More than 200 young researchers participate these days in the fifth edition of the Congress and III Conference of Researchers in Training: Promoting Interdisciplinarity (JIFFI), which are held in Granada. At the inauguration, on the V Centenary, there was talk of lonelinessof enthusiasm and also of the little sense that some have when it comes to predicting the future.

The meeting was opened by the rector of the University of Granada, Pilar Aranda, who recalled that in 1977 she entered the Physiology Department of the UGR as an intern student. The director of the Department then told her that she could do her dissertation and thesis, but that at this University she would have nothing to do. In addition to telling her about her experience, she wanted to encourage young people who are entering the world of science. “I know that there is an issue that worries you, the future,” acknowledged the rector, who sent a “message of hope” to the researchers who meet at the JIFFI. “40% of the workforce is going to retire,” she recalled about the aging situation of university professors. “I’m sure you’re going to have a path there.” She also stated that there are more scholarships and more talent recruitment programs.

Andrea Velandia, from the organizing committee of the Congress, summarized the complete program of activities for these days –ends friday 24– in which those registered will share their research advances in oral communications, posters and informative sessions.

The director of the Doctorate School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Francis Contreras, highlighted for his part the value of “interdisciplinarity” and the complicity that has been achieved since the first edition of the meeting, in 2016. “The doctorate is an upward value”, he stressed. For his part, the Vice-Rector for Teaching at the UGR, Juan Manuel Martín García, mentioned that sometimes facing the preparation of a thesis, or developing a research task, implies work “that has a lot of loneliness”, but that Meetings like this allow young people who have started a career in the world of science “to sit down and have the opportunity to learn what is being done. He also reviewed the “enthusiasm” of the organizers and of the meeting itself.

This edition retrieves the face-to-face after two years of forced online format due to the pandemic, the organizers recalled. The conference highlights the round table scheduled for Wednesday ‘How to continue the research career after the doctoral thesis’, where the possibilities and opportunities after completing the thesis will be addressed and the different aids and phases within the academy will be discussed to continue the scientific career, while in second place professional options outside the scientific world will be considered.