Early Career Scientists Symposium

Oct 14. till Oct 14.

Early Career Scientists Symposium

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

14/10/20192019-10-14 - 14/10/20182018-10-14
Diamond House, Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire

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 14th October with speakers from a diverse range of career paths, who will discuss their experience and share advice on finding the best opportunities. There will be panel sessions to discuss different industry areas as well as a career fair over lunch, finishing with some relaxed networking opportunities over a glass of wine and dinner in the evening.

The event will follow a similar format to previous years editions. 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 their career choices.

The following comments are drawn from previous events:
“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!”


* Registrations for the Early Career Scientists Symposium 2019 are now CLOSED *
Access to this event is upon registration only.
There is a fee of £10 to attend which covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus various refreshments which will be provided throughout the day.
All attendees are required to cover the costs of their transport to and from Diamond.
* The Diamond Early Career Scientists Symposium is always very popular and oversubscribes quickly. Please ensure you secure your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment *
If you have any questions please contact: events@diamond.ac.uk




Early Career Scientist Symposium 2019
08:30-09:15 Coffee & Registration 
09:15-09:30 Welcome by Prof. Dave Stuart FRS (University of Oxford and Director of Life Sciences at Diamond Light Source)
09:30-10:30 Prof. Andrew Beale (University College London)
10:30-11:00 Dr. Nick Brookes (ESRF)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-11:45 Dr. Gabriel Leen (University of Limerick and PolyPico Technologies)
11:45-12:15 Dr. Patrick Salter (University of Oxford and Opsydia)
12:15-12:30 Kay Reynolds (Diamond Light Source) Great value of mentoring. Why should I have a mentor and how to find them.
12:30-14:00 Lunch and Career Fair
14:00-14:30 Scott Mowat (FMB Oxford)
14:30-15:30 Prof. Michelle Peckham (University of Leeds and Executive Honorary Secretary of the Royal Microscopical Society)
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:15 Dr. Claire Hansel (Senior Editor, nature.com)
16:15-16:45 Dr. Cecilia Sanchez - Hanke (Diamond Light Source)
16:45-18:00 Discussion panels: Carrer in Academia v. Career in Industry. How to build you career? Where to go next?
18:00-20:00 Dinner & networking

Career fair exhibitors

The Early Career Scientists Symposium 2019 is organised with the kind collaboration and participation of:









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