Early Career Scientists Symposium 2020

Oct 26. till Oct 30.

Early Career Scientists Symposium

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

26/10/20202020-10-26 - 30/10/20202020-10-30
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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.

To help junior scientists understand more about options, opportunities and career paths in science, the Postdoc committee at Diamond Light Source is delighted to announce the Early Career Scientist Symposium, which will be held online, from 26th to 30th October 2020.

The event will feature a number of speakers from a very diverse range of science careers, who will discuss their experiences and share advice on finding the best job opportunities. There will be also Q&A sessions providing an opportunity to discuss topics directly with the speakers. Despite the event being held online, there will be aslo a number of relaxed networking opportunities: over a cup of tea, during a virtual dinner, or while taking part in our quiz night!

Participants from previous editions of the event were always very impressed with the open and frank way speakers described difficulties they have had and how they overcame them. 

A few comments 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-minded event. I hope there will be more to come!”

Registration & other details

Registration for the Early Career Scientists Symposium 2020 is now CLOSED

There is no fee to attend this online symposium, but registration is mandatory. Spaces are limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Once registered, all final details (including the final agenda and further info about the speakers) will be sent to you via email, a few days ahead the event.

As the event is taking place virtually, you will need access to an online device such as a laptop, computer or iPad. To help with interaction, it is also encouraged to have a working webcam and microphone (if not already built in to your online device). To aid with networking, we will set up a seperate virtual room for the breaks in which you can see and chat to attendees and speakers over a tea or coffee from the comfort of your own home! 

If you have any queries at all, please contact the Diamond Events team.


Please click here to view our finalised Symposium booklet. A list of our speakers is also below:

  • Laurent Chapon: Director of Physical Sciences at Diamond Light Source (UK)
  • Elspeth Garman: Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Oxford and former President of the British Crystallographic Association (UK)
  • Angelo Di Bernardo: Group Leader at the Department of Physics of the University of Konstanz (Germany)
  • Helen Blade: Associate Principal Scientist in Structural Science at Astra Zeneca (UK)
  • Tabata Amaral: Brazilian Politician, Congresswoman and Education Activist (Brazil)
  • Matts Bjork: Scientist at FOI (Sweden)
  • Eleanor Schofield: Head of Conservation & Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust and Professor at the University of Kent (UK)
  • Iztok Arčon: Professor in the field of Physics at the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
  • Kay Reynolds: Organisational Development Manager at Diamond Light Source (UK)

Provisional agenda

Monday 26th October 10:00 10:10 Welcome
10:10 10:45 Talk 1
10:50 12:00 1 to 1 Networking session
14:00 14:35 Talk 2
14:40 16:00 Group Networking Session
Tuesday 27th October 10:00 10:35 Talk 3
10:40 12:00 1 to 1 Networking session
14:00 14:35 Talk 4
18:00 19:00 Social Evening
Wednesday 28th October 10:00 10:35 Talk 5
10:40 12:00 1 to 1 Networking session
14:00 14:35 Talk 6
TBC Discover Diamond Light Source
Thursday 29th October 10:00 10:35 Talk 7
10:35 12:00 1 to 1 Networking session
14:00 14:35 Talk 8
14:35 15:00 Talk 9
15:00 16:00 Group Networking Session
Friday 30th October 14:00 14:15 Summary of the week
14:15 14:45 Round table discussion
14:45 15:30 Speakers Q&A

Event organised by:

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