Shaping Postdoc Culture · The second National Postdoc Conference · 13th September 2019 · Queen Mary University of London

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Programme outline

09:15-10:00 Arrival, registration, coffee and networking Bancroft Building Foyer
10:00-10:15 Welcome Address
Speaker: Dr Sarah Jasim
Postdoctoral researcher, University College London
Mason Lecture Theatre
(entrance from ground and first floors)
10:15-10:45 Keynote Address
Dr David McAllister
Associate director - Research and Innovation Talent
UK Research and Innovation - BBSRC
Mason Lecture Theatre
(entrance from ground and first floors)
10:45-12:15 Panel Discussion: Career Progression for Postdocs
Chaired by Dr Jemima Ho
Postdoctoral researcher, King's College London
Panel:
  • Dr David McAllister (Associate Director - Research and Innovation Talent, BBSRC)
  • Dr Candy Hassall (Head of Researcher Affairs, Wellcome Trust)
  • Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions Ltd)
  • Tinu Cornish (CPsychol, Director Sea-Change Consultancy)
  • David Payne (Chief Careers Editor, Springer Nature)
  • Samyukta Mukhopadhyay (Civil Service Fast Stream)
Mason Lecture Theatre
(entrance from ground and first floors)
12:15-13:30 Lunch, Networking and Vendors' Fair Bancroft Building Foyer
13:30-14:30 Breakout session 1
See below for details of individual sessions
Bancroft rooms (see below for locations)
14:30-15:00 Coffee & tea break, Networking and Vendors' Fair Bancroft Building Foyer
15:00-16:00 Breakout session 2
See below for details of individual sessions
Bancroft rooms (see below for locations)
16:00-17:00 Closing plenary address and wrap up
Speaker: Dr Joshua Kaggie
Postdoctoral researcher, Cambridge University
Mason Lecture Theatre
(entrance from ground and first floors)
18:00 Off campus social event The Rusty Bike pub
588 Mile End Rd, E3 4PH



Breakout sessions

Session 1: Postdoctoral Career Progression: How and when to move on to the next step?
  • Highly trained talent retention
  • PhD students vs Postdoctoral Researcher investment in Higher Education institutions - how does this impact postdoc career progression?
Led by Emma Williams Mason Lecture Theatre
(entrance from ground and first floors)
Session 2: Personal and Career Development for Researchers
  • How do things like the new Concordat support this?
Led by Kathy Barrett, with David McAllister Bancroft 3.26
Session 3: An Inclusive and Diverse Research Environment: How can this be achieved?
  • Are our current strategies enough to create the inclusive future we need?
Led by Amy Birch, with Tinu Cornish Bancroft 3.40
Session 4: Collaboration and Mobility beyond the HE sector
  • Industry partnerships with academia
  • How to move on from HE to other sectors (policy, industry, communications, consulting
  • Dispelling the notion of an "institutionalised researcher"
Led by Tracy Bussoli, with Andrew Hines Bancroft 1.15
Session 5: The Postdoc Funding Landscape: Fellowships, independence and success
  • Funding options that will help drive a postdoc's independence and career beyond the traditional fellowship routes
Led by Liz Simmonds, with Candy Hassall and Ken Emond David Sizer Lecture Theatre
(ground floor)
Session 6: Portfolio Career or Holding Pattern: moving on from short-term teaching and research contracts, or making them work for you Led by Donald Lush Bancroft 4.04