The web appears as a marvelous instrument to diffuse scientific knowledge, because it is free, interactive, and fast. However, internet is non selective and allows false and misleading information to be published side by side with true information. Ease of access is not favorable to the diffusion of solid scientific information because science relies on peer review, a practice which is absent on the internet. On the web, science risks to be overcome by pseudo-science (Source: FEBS Network Viewpoints).

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The European Commission is currently working on its proposal for Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020 for the period 2021-2027. Horizon Europe will have a total expected budget of €97.9 billion.

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Please find attached the latest issue of the IUBMB Newsletter. It will also be available via the website (www.iubmb.org) shortly.

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Why and how an agreement for transparency in animal research was launched and successfully implemented in Spain, following a similar initiative previously deployed in the UK (Source: FEBS Network - Viewpoints).

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Doing a PhD is HARD!!! A PhD is physically exhausting, emotionally trialing, forces you to deal with failure on a daily basis as well as to constantly test the limits of your abilities. However, its also a highly rewarding and fulfilling process that makes you grow as a person and as a scientist. Here you will find some thoughts on how to tip the balance to the positive side, survive and thrive during this process (Source: FEBS Network).

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Back in 2012, the article in Nature Expatriate Scientists Get Organized, highlighted a new trend in scientific migration: the emergence of scientific communities bringing together researchers from the same country of origin (Source: FEBS Network).

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Researchers deliver 280,000-signature campaign to parliament protesting decade of drastic cuts — but a budget hike might be in their sights (Source: Nature).

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Because of the celebration of the International Women's Day on March 8, we invite you to take a look at the article "Gender Equality in Academic Science - Why and How?", By FEBS Network.

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The concept of research excellence is ubiquitous, but its meaning depends on context (Source: Nature).

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Do you want to support initiatives to mitigate climate change? Do you want to support women's roles in society and in policy decisions? Do you want to support science? Homeward Bound aims at equipping a strong global collaboration of 1,000 women with a science background to influence and lead policy and decision making as it informs the future of our planet within 10 years. 
I have been selected to be one of the 70 women that will have the honor to form Homeward Bound's second edition. We are women from around the world with scientific backgrounds that want to take action and have an impact towards a more sustainable world. We are undertaking a year-long state-of-the-art virtual program to develop our leadership and strategic capabilities, using science to contribute to and elevate the broader societal conversation about the role of women in leading the world to a more sustainable future.
The program will culminate with a three-week expedition to Antarctica, in February 2018. During the trip we will receive a 12-day state-of-the-art leadership and strategic planning training delivered by Kit Jackson, Fabian Dattner, and other experts in their fields. We will also be part of a 6-day cutting edge science education program incorporating the most up-to-date and relevant research about the state of our planet delivered by leading Australian academics.

f you can and want to support this cause and my participation in this enriching and inspirational collaborative project I would truly appreciate it. If you can't support me with funds but you believe in this initiative, please contact me to learn more about it.

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The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals in the 28 European Union Member States (HELP in the 28) supports legal professionals from the EU in acquiring the knowledge and skills on how to refer to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the Charter), the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Social Charter (ESC). Furthermore, they will get familiar with the European jurisprudence. It also reinforces the HELP Network of National Institutions (NTI) and Bar Associations (BA) in the EU.

Under this programme, four new courses are developed, based on EU priorities: Data protection and privacy rights; Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia; Labour rights; and Right to the integrity of the person (bioethics). The courses are then adjusted to the national legal systems and languages before being piloted in -at least- 13 EU MS. Following this, the courses are transferred to the self-learning part of the free HELP e-platform.

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2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention).
On this occasion an international conference will be held on 24-25 October 2017, in Strasbourg, under the auspices of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

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