Communication and public engagement

Outreach activities by the principal investigators and the research fellows ensures that COSMIC results are disseminated to society at large to raise awareness of research among the general public including patients, patient organisations, (secondary) school students, and teachers:

  • Talks at public meetings. COSMIC will stimulate research fellows to give presentations at public meetings. For example at TEDx;
  • Use of electronic media such as FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn;
  • Patient Seminars are organised during which patients and medical doctors give a lecture about disease signs and symptoms as well as socio-economic consequences
  • EULAR/PARE will be invited to contribute to the training and Science Cafes. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the organisation that represents the patients with arthritis/rheumatism, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations.  PARE are the national organisations of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe.
  • Investing in the future: (secondary school) students and teachers. Research fellows make teaching material (e.g., presentation, computer lab) for secondary school students and their teachers. The fellows will use the teaching material at a local secondary school to enthuse students for systems medicine. Additionally, COSMIC results will also be included in university bachelor/master and company training programmes.
  • Best exposé written for lay public.  At the end of COSMIC during the 4th Annual Meeting, we will award a prize for the best systems medicine exposé written for lay public. Scientists from inside and outside COSMIC will be invited to participate. COSMIC will put effort into having this expose published through a wide range of channels that reach the general public (electronic and newspapers).

 See below some of our outreach activities, in chronological order, most recent on top;


Science is Wonderful! (2021)

Our AMC based fellow Rodrigo Garcia Valiente gave two online talks talking about COSMIC as part of the Science is Wonderful! 2021. To 5 highschool courses in total, around 100 students. 

Interview on Spanish radio and TV!

Additionally, Rodrigo Garcia Valiente gave a 30 minute interview  in the radio programme Punto de Enlace, from the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation, as a researcher in the outside. I talked about COSMIC, the experience in NL, etc, which can be watched at this link.

COSMIC Podcasts (December 2020)

Together with Eva Bongaerts and Nadine Brinkman (Science Matters; and David Kirk ( our fellows spent a lot of time making podcasts about their work in COSMIC, with excellent results!

The PodCasts can be found here  and I would certainly encourage to watch them!

Guest lecture by our coordinator, Antoine van Kampen (November 2019)

In the course ‘Biotechnologie: van Medicijn tot Frankenstein’. The scary world of bioinformatics. University of Amsterdam.


Seminar and workshops at LINK - Extremadura en el Mundo (September 2019)

Rodrigo Garcia Valiente (ESR 1) took part as an invited guest in the pilot edition of the LINK - Extremadura en el Mundo (LINK - Extremadura in the World) program. He gave a seminar + workshop (2 times, 2 hours each) to approximately 60 high school students in his class, talking about COSMIC, RA, BCLL and Agent-based models. As part of the program, he also met with the General Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of his region (Extremadura), the Vice Rector of Students of the University of Extremadura and a main researcher of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (CCMIJU).

Guest lecture at the Biotech Annual Congress (July 2019)


Our AMC based fellow, Rodrigo Garcia Valiente (ESR) provided a guest lecture at the Biotech Meeting Point of the Biotech Annual Congress 2019 in Madrid. He talked about COSMIC and the Marie Curie scholarships for PhDs for approximately 20 university students in biotechnology and biomedical sciences.

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Highschool students at CERTH (February 2019)

Rerun by popular demand. Bastien of PLANT.ID did so well last time high school students visited the labs at the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) that they decided to do it again! This time he teamed up with Laura Zaragoza Infante, an ESR of COSMIC and they shared their experiences of being part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project. Got to love inter-ITN fraternization.





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