I participated in an RDA Plenary Meeting for the first time. I was just starting my adventure with Research Data Management and I was advised to go there to get connected with the community and to see what the current discussions in the field were.
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Earlier this year, I was awarded one of the RDA Europe 4.0 Early Career Researcher grants for attending the RDA 15th Plenary Meeting in Melbourne, Australia. My research focus is sex specificity of stress regulation in the brain with specific interest in connection of stress and neurodegeneration. The scientific project I currently lead, focuses on monitoring of epigenetic changes in brain memory center, upon stressful conditions.
It was my special pleasure to be one of the RDA Europe Early Career Grantees for the 15th Plenary Meeting and to get to know the RDA community at this occasion. I hope to continue to be part of RDA in the future, so in the following I would like to briefly elaborate on why RDA matters to me, what I am working on and how I perceived P15.
First of all, I would like to thank RDA Europe for this opportunity, making possible for me, as a grantee, to participate in such a globally important conference, like RDA Plenary. In this regard, I am glad to share some personal thoughts, in a specific scientific context, and among a great community which is totally engaged in progress achievement.
I have to recognize that the 15th Plenary had happened in a very particular time, the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented situation maybe for many of us, which makes it more valuable and visible at scientific level.