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.