NTA 7 – Soft Skills for Soft Robotics


The course was addressed to reinforce the student’s skills to face their research career, from the starting of the PhD thesis to the later own’s development.


It consisted of a series of seminars and workshops given by the specialized staff of UPC, and also SSSA and UNIVER. The course covered seven different topics, dealing with technical aspects, as well as, communication and how to tackle ethical and responsibility issues. The course lasted from March 24 to April 22, 2021. Some of the seminars are part of the UPC PhD formation program, while others were specially designed for the ATLAS students to complete the planned contents. The workshop on communication held in Verona in October 2020 was also part of this formation program.


The content of the course considered aspects mainly academic-oriented and others related to how to manage oneself along the research career.  Referring to the former, the course comprises different seminars oriented to deal with how to manage scientific resources, from tools and internet searchers to find and manage information, to how to write scientific publications and how to communicate. Referring to the own’s talent, the course dealt with the management of time and social relationships, mainly to avoid discrimination. The course also focused on other ethical issues to consider in decision making.


Wednesday 24 March 2021

11:00 – 13:00    Session 1 – Scientific Publication

11:00 – 13:00    Scientific Publishing (UPC Library service)


Thursday 25 March 2021

9:00 – 10:30      Session 2 –Management, decisions and ethics along the research career

9:00 – 10:30     Ethical issues along the research career. Case studies

Ethical considerations on the use of social robots with vulnerable users (Cecilio Angulo, UPC)

Research decisions: topics, methods, social return… (Alícia Casals, UPC)


Friday 26 March 2021

9:00 – 12:30      Session 3 – Ethical and social issues along the research career

9:00 – 10:00     Data protection (Denise Amram, SSSA)

10:30 – 12:30   Intersectionality. Social discrimination. Gender, religion, ethnic, social level, disabilities, etc.   (Oriol Gines (Conexus association))



April 7 and 13 April 2021

11:30-13-30      Session 4 – Improve talent

11:30-13:30      Fundamentals of time management (Eva Gallardo, UPC)  April 7

11:30-13:30      How to effectively communicate (Eva Gallardo, UPC)        April 13



Wednesday 14 April 2021

10:00 -12-00     Session 5 – English skills

10:00-12:00      Writing and preparing your manuscript in English (Pilar Bombin, Silvia LLovera and Carmina Villar, UPC)



Thursday 22 April 2021

11:00 – 13:00    Session 6 – Information resources & services in engineering

11:00 – 13:00   Information resources and services in Engineering (Ruth Iñigo and Roser Alonso)