Between 09 – 16 October, all eleven MarPipe PhD students attended a secondment with ABSint in Bruges, Belgium. The majority of students in this international training network conduct scientific research and spend a large proportion of their time working in the lab. Therefore, the aim of the secondment was to familiarize participants with the non-scientific aspects of the marine biodiscovery value chain related to entrepreneurship, law and policy. In particular, training was given in terms of the following key topics:
- commercialisation of scientific results
- creation of business models and business plans
- pitching, communication and presentations
- negotiation tactics
- basics of intellectual property
- biosafety regulations
During the secondment, students worked in teams to prepare and pitch one scientific and one non-scientific business plan to the rest of the group. Overall, the PhD students gained valuable knowledge and experience in terms of how to valorise their scientific research.