answers to those tricky questions.

Still filled with our Christmas meals and relatives’ stories, we met up at the beginning of January for a 4 days-long full immersion into the intricate world of ‘’Infant&Child Development’’.

After a couple of days of well-prepared lectures and active discussions (see Tommaso’s post to find out all the stimulating activities of the Nijmegen training school),

we attended a workshop provided by two experts from Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerp – Centre of expertise for pedagogical support in childcare and school. ‘’Starting the dialogue between basic science and practitioners” was an intensive workshop provided by Monique van Boom and Lynn Mampuys, but mostly it was a great introduction into the world where research can meet practical daily applications. This was so remarkable for us, since it is something a researcher does not focus on that often: we all know that experimental processes require a huge amount of time-consuming activities, which more often have their main goal in a successful publication and a worldwide recognition. But what about transposing those results into practice? What about seeing years of behind-the-desk-knowledge transformed into actual pedagogical rules or exercises?

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The second training school: discussions and lasers!

[By Tommaso Ghilardi]

This month Radboud University hosted the second training school of the MOTION project and obviously Joanna and I tried to contribute to the organization of the event. Organizing a training school may seem like an easy task but it is not. Considering the needs and demands of all the participants, while balancing interesting and useful lessons, to leisure and bonding activities can easily be compared to solving a jigsaw.

I will not bore you by describing every single aspect of the organization or the details of how the training school was. However, I would like to tell you about two aspects that, in my opinion, have made these five days a success.  

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Motion Kick Off

On Tuesday 27 February 2018 all partners of MOTION came together to kick off the project at the Sheraton at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The objective of this meeting was to refresh and go through the implementation of an ITN, such as financial management, reporting, recruitment, dissemination activities etc.

After a short (re)introduction, we started planning the project structure, recruitment, deliverables and exchanged information to kick start the MOTION project.

We are looking forward to the years to come and the scientific output of this joint collaboration!