In the early stage of their training, young researchers need to learn a lot of skills for their future career. In order to assist with these challenges, the EPS Young Mind Project organised a special session at the European Nuclear Physics Conference, which took place in September in Groningen (NL). In this session invited speakers gave overview talks to train young scientists for their professional knowledge as well as in promoting science.
An introduction of the Young Minds Project was given by Ulrike Ritzmann highlighting the fast growth of the project in the last five years and the variety of different actions of the self-organised sections. More than 30 self-organised sections in Europe engage in outreach activities, seminars and workshops to promote science and to broaden the knowledge in science and beyond train their professional skills.
One of the important tasks as young researchers is to publish the results in scientific journals in addition to scientific research. To give guidelines for young researchers, a first tutorial talk was given by Graeme Watt, the Executive Editor of EPL. As a young researcher one has to write the first paper, but where to start and how to chose the correct journal? These and other questions where answered in a short overview, about „How to get your research published“.
Can you convey a scientific concept of your choice to the general public in only three minutes? This challenge is the idea of FameLab and was introduced by Bart van der Laar in the second tutorial talk of this session. Without further tools, such as slides or experiments, the speakers have to introduce a science topic to the general public. FameLab is an organised competition on national and later on international level. The talk showed some examples from the finals of the last years, followed by volunteers from the audience to try the challenge themselves and explain the audience in 3 minutes their current research field.
These two tutorials are good examples of important skills for young researchers beyond their daily routine. We hope to organise in the future further tutorials for young researchers advising them in their early career steps.