When few years ago I invited my student to do a short 3 min pitch on their selected topic, I realized that I do not really know how to do a good pitch. Indeed, as scientists we are very good at communicating our results to other scientists, especially in our field. However, in order to create the bridges between science and society we need to transfer our knowledge in a completely different way. We need to communicate with some fun and simplicity without decreasing the scientific precision – a skill that we are usually not taught during our career. I started browsing online to give my students the best possible tips, and I found the FameLab – an international scientific monologues competition which the main purpose is to improve our communication skills, talking about our research with a public audience, and to join a global network of science communicators in different fields. Additionally, they are giving very helpful and clear instruction on how to create your own scientific pitch.
My students did great pitch presentations and we indeed had a lot of fun, comparing to previous years with power point presentations. And I kind of forgot about the whole FameLab concept until this year when I had a conversation with my colleagues on science communication. I told them about this cool thing (i.e.,FameLab) and my experience with the students, and when I entered their website. I saw that the application deadline for 2020 competition is in 1 day! As my New Year intention was to have some fun, I decided to apply, and guess what … I was selected to Spanish national semi-finals among 11 other amazing people! So please keep your fingers crossed because standing in front of 400 people without being able to hide behind a laptop or a power point to help to cover up sudden memory loss is completely new to me!
When is the good time to start taking care of yourself? When I get this degree, my dreamed job, or when I get older and will have some more free time? And how about starting right now? Adolescence is a time of change, growth and often, struggle. Teens might be confronted with various intense situations such as heartbreak, anxiety, peer pressure, bullying.
Making Friends with Yourself is scientifically validated protocol to help teens build resources in managing difficult emotions and learning practices through fun activities based on mindfulness and self-compassion.
Together with AVAST (Valencian Association for Support of High Intelectual Capacities) and Global C (Center of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy) we run this 8-weeks course designed to help adolescents navigating through emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.
Today is the first day of the rest of our life after this summer school adventure…and I already miss you all! We had so much fun exploring the science of contemplative practices, practicing yoga and meditation during the silent day, and discovering the beauty of the city of Amsterdam. Thanks to incredible guest lecturers, the best UvA summer school organization team, and especially to all of you that joined us from around the world bringing a beauty and diversity of knowledge and experience! I will keep you close to my heart. Have a safe trip back home!
Let’s be honest, being kind to ourselves is not usually our first priority. We need to take care of our loved ones, our friends, our pets, or plants, and then we can finally sit and have a nice cup of tea or coffee…but guess what…there is only 24 hours in our daily schedule! So maybe its time to think where am I on my priority list? Maybe its time to put yourself in the agenda? Asking how do I feel? (mindfulness), and what do I need right now? (compassion). It doesn’t take so long but it makes all the difference.
Recently, together with my friend Gloria Remacha and thanks to the kindness of Ignasi Fayos Perez from IPSIVA I had a pleasure to run an 8-week Mindful-Self Compassion course for adults. We were reflecting on the importance of being kind to ourselves and learning new tools to respond with an open heart to moments of difficulties. It was a lot of fun!
Being a teen is everything but an easy job… So how can we stay tuned to our real self if so many things is going on both externally and internally?
Together with Metta Center (Spain) we organized a half day workshop on mindful self compassion for teens and exchanged with them different tips on how to stay calm in the midst of all these changes.
Thanks guys for participating!
It is with a great pleasure that, as an academic director, I would like to invite you for this new edition of Peaceful Mind Summer School organized by University of Amsterdam.
University of Amsterdam offer intensive programmes at pre-university, Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels but also to professionals right in the heart of Amsterdam. the summer school programmes range from the sciences to the humanities, with interdisciplinary and innovative approach in topics targeting our current societal challenges. Check out how was our 2018 edition of the Peaceful Mind, here.
And if you would like to know more, click here to find more details about our program, and here to find more information about other courses.
See you in July 2019!
Last week we finished our Summer School Program on mindfulness and compassion interventions at the University of Amsterdam. A big thank you to great guest lecturers, incredible organization team, and especially to you all that joined us from around the world! I am very grateful to be a part of this beautiful adventure! Have a soft landing back home!