Guest lectures and the 10th International Nanomedicine Conference

During the summer of 2019, qBionano’s Mattias gave invited guest lectures on bio-nano science and nanomedicine at Zhejiang University (hosted by Prof Yuan Ping) & Shandong University (hosted by Prof Jiwei Cui), and contributed to a workshop on the MIRIBEL guidelines at the 10th International Nanomedicine Conference. Below are some photos from these events.

Dr Björnmalm’s guest lectures partly covered recent work on quantifying cell-particle interactions, the MIRIBEL guidelines, and efforts towards facilitating clinical translation. Related papers with more details include this J. Am. Chem. Soc. perspective and this ACS Nano review.

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Dr Mattias Björnmalm giving invited guest lecture at Shandong University.

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Let’s focus on the research process, not the outputs

The outsized importance of publications has meant too many research students focus on featuring papers in prestigous journals, despite having success in doing so feeling like something of a lottery. To Mattias Björnmalm, a strong focus on the research output instead of the research process is detrimental to research itself. Research is about increasing our understanding of the world and helping to solve problems. At its best and most effective, this is a collaborative endeavour leveraging diverse skills and experiences. Ensuring we focus our definition of success around valuable contributions — instead of around the final output — would recognise and reward good research and researchers. 

Read the full blog post in the LSE Impact blog. Photo above is by Med Badr Chemmaoui.

Mapping the Future of Research Assessment

On September 21, a half-day workshop was held at Imperial College London to discuss the changing landscape of research assessment. The workshop was introduced by Prof Nick Jennings, followed by presentations from Prof Stephen Curry on DORA (slides here) and Dr Lizzie Gadd on responsible metrics, before finishing with a panel discussion which also included Dr Karen Rowlett, Dr John Tregoning and qBionano’s Dr Mattias Björnmalm. This panel discussion was chaired by Prof Chris Jackson.

The full workshop is available on Imperial College London’s YouTube channel:

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