Early Career Scientists Symposium

Oct 01. till Oct 01.

Early Career Scientists Symposium

An opportunity for Early Career Scientists to hear from speakers from a diverse range of career paths.

01/10/20182018-10-01 - 01/10/20182018-10-01
Diamond House, Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire
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Early career scientists have developed a wealth of both generic and specialist skills opening a large number of possible career paths both within and beyond academic research. One of the problems that most PhD students, postdocs and other early career scientists find however is a significant lack of careers advice about the breadth of opportunities open to them both within academia and in commercial industry.

The postdoc committee at Diamond Light Source has organised this careers symposium on the 1st October with speakers from a diverse range of career paths, who will discuss their careers and give their advice on finding the best opportunities. There will also be panel sessions to discuss different careers areas as well as a career fair over lunch and some relaxed networking opportunities with a glass of wine and dinner in the evening.

This event follows the same schedule as last year’s highly successful and well received Early Career Scientists Symposium. Participants from last year were impressed with the open and frank way speakers described difficulties they have had and how they overcame them and left more certain of the career choices.

The following comments are drawn from discussions at last year’s event:
“It’s very important to find something you’re actually, really excited to do.”
“Careers should be planned, but not rigidly.”
“Ask yourself whether you are good/hungry enough to pursue an academic career”
“It was good to learn of the varied nature of people’s career paths.”
“It was a very rich and open-minding event. I hope there will be more to come!”

Provisional programme

Monday 1st October
09:30 - 09:45 Coffee & introduction       
09:45 - 13:00 Morning talks
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch & careers fair
14:30 - 16:00 Panel discussion sessions
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:45 Plenary talks
17:45 Networking, drinks and dinner



Alan Soper – Research Scientist STFC
Phil Avery – CEO, Navtech Radar
Tim Rudd – Group Manager NMR (Principal Scientist) at NIBSC
Katherine Dobson – NERC Independent Research Fellow, Durham
Bhoopesh Mishra – University Academic Fellow, Leeds
Zoe Budrikis - Editor, Springer Nature



The symposium is free to attend, but we do require a registration via the link below:
Registration will close on the 26th September. 
If you have any questions please contact: events@diamond.ac.uk

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