Besides my research, I have been involved in a series of volunteering initiatives, which focus on political, cultural, social and scientific activities.
I was Vice President Membership of the Greater New Haven TM club(2021-2022), from Toastmasters International. TM is an organization that promotes public speaking training in a supportive learn-by-doing environment, where participants organize meetings and practice their communication skills to become confident public speakers and strong leaders. Toastmasters is present all over the world, and their activities are run by volunteers of different ages, genders, nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Yale Postdoctoral Association
In 2021 I was one of the Co-Chairs of the Yale Postdoctoral Association (YPA), an association composed of Yale Postdocs from across disciplines. The YPA aims to create a broad sense of community and engagement among postdocs at Yale. I jointed the YPA in 2019, as a Communications Manager, and soon after I switched to a Coordinator role, working together with a team of postdocs to manage the communication platforms of this association, which includes: Webpage, Facebook, Twitter, and Newsletter.
In 2021 I was mentor in ‘Iniciativa Proxima’, a Yale program which aims to support talented young Brazilian scientists in developing their skills to pursue a career in biological and biomedical sciences, and connect them with with outstanding researchers from around the world, promoting world-class training and creating an environment that fosters scientific discussions and high-quality science. By menas of these activities, Inicitiva Proxima leverages the power of science and education as a driver of social change.
I was the Executive Director 2016-2017 of the ABEP-UK (Association of Brazilian Postgraduate Students and Researchers in the United Kingdom), a volunteer-led organization acting nationwide in the UK since 1980. Its mission is to represent and connect Brazilian Students and Researchers. At ABEP-UK I had a chance to represent its members in oficial events at embassies and academic institutions, I coordinated a student survey involving 200+ participants, and organized an conference in 2017.
Latin American Society
From 2016-2017 I was the Vice-President of the Imperial College Latin American Society (Lat-Imperial), a student-led association of Latin Americans at Imperial. It acts as a liaison between students and the Imperial College Administration, playing an important role at networking students and academic staff, and promoting the Latin American Culture. As an officer, I organized a series of social meetings, informal talks, and a symposium with leading Latin American researchers in the UK.
Imperial College Brazil Forum
From 2017-2018 I was a student representative at the Imperial College Brazil Forum, a network of Brazilian Academics, Students and Alumni from Imperial College. It was founded in 2011, and since then has been fostering networking, colaborations and partnerships among Brazilian and international researchers/institutions interested on establishing connections with Brazil. As a student representative I organized events of interest to students not only from Imperial, but from other universities in London.
During my PhD I got involved in Science Communication activities for kids and adults. I worked as a volunteer at Native Scientist, an NGO that promotes Science outreach to kids from migrant communities, aiming to inspire ethnic minority pupils to pursue higher education. I took part as a speaker and as an attendee at PubhD, an initiave that provides PhD students an opportunity to talk about their research in an informal atmosphere (a Pub), to a diverse audience, in a jargon-free style.