Early Career Scientists Symposium 2021

Nov 08. till Nov 12.

Early Career Scientists Symposium

An opportunity for early career scientists to hear from speakers from a diverse range of career paths.

08/11/20212021-11-08 - 12/11/20212021-11-12
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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 many PhD students, postdocs and other early career scientists find is a significant lack of career 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 8th to 12th November 2021 (each day either in the morning or in the afternoon, see the agenda below for details).

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. During the Symposium, attendees will have the unique opportunity to attend a Career Management Strategy Masterclass and participate in a Q&A roundtable, providing an opportunity to discuss topics directly with the speakers. 

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!”


  • Rob Dods: Associate Director Science & Engagement at AstraZeneca
  • Stephanie Duclos: Scientist at Evotec
  • Andrew Harrison: CEO at Diamond Light Source
  • Peter Haynes: Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Head of Department of Materials at Imperial College London
  • Jessica Hutchinson: Senior Business Development Manager at Manchester BIOGEL
  • Sean Langridge: Head of the diffraction and Materials Division at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
  • Sarah Macdonnell: Head of Beamline Systems Engineering at Diamond Light Source
  • Michael Moss: Careers Programme Manager at Oxford University
  • Andrea Taroni: Chief Editor at Nature Physics
  • Tammy Taylor: Assistant Professor of Biology at Jackson State University
  • Silvana Westbury: Project Manager at Lightsources.org
  • Andreas Wiegmann: CEO and Founder of Math2Market
  • Plus more to be confirmed in due course.

Registration & other details

There is no fee to attend this online symposium, but registration is mandatory.

Registrations are open until Friday 5th November 2021 at 17:00 (GMT). Spaces are limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Once your registration is submitted and confirmed, further details (including the final agenda, link to join the event, and info about the speakers) will be sent to you via email, a few days ahead of the event.

As this event will take 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).

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

Provisional agenda

Monday 8th November 14:00 14:10 Welcome
14:10 14:50 Talk 1
14:55 15:35 Talk 2
15:40 16:20 Talk 3
Tuesday 9th November 10:00 10:40 Talk 4
10:45 11:25 Talk 5
11:30 12:10 Talk 6
Wednesday 10th November 14:00 14:40 Talk 7
14:45 15:25 Talk 8
15:30 16:10 Talk 9
Thursday 11th November  13:00 13:30 Talk 10
13:30 14:00 Talk 11
14:00 15:30 Round table discussion
Friday 12th November 09:30 12:30 Career Strategy Masterclass

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Diamond Light Source

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