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How do I organise a scientific cooperation? Who can help me with my specific research question? What role does standardisation play in health data? How can the BIH Core Units support my project? How can and do we want to collaborate at the BIH? These and many other questions were discussed at the BIH internal scientific symposium "Sparking Collaborations in Health Research" on 28 and 29 September in Teltow.

Over 250 participants took advantage of the opportunity to network, present their own research results, learn about the BIH's wide range of services or discuss questions on specific translational topics.

In addition to the traditional research presentations presented by early carrier researchers from across BIH, this year's organising panel, consisting of volunteer young researchers from the BIH, focused on new event formats and opportunities for networking. 

In the participant-driven unconference format, for example, resarchers in the field of artificial intelligence worked out concrete communication channels to ensure a collaborative development of BIH translational AI projects. Communication was also a focus of the unconference session "Working conditions at BIH". A total of 40 participants discussed measures to improve networking among researchers and to increase diversity at the BIH.  

On the second day of the event, in addition to many exciting presentations by young researchers, workshops explored topics such as "Sex Bias in Science", communication tools and career opportunities for scientists. Additionally a lively panel discussion highlighted the key components for successful collaborations in translational BIH projects. 

During the two days of the event, research results were presented on 77 posters in a total of 3 sessions, with Rose Behncke's contribution being awarded the Best Poster prize by the symposium participants.  

We thank all supporters for the successful organisation and realisation of the event. The next symposium is already in preparation and we look forward to welcoming many BIH-researchers to the next event.