Professor Steve Wooding, of Cambridge University, led the workshop, which included presentations from four of the first group of Villum Experiment grant recipients. All four are well underway with their projects, and they explained how they used the Villum Experiment programme to get started with their research.
Challenges on the way
The focus of the workshop was to give this year’s recipients the chance to learn from the experiences of last year’s recipients by asking them to address questions like: What problems did I run into? What would I have done differently? and What three things would I tell someone who was interested in the programme?
After the presentations, participants were divided into small groups to continue the discussions with people with different professional backgrounds.
Villum Experiment stands apart from other funding programmes for its anonymous application process. During the workshop, participants discussed how the programme contributes to diversity amongst grant recipients. To date, the approval rating for both genders has been similar. The same is true when it comes to age and experience.