EAVI2020 EAVI2020 on Twitter EAVI2020 on Facebook EAVI2020 on LinkedIn

Archive: Feb 2020

  1. EAVI2020 Students in Focus: Yoann Aldon

    Leave a Comment

    Throughout the past four years, the students of EAVI2020 have worked tirelessly in The Continuing Education & Training in HIV vaccine development programme. This is a work package of the EAVI2020 project dedicated to the employment and training of young scientists in Europe. It comprises of scientific fellowships, student exchange, wet workshops, and a PhD Programme to maximise the training of the next generation of young scientists in the field of vaccine development. It is now time we shine a positive spotlight on the students to hear from them about their experience in the programme, lessons learned and what they hope to achieve moving beyond EAVI2020s. ‘EAVI2020 Students in Focus’ will be a regular news feature so be sure to subscribe to the EAVI2020 newsletter to get the latest updates.  In this issue, we feature Yoann Aldon and Athina Kilpelïnen.

    EAVI2020 Students in Focus: Yoann Aldon, Imperial College London UK

    Yoann Aldon

    Being involved in the EAVI2020 consortium as a PhD student was a very positive experience. Over the 4 years of my PhD in Prof Robin J. Shattock’s group at Imperial College, this remarkable H2020 European project set up biannual courses and promoted student mobility between research groups. In addition to being exposed to new techniques and knowledge, these courses as well as the annual meetings strengthened collaborations and bonds among students and collaborators across Europe. Throughout my PhD years I had the chance to be involved in several projects within the EAVI2020 and found that the consortium network was very supportive of students.

    It goes without saying that as students we felt privileged travelling to cities around the continent where we enjoyed visits and nights out together. Another appealing quality of this project was the academic background diversity of the students and researchers involved which created a favourable environment for solving scientific questions rapidly. In my opinion, the EAVI2020 consortium represents a great example of how the European Union is a leader in academic research and can foster successful and efficient public-private partnerships with vaccine products ready for clinical trials within a limited period of time. On a more personal level, I graduated last summer 2019 and I am proud to have been an EU-funded PhD student. I have now joined the group of one of the EAVI2020 partners in Amsterdam, Pr. Rogier W. Sanders, and started my post-doc this January 2020. I am grateful for the opportunities, courses and energy the EAVI2020 gave me and I can only wish that many more consortiums like this one will be funded by the EU.

  2. EAVI2020 9th PhD training course announced

    Leave a Comment

    Image by Michael Jarmoluk from Pixabay

    The 9th PhD course as part of this programme will take place in Amsterdam from 7-8 April 2020. Titled HIV antibody and glycoprotein engineering for therapeutics and vaccines, the course will be co-organised by EAVI2020 consortium members Dr Rogier Sanders and Dr Marit Gils alongside other collaborators of AMC’s Department of Medical Microbiology, Lab of Experimental Virology.

    Employment and training of young scientists in Europe are integral to the EAVI2020 project. Led by Prof Joan Joseph Munné from the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), EAVI2020 has a fellowships and exchange programme in vaccine development to support and advance the research skills of the next generation of young scientists. The programme comprises of a conference series, workshops, scientific exchanges and a series of courses for PhD students.

    To date, there have been 8 EAVI2020 PhD training courses hosted by EAVI2020’s various partners across Europe. The courses have focussed on clinical and laboratory-based training and have befitted Master students, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows from EAVI2020’s partner institutions. For a closer look at one of the PhD training courses, read about the 7th course titled From Lab to Clinic. This iteration was held in Vienna and hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.