“GAME OF FUNDINGS: A TALE OF SEEK AND F(O)UND” was the theme of the VI Workshop of Career Development of APECS Portugal. This year’s event took place at the very old and beautiful University of Évora, Portugal, and it was devoted to what is one of the main tasks in the life of many scientists: the search for funding!!
The morning was dedicated to traditional ways of get funding, and well as the national and international polar Institutions providing such kind of opportunities. Teresa Cabrita (Portuguese Polar Programme) and Huw Griffiths (British Antarctic Survey – attending by skype) lead us throught to the tricks and tips of funding opportunities, also providing valuable hints about the impact of human relations and career.
The afternoon focused on the less conventional but trendy methods of financing. Maria João Leão (Health Marathons/Maratonas da Saúde) and Pedro Pina (IST), introduced the participants to the exponential growth and success of fundraising and crowdfunding. Maria Leão, disclosed how involvement of society in science is currently booming, and Pedro Pina unveiled the “behind of scenes” of the great success on the 3D Antarctica project – a crowdfunding campaign to get a drone to study Antarctica.