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Becoming an Effective Scientific Storyteller,

with Dr. Chapin Rodriguez

Date: 26 May 2020   Duration: 2 hours .   Maximum participants: unlimited


Join this workshop to hear strategies for writing clear, concise research manuscripts and for delivering focused, convincing oral presentations. Learn some of the fundamentals of effective scientific and technical communication, supported by findings from neuroscience, linguistics, and marketing. Main topics include: 

  • Writing for the audience, not for yourself
  • Helping the audience see the “new” and “useful” of your work relative to similar studies in your field (defining the nucleus and universe of five)
  • Telling your research story in a visualizable way
  • Creating a unidirectional narrative thread (triaging, opportune repetition, structuring according to cognitive principles)

Participants will practice these principles with their own research (please bring a journal-style abstract of 150-200 words about your project).

About the instructor: Chapin Rodríguez obtained his BSc in chemistry and biochemistry from Duke University (US) and his PhD in cellular, molecular and structural biology from Cambridge University (UK). He carried out postdoctoral research in molecular neuroscience at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine (US). He has obtained research funding from the British Marshall Commission, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UK Medical Research Council, and US National Institutes of Health. Through his company (, he helps researchers in natural and clinical sciences publish their manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, prepare grant applications and improve their oral presenting skills. 

Building resilience: resilience workshop for researchers 

with Dr. Nadine Sinclair 

Date: 26 May 2020   Duration: 2 hours .   Maximum participants: unlimited


Burnout has recently been included as an occupational phenomenon in the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organisation. According to the annual graduate survey by Nature, graduate students are six times more likely to experience depression or anxiety compared to the general population. But why do some people succumb to burnout while others seem to have the ability to bounce back from setbacks instead of breaking? 

Resilience is the ability to positively respond to adversity. It can help us master big challenges, but it is also critical for managing the the small day-to-day challenges and obstacles we encounter. High resilience allows us to grow through adversity as we learn from and adapt to setbacks. Low resilience on the other hand can lead to low self esteem, depression and eventually burnout.

Ahead of the workshop, you will take our proprietary psychometric – the Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI). It’s an online questionnaire that takes approximately 15 min to complete and you will receive your resilience scores across six domains via email.

The workshop will take place on Zoom. During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about the relationship between performance, stress and resilience 
  • Explore the domains of resilience that work together to allow individuals to thrive even when faced with setbacks: purpose, composure, problem-solving, perseverance, collaboration and health
  • Understand that resilience is not an innate ability, but something that changes over time and can be actively developed
  • Learn practical science-based techniques to enhance your resilience in each of the six domains

About the instructor: 

Dr. Nadine Sinclair studied Medical Biotechnology at the University of Abertay-Dundee in Scotland. She then completed her MSc and PhD as part of the IMPRS for Molecular Biology program, where she focused on pre-mRNA splicing in Drosophila melanogaster.

Before embarking on her own entrepreneurial journey in 2014, Nadine was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company for six years. As a Project Manager in charge of multiple projects, Nadine led project teams in more than 20 countries in both the public and private sector.

She now works internationally as a management consultant, executive coach and keynote speaker in the areas of leadership development, emotional intelligence and corporate strategy. Within organizations, she supports management teams in developing winning strategies and in driving sustainable, cultural change. As a coach, she helps executives and entrepreneurs to become more effective and authentic leaders with the courage and conviction to realize their full impact in business and their personal lives.

A scientist by training and at heart, Nadine is passionate about developing new techniques and tools for leadership training that are grounded in the latest insights from neuroscience, cognitive science and behavioural economics. The design of her coaching programs integrates these insights on how our brains acquire, store and apply new information and habits to achieve lasting and transformative changes for her clients.