Early Career Scientists Symposium 2022

Dec 12. till Dec 16.

Early Career Scientists Symposium 2022

An opportunity for early career scientists to get inspired by speakers from a diverse range of career paths.

12/12/20222022-12-12 - 16/12/20222022-12-16
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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 2022, which will be held online, from Monday 12th to Friday 16th December 2022.

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. 


  • Jim Al-Khalili: Theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster
  • Ankita AnirbanSenior Editor at Nature Reviews Physics
  • Gail Bartlett: Senior Structural Bioinformatics Research Scientist at Exscientia
  • Caterina Biscari: Director of ALBA Synchrotron
  • Lorraine Bobb: Head of Diagnostics Group at Diamond Light Source
  • Jennifer Doudna: Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at Berkeley University
  • Jake Filik: Senior Software Scientist at Diamond Light Source
  • Feliciano Giustino: Professor of Physics and Chair of Quantum Materials Engineering at the University of Texas
  • Kamel Madi: CEO at 3Dmagination
  • Adrian Mancuso: Physical Science Director at Diamond Light Source
  • Fiona Marshall: President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Phil Merchant: Patent Attorney at Marks & Clerk LLP
  • Michael Moss: Careers Programme Manager at Oxford University
  • Franziska Seeger: Principal Scientist at Prescient/Genentech
  • Adrian Smith: Chief executive of the Alan Turing Institute, president of the Royal Society, chair of Diamond Light Source
  • Silvana Westbury: Project Manager at Lightsources.org

Registration & other details

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

Registration is open until Friday 9th December 2022 at 14:00 (GMT). 


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 closer to the event.

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

Provisional agenda

Monday 12th December 14:00 14:10 Welcome from the Organising Committee 
14:10 14:30 Adrian Smith
14:30 15:00 Gail Bartlett
15:00 15:30 Jake Filik
15:30 16:00 Ankita Anirban
Tuesday 13th December 10:00 10:30 Fiona Marshall
10:30 11:00 Lorraine Bobb
11:00 11:30 Kamel Madi
11:30 12:00 Adrian Mancuso
Wednesday 14th December 14:15 14:30 Jennifer Doudna
14:30 15:00 Silvana Westbury
15:00 15:30 Feliciano Giustino
15:30 16:00 Caterina Biscari
Thursday 15th December 14:00 14:30 Phil Merchant
14:30 15:00 Jim Al-Khalili
15:00 15:30 Franziska Seeger
15:30 16:30 Round Table Discussion
Friday 16th December 09:30 12:30 Michael Moss - Career Strategy Masterclass

Organising Committee

  • ​​​​​​Alex Louat
  • Charlotte Edwards-Gayle
  • Christian Orr
  • Liam Perera
  • James Le-Houx
  • Stefania Mazzorana

This event is organised by


and kindly supported by

Lightsources.org               ExPaNDS


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