ESR blog

Welcome to the STACCATO ESR blog, where we bring you first-hand experiences and insights from the next generation of biopharmaceutical manufacturing experts. Join us as we take a journey through the world-class intersectoral training program funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Cure Action of Horizon 2020. Our 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are at the forefront of a revolutionary project aimed at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and leadership in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing science.

My life as a PhD student in Ireland

Three years of PhD research in single-cell multi-omics leads to reflection and growth for ESR1 of the STACCATO training network.
Young researchers attend the European Society of Animal Cell Technology Meeting in Lisbon to receive feedback, explore collaborations, and establish a professional network for future opportunities.
Brian Ladd, a PhD student, is working towards curing various diseases using viruses, by manipulating the instructions in the capsid of the virus to use it for medical purposes.
A PhD student teaches an international group of 5-7 year olds in Helsinki about germs, viruses and bacteria, answering their questions and making science accessible and exciting to young learners.
A scientific researcher reflects on the usage of the term "scientist" in the context of public health measures during the pandemic and stresses the importance of considering the reproducibility of research in determining the credibility of science.
Kelly Blust shares her love for Sweden, including walks with her dog in the Swedish landscape and swimming in the sea during summer, as well as cross-country skiing in the north where she's been lucky enough to spot reindeers.
A recent master's graduate from Iran moves to Frankfurt, Germany to join the STACCATO European Industrial Doctorates programme, where they work in the field of immunotherapy.
Niklaus recounts his decision to apply for a position as an Early Stage Researcher in the STACCATO European Industrial Doctorate program, inspired by the opportunity to experience something new, the exciting research topic, and the attractive location near the sea.
STACCATO is an initiative funded by the EU’s prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme.
James recounts hie experience moving to Helsinki, Finland and embracing the culture, despite initial misconceptions and cultural differences, and has since become a supporter and advocate for the country, seeing it as a leader in social welfare, education, and equality.