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Goncalo Mental Health Event

SPaRK researcher Goncalo Rosas da Silva was recently involved in the organisation of an event which welcomed researchers to an open discussion around the themes of mental health within academia.

Sponsored by the UK Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Cambridge, the event took place on 26th April at The Sanders Hall at the Postdoc Centre at Eddington in Cambridge and was jointly organised by Dr Donata Iandolo, Maria Laura Greco and Goncalo.

The event aimed to increase awareness on mental health within academia and bring together researchers at different stages of their career to give them the opportunity to share their own experiences about how different aspects of their work impact upon their everyday life.

A range of speakers from academia, policymaking institutions and funders came together at this event and a full event account is available in the June 2019 Edition of the Marie Curie Alumni Magazine here.

Following the event Dr Iandolo and Goncalo were able to contribute an article to Nature Materials, the article can be viewed here.

Of his involvement in the event Goncalo says

“It was an extremely enlightening and gratifying experience. I was one of the main organisers of the event, and helped throughout most stages of organising it (inviting speakers, catering, logistics, etc...). It was quite eye-opening, and I believe that the organisational skills I gained will prove quite useful in the future. It was also a great opportunity to meet new people, and the scale of the event meant that the audience was comfortable in talking quite openly about their experiences, even if this also meant that the topics got quite heavy on occasion. 

The coverage from the MCAA magazine and the invitation to write for Nature Materials were also unexpected delights given the former's wide reach among my peers and the latter's selectivity.”

Well done to Goncalo on the success of the event and his publication!

To read more about Goncalo’s research project click here.

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