Daring to Dare®

Application Deadline: February 23, 2024
Start Date: April 4, 2024
Location: Online/Virtual

Daring to Dare® is a development program for women trainees in stem cell and regenerative medicine.

The application process is closed.

The career transitions of women in a research environment are far from straightforward. Many women early in their careers find themselves needing space to reflect, have conversations with peers, build confidence, and develop strategies to navigate the complexities of professional transition.

The Stem Cell Network is excited to once again engage Dr. Sandrine Soubes from Tesselle Development to deliver Daring to Dare®, a development program for women trainees in stem cell and regenerative medicine. This program consists of a series of five virtual half-day workshops between April and July 2024 with course work in between sessions.

Who should attend:
This program is for women who are SCN trainees/highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e., a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab).

Whether applicants wish to continue working in a research environment or are aiming to transition to other professional roles after a PhD/ Postdoc/Fellowship, this program is specifically designed for women wishing to take time to reflect, have deep conversations, and develop strategic approaches for career transitions.

Program objectives:
Women who participate in the Daring to Dare® program can expect to:

  • Gain clarity about the next chapter in their careers and how to navigate transitions
  • Sustain the motivation to thrive personally and professionally
  • Increase awareness and confidence to showcase skills and strengths
  • Reflect on how best to take next steps and make career-related decisions
  • Tackle challenging conversations and uncertainty
  • Learn from other women more advanced in their careers and from peers
  • Build connections and relationships with like-minded peers

To learn more about the Daring to Dare® program and read testimonials from women who have taken this unique program visit:  https://tesselledevelopment.com/daring-to-dare-for-women-in-research

Dates & Key Details

This program has a significant time commitment. Applicants will attend five virtual half-day workshops, between April and July 2024 while also completing an average of five hours of reflection work in between sessions. The dates of the workshops are as follows:

  • April 4, 2024
  • April 18, 2024
  • May 9, 2024
  • June 6, 2024
  • July 4, 2024

All workshops will run from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

A link to the online sessions will be provided to successful applicants.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application form here by 11:59 p.m. (sender’s time), February 23, 2024.
  • Provide your CV and a full letter of support from your current supervisor detailing how your attendance will benefit your professional development. Letters and CV should be e-mailed directly to SCN at trainingSCN@stemcellnetwork.ca in advance of the application deadline.
  • A confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours of SCN receiving any documents by email. If a confirmation email is NOT received from SCN within 24 hours of submission, it is the responsibility of the sender to contact SCN and ensure that documents submitted by email have been received by SCN.
  1. SCN Management and/or the SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by mid-March.
  2. Notification of acceptance for successful applicants will include a registration link for joining the online workshop sessions.


  • Applicants must be a trainee highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e. a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working on a research project in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.)
  • Non-academic applicants are welcome to apply, however academic applicants are prioritized. A $700 registration fee will apply to all non-academic applicants.
  • If you’re unsure whether you are a trainee/HQP, please email trainingSCN@stemcellnetwork.ca for confirmation.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate that they will apply the techniques learned at the course to their own stem cell research project within one year.


  • Note that participants in this course are required to use their own laptop computers, with head-set for audio and webcam for video interaction.
  • Spaces are limited for this training opportunity. SCN will cover the registration costs (paid directly to the organizers) of this workshop for applicants who attend all sessions and complete all elements of the online content within the designated period. For applicants who fail to attend all sessions or complete the course content, a fee of $700 will be charged to their supervisor to cover the costs associated with delivering this training opportunity.
  • By accepting a place on this workshop, the recipient agrees to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to their funding agencies.
  • By registering for this workshop attendees also accept to have their pictures taken during workshop and used in materials as described above.

For further information on this workshop or for application related enquiries, please contact trainingSCN@stemcellnetwork.ca

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