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YSF-2017 has several WORKSHOPS on soft skills to offer. On Wednesday, 18 you'll have the opportunity to choose which one to attend. Check the schedule for more details.

W1: Public Speaking

Being a great speaker is a key factor in scientist's career. Presenting at different conferences, defending your thesis - the way you speak and perform does matter a lot. At YSF-2017, we will work on the skills of public speaking during two events: a workshop on Wednesday, 18 and an interactive lecture on Tuesday, 17.

Led by:
David Kuptsov
"Public Speaking Polygon" creator and leader
The workshop will include:
  • Part I Behavioral elements of public speech or “The nature of fear, influence and likability”
    • History of body language and how can we use it.
    • Likability that can change everything.
    • Hormonal system in public speech.
    • Why it is not enough to be influential in science papers.
  • Part II The theory of communication or “Dealing with the brain. How to pack your information to be understood”
    • Basic knowledge of how our brain works and what we should do to make its job easier.
    • Getting and keeping an attention.
    • Making our information graphic.
    • General rules of remembering.
    • Structure as a main instrument of logic.
  • Part III Techniques of enhancing your soft-skills or “Public speaking gym”
    • Principles of training.
    • Set of exercises.
    • Personal schedule of training.

During each part you will work in groups: doing exercises, practicing new techniques.

Please be aware that the number of workshop participants is limited. You will need to register beforehand to attend the event. The registration form will be available soon.

W2: Scientific Writing and Translation: from Idea to Paper

It is a long way from idea to published paper that includes many steps. Within this training we will discuss each milestone and main factors important for successful publishing. The milestones will include analysis of idea based on available data and possible success; identification and validation of methods to generate experimental data for idea support or objection; analysis and representation of data; main steps of manuscript preparation; selection of journal and paper submission; fighting reviewers. By the end of the training session the participants have to be able to use and adopt this manual to their research.

Led by:
Oleh Lushchak
50+ papers, 1000+ citations, h index 18
Precarpathian National University

W3: Building Your Career Path

Setting up a successful career in science is a big challenge and it is extremely important to get the right advice at the right moment. On this workshop, you will hear scientific career tips from a chief OSA scientist, prof. Gregory Quarles.

Led by:
Prof. Gregory Quarles
Chief Scientist at OSA, Washington, D.C., USA

W4: Grant Proposals Writing

To be successful in science, one should have good skills of grants hunting and winning. What can make our proposal more competitive? How to provide complete information, but still remain concise? How not to lose your self-esteem while receiving rejections? On this workshop, you will get advice from a DAAD representative, who knows grant applications from the point of view of the grantor.

Led by:
Dr. phil. Michael Beck
DAAD Lecturer, Lviv National University

W5: European Union Funding for Research and Innovation Possibilities

European Commission provides funds for several societal challenges within Horizon 2020. This workshop will show the different programs focusing on the excellent science ones: European Research Council, Future and Emerging Technologies, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and research infrastructures. The workshop will explore the requirements and constrains, documentation and evaluation process, and also some practical cases in the societal challenge "Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy". Audience will know after who can apply, when and how in each particular case.

Led by:
Dr. Carlos Roncero-Clemente
University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain

W6: NATO Grants

An experienced NATO grant holder will share with you the advantages and peculiarities of NATO grants, financial and organizational issues. Don't miss it!

Led by:
Aleksey Kovorotniy
O. Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics

The INTERACTIVE LECTURES, in addition to workshops, are planned for YSF-2017 paricipants.

L1: Public Speaking

The interactive lecture will cover such topics as: why is it so important for scientists to share their achievements with the world and what is the place of public speaking skills in that process? what are the most common problems that scientists face during their speeches and presentations? how can we deal with those problems using systematic approach? five steps that you need to do in order to get better is public speaking. what can you achieve with public speaking that you can’t achieve without them?

Unlike the workshop, the lecture is open to all the YSF-2017 participants.

Time: 12:00 Tue, Oct 17

David Kuptsov
"Polygon Oratora" creator and leader

L2: Phased Antenna Arrays Features on the Example of Low-Frequency Radio Astronomical Signals

In papers, conference presentations, scientific reports we usually see the results of data processing, but in radio astronomy data means signals of extraterrestrial origin and lots of artificial and natural interference signals from our planet and its surroundings. Usually, we use dynamic spectra to visualize the strongest signals and interference level. Ukraine has a network of low-frequency radio telescopes of different sizes and some of them can operate in various configurations. The dynamic spectra of Solar and Jovian emission can be of interest themselves but the spectra of signals received at these telescopes are a perfect illustration of phased antenna array features, such as directivity pattern and effective area. The extraterrestrial radio emissions coming from sky and interference coming from directions near horizon make good test signals for antennas. On these examples, we will see why large and dense antenna arrays are really better than the small ones for particular applications, but small arrays and even single array element can still be of use for radio astronomy. Doing radio observations at low-frequencies is very challenging due to many factors, but this makes the illustrations more evident.

Time: 12:15 Thu, Oct 19

Serge Yerin
Institute of Radio Astronomy NASU

CS oriented workshop "Microscope, Money and Two Useful Nails"

This workshop is sort of an experiment. We all know that in modern world scientists can serve in consulting. For example, movies like “Interstellar” and many others used scientist’s expertise. Is something like that possible in Ukraine? Do we have any expertise that can be used outside the field? Or we need to learn something? Are there any skills that make us valuable to the society? Or maybe we are just overqualified? To check it we plan to have the following setup. Six brave young scientists (preliminary picked) will meet with IT guys in a modern IT center Ukrainian Catholic University to present their expertise and find out whether they already have something for R&D IT departments or they need to learn something new (again). Are there any companies working on the interface of high-tech and IT? Do they want to try something new where scientists can be of a help? If yes, what that could be?

Are you curious how it will look like? Join this experiment on Oct 21, 2017 to stay up to date with modern trends!

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Important Dates

3 April 2017
Registration and submission opening

25 June 2017
Deadline for on-line registration and paper submission

9 July 2017
Extended deadline for on-line registration and paper submission

21 July 2017
Deadline for travel grant application

21 Aug 2017
Notification of acceptance

4 Sept 2017
Travel support notification

10 Sept 2017
Deadline for submission of final papers

17-20 Oct 2017
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