New Investigator Programme

The ECTS New Investigator Committee and IBMS Young Investigator Committee have organised a special programme specifically designed for New Investigators. This includes a special seminar and networking event and workshops that will take place across the meeting.


  • To facilitate networking
  • Enhance the exposure of data presented by New Investigators
  • Provide a space to improve essential skills in a safe environment
  • Enable greater exchange with mentors and senior investigators
  • Foster methodological exchange between New Investigators

Target audience

  • Bachelor, Masters and PhD students
  • PostDocs
  • Early independent researchers (within 2 years of becoming independent)

ECTS–IBMS New Investigator Seminar and Gathering

Sunday 26 April 2015 18:45–20:45

The main event will be our New Investigator series of oral poster presentations. Delegates will hear the latest research from our 9 selected New Investigator abstract authors, and the two best presentations, as decided by the audience, will be awarded our newly created Best Poster prizes. The evening will end with a networking reception, drinks and buffet dinner, with further opportunities for discussion of our New Investigators' research.

Remember to register for the New Investigator Seminar on the main meeting registration form.

ECTS–IBMS New Investigator Workshops

Mentor Session

Monday 27 April 2015 18:45–20:15

New Investigators are invited to join leaders in the field for an informal mentoring/networking session. Participants will be requested to indicate which sessions they wish to attend, up to a maximum of 3. There will be 3 rotations of 20 minutes each and the format will be group discussions which are facilitated by the mentor. The mentors are available for advice on how to find your own solutions!

This event gives New Investigators the opportunity to network with senior investigators at tables assigned by topics.

Michaela Kneissel: Women in leadership positions - challenges and opportunities

Andre Uitterlinden: GWAS Studies

Robert Coleman: Bone Metastases

Uwe Kornak: Genetics in Bone

Marc Raaijmakers: The big dream of independency - is it worth it?

Carola Zillikens: Combining clincal duties and basic research

Nicola Napoli: Diabetic bone disease

Hans van Leeuwen: Strategic career planning


New for 2015! Breakfast Carnival – Grant Writing

Tuesday 28 April 2015 07:00–08:00

ECTS and IBMS are pleased to be able to deliver this exciting new Breakfast Carnival devoted to the art of Grant Writing. Leaders in the field will be invited to join New Investigators for round table discussions over breakfast to talk through the different aspects of developing the perfect grant application with our experts.

Florent Elefteriou: Writing style

Mone Zaidi: Track record

Lorenz Hofbauer:Writing an abstract/Executive Summary 

Gudrun Stenbeck: Having a strategy before writing

Juliet Compston: The grant reviewer's perspective

Marianna de Julio: Finding the appropriate grant


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