An update from the ESE President - September 2022

Dear ESE members,

I am delighted to be writing to you today to outline ESE’s efforts to support all our colleagues who work in scientific research. As you will see, ESE leadership is undertaking new steps to achieve our strategic goal to broaden the research community within our society.

After two years of pandemic we were able to bring back the ESE Summer School this year, which was held at the beautiful Tiroler Bildungsinstitut, Innsbruck, Austria in July. The meeting featured lectures from leading endocrine researchers and group breakout sessions to discuss scientific challenges, as well as incorporating an extensive social programme. There were 40 students in attendance, and from what I have heard the experience was positive both from a scientific, networking, soft skills and social perspective, in a wonderful setting. It was a perfect combination! As one attendee put it "One of the most interesting aspects of the ESE Summer School was the opportunity to meet other young researchers from all over Europe (and beyond) and get to know each other. It was a really great experience, even if it made me realise I am not as good at table-tennis as I used to think…" 

I also heard that swimming in the lake and karaoke may have been involved...

I would like to highlight our excellent Spotlight on Science sessions which are held on the first Thursday of approximately every other month. These are free to access, informal, online evening masterclass sessions where we discuss scientific research topics in endocrinology. Join us for our next one on Thursday 3 November at 18.00 – 19.30 CET, entitled, ‘Towards novel biomarkers in endocrine cancer’, chaired by our ESE Young Endocrinologists and Scientists (EYES) Co-Chair, Stavroula Paschou with our confirmed speaker, Barbara Altieri. Please register for free.

We also have our excellent, new ESE-SEEDER-EU programme, which supports scientists to overcome the challenges faced in accessing research funding by providing consultancy support for individuals or consortia during the grant selection and writing process. The programme is provided under the form of consulting time from Dr Yulia Matskevich, an expert in European Collaborative Research and Innovation, who brings a wealth of experience in international collaboration both as a biomedical researcher and as a research manager. Please see more information and apply.  As an example, you can apply for support in the following areas:

  • Navigating EU funding landscape and advice on how to find calls aligned to the ESE member’s expertise and research priorities
  • Understanding European funding calls: call focus, expected outcome and impact, and policy drivers; what types of partners one needs to deliver the proposal (consortium composition etc)
  • From the idea to the proposal; review of the concept and relevance to the call
  • Partner’s search: what consortium partners one needs and where to find them
  • Proposal Review: receiving feedback to an already drafted grant proposal

We accept applications in relation to all major EU research funding programmes (for example, Horizon Europe including Marie Sklodowska Curie International Training Networks, EU4Health research calls, ERA-Net for Research Programmes on Rare Diseases, European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases).

Finally, we are initiating a big project - the Endocrinology Research Roadmap: this roadmap is urgently needed to inform policymakers in Europe about the research priorities in our discipline and how this can contribute to a healthier Europe. We will keep you updated as this progresses.

These are just some highlights of the benefits of being part of ESE - we are constantly evaluating the provision of new opportunities for our scientific members. 

And, do not forget to mark your diaries for the upcoming ECE 2023 in stunning Istanbul, Turkey on 13-16 May 2023. Register to receive event updates and join thousands of colleagues next May to experience the best in endocrine science!

We look forward to welcoming you as our member again in 2023.

With warm, best wishes,

Martin Reincke
ESE President