The ECTS Academy members are organising special sessions where young researchers will find opportunities to learn and network with experts and other young researchers.

You can find here an overview of activities organised by the ECTS Academy for our new investigators, future leaders and everyone with an interest.  Programme details can be find at 


The ECTS Academy represents the most talented PostDoc researchers and clinicians in the musculoskeletal field in Europe and is aimed at strengthening the future of musculoskeletal research by attracting top scientists and assisting them in setting up their research network. 

Working Group 3, Practical session Statistical Computing: Learning How to Handle R, Friday 15 May

R is an open-source, freely accessible language and environment for statistical computing and graphics, which is easily extended by the creations of new functions and packages by users worldwide. The generous contributions of R users globally have resulted in an environment with applications for statistical analysis, data/text mining, demographics, ecological/evolutionary algorithms, machine learning, to count just some. R as many other languages has a steep learning curve, reason why in this workshop we will mainly focus on the first steps when confronted to an R session (loading data, packages, functions) and simple statistical analyses (summaries, linear, regressions, plotting)

At the same time, we will provide a more advanced hands-on guides for non-beginner users so that they can follow these guides are their own pace and if needed receive guidance by the tutors during the workshop session. Although the topic for these specific guides have not been selected, topics as GWAS and post-GWAS analyses or RNA-seq will be preferred.

Participants need to bring their own laptop – no laptops provided.

Working Group on Mammalian Models, Friday 15 May

Following the great success of previous years, the ECTS Academy Working Group on Animal Models in Bone Research will be targeted on Bone and Metabolism and Bone Marrow Adiposity. We encourage all delegates to attend these working groups as the advice given by the experts is truly invaluable and will help with future experimental design.

To ensure open discussions and interactivity, the spaces for our working group meetings are limited and require an additional registration. Don’t miss the opportunity and register now!

Next Gen Synergy Session, Friday 15 May

h this program, we aim to synergize and establish long lasting collaborations between the next generation investigators of various societies and provide a broad perspective of what is going on in bone research all over the world. New Investigator representatives from different parts of the world will be invited to share recent developments in the bone field in their part of the world. Therefore, if you want to know what is going on in musculoskeletal research worldwide, join the ECTS Academy Session.

Beyond Europe, the ECTS Academy is eager to expand their contacts and engage with other young Investigators around the world. As part of this initiative a program was developed with young investigator representatives of different international societies of musculoskeletal research. The program was launched at ECTS 2018 in Valencia and it is now at its 3rd year.  In this session, young investigator representatives shortly present their society and young investigator activities within the society and the latest musculoskeletal research going on in their country.

New Investigators Mentoring Session, Sunday 17 May

Maybe you are at a point in your career when you have to make a decision, be it a personal or a professional one. Our mentors are happy to share the pros and cons of the decisions they have made throughout their career. Join the NI mentoring session to explore the options that a career in science may offer.

The ECTS 2020 conference in Marseille is shaping to be an exciting one, we hope to see you there, as enthusiastic as we are!

Charity Event, Sunday 17 May

The ECTS conference is also a place to meet friends and colleagues. So, join us at the Charity event with an informal get together.

New Investigators Seminar, Monday 18 May

Outstanding abstracts will be selected by the Academy members to be presented among your peers, in a session mostly full of Junior scientists/clinicians. In this way, we provide a more relaxed environment not only for those presenting, but also for asking questions and engage in the debate. We will also provide poster tours to a few selected posters.