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February 2018

Mon 26
CP7 Careers in Publishing new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Many chemists will have already been involved with scientific publishers through submitting journal articles, using databases or reading textbooks. In this session, Helen will give an introduction to the diverse careers in scientific publishing that are available to chemistry graduates and discuss what life is like on the other side of the computer screen.

Wed 28
CP13 Science Policy Development & Government new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

How do Government and Parliament make decisions? What can you do to make sure that the decisions that are made are sensible, and take account of the evidence available? In this session, Julian will discuss the mechanisms that are available to input into policy making, whether you want to do this as a full time career or just provide occasional advice.

March 2018

Fri 2
CP14 Careers in the Service Industry new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Todd-Hamied

RSSL is a contract analytical sciences company serving the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Having Mondelēz International as a parent company means that a portion of the work involves fascinating products such as Cadburys chocolate and Philadelphia cream cheese. In this session the presenter will explain the work of a contract analytical company through the lens of RSSL and explain how analytical chemistry adds intellectual and financial value to organisations.

Mon 5
CP17 Working in Industry: Discovery & Development new [Places] 12:30 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Explore the many and varied career options in industry for chemical professionals. You'll not only learn about bench chemists, but also chemists who work in management, patent law, regulatory affairs, technology transfer, technical communications, and information science. You'll discover the best way to find jobs in industry and manage the recruitment process. Finally, this lecture will offer some valuable tips for making your first year on the job in industry a great one.

CP17 Marketing your Brand new [Places] 14:30 - 15:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

You'll discover the best way to find jobs in industry and receive some valuable tips for writing a winning resume / CV / cover letter and acing a job interview. Bring your CV along to this interactive session where Drs. Chorghade and Scott will give general pointers about CV writing and marketing yourself. It will be possible to ask questions as a group as a prelude to the individual sessions which will follow later in the day.

CP17 Individual CV Advice Appointments new [Places] 15:30 - 18:00 U203

Drs. Chorghade and Scott will make themselves available for individual discussions regarding your CVs and aim to help you produce a good CV or even tailor what you have towards the job you are interested in applying for. Please book to register your interest, individual appointments will be made when we have an idea of how many people will require them.

Tue 6

If you have an interest in becoming a process chemist, this session will be of interest to you. Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs) represent an exciting new class of therapeutics, combining a tumour targeting antibody with a cell-killing cytotoxic drug (Payload). Payloads are typically highly complex natural products prepared using lengthy and challenging synthetic routes. This talk provides background on ADCs and the types of payloads used in these molecule, then focusses on the Process Chemistry work completed on the development and scale-up of AstraZeneca’s Tubulysin payloads.

Fri 9
CP12 Oil & Chemical Spill Response new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 Todd-Hamied

ITOPF is a not-for-profit marine ship pollution response advisory service providing impartial advice worldwide on effective response to spills of oil & chemicals. Annabelle is sent across the world to advise people on how to clean any oil or chemical spill occurring at sea. She also advises on pollution damage caused by spills (environmental and economic) and assesses the technical merits of claims for compensation. She will explain the wide variety of backgrounds of people working in this industry and their role in an incident.

FS15 Creating Publication Quality Figures: Images & Media new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

The first half of this session will cover an overview of Raytracing versus 3D Modelling, an introduction to the free Raytracing programme Povray, running Povray (command line options). Making and manipulating simple shapes, camera tricks (depth of field, angle of view) and using other software to generate Povray input (e.g. Jmol)

The second half of the session is an introduction to 3D modelling and animation using the open source programme Blender. This will cover the installation and customisation of the Blender interface for use with chemical models, how to import chemical structures from Jmol and the protein data base (PDB), the basics of 3D modelling, and an introduction to Key-frame animation.

No previous experience with either 3D modelling or animation is required.

Mon 12
CP8 Patent Law new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Todd-Hamied

In this session, Freija and Eleanor will give an introduction to patents and the patent application process. They will discuss the role patents have in protecting chemical inventions and hindering the exploitation of certain products, and they will introduce some of the concepts that are of particular importance to those working with patents, including novelty and inventiveness. Eleanor and Freija will also discuss the career options that are available to chemists wishing to work in patent law.

Tue 13
FS12 Managing Your Relationship with Your Supervisor [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Todd-Hamied

The relationship between a PhD student and their supervisor can be one of the most important relationships in a scientist’s career. This session will discuss what makes a successful relationship and how to manage any difficulties that might arise.

Wed 14
FS22 The Pressland Fund: Bursaries for Language Study Abroad for Chemists new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This session will provide information on the Language Centre’s Pressland Bursary for Scientists. This fund offers you the chance to take a short intensive language course abroad for up to 4 weeks over the summer vacation. After discussing the bursary, the session will offer pointers on the various factors involved in choosing a course. With the plethora of language schools advertised online, it aims to help you towards finding the one that suits you best.

Emma Furuta is the Language Adviser from the University Language Centre. She advises on language learning strategies, and also more broadly on opportunities to learn languages within Cambridge and beyond. Administered by the Language Centre, the AJ Pressland Fund offers bursaries of up to £1,000 to support language study abroad for students within the Schools of Biological Science, Clinical Medicine, Physical Science and Technology.

Thu 15
FS15 Creating Publication Quality Figures: Plotting Data new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This 1 hour lecture will take a tour through the pitfalls of plotting and point the path towards better figures! We will cover the common mistakes and general principles of plotting various types of data including time-series, statistical and geospatial. We will conclude with pointers towards making better graphics and review graphic producing software.

Fri 16
FS11 Scientific Writing: From Pain to Pleasure [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Much of scientific knowledge and information is communicated in written form, be it via journal publications, theses or in other media. However, scientific writing differs from other styles of writing quite significantly, with regard to structure, grammar and word choice. This lecture will outline the basics of what to consider when 'writing science', in order to smoothen the path to your first peer-reviewed publication, as well as your later thesis.

Mon 19
IS3 Research Information Skills for Graduate Students [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This compulsory course will equip you with the skills required to manage the research information you will need to gather throughout your graduate course, as well as the publications you will produce yourself. It will also help you enhance your online research profile and measure the impact of research.

Tue 20
Professional & Career Development Support Session for all staff new [Places] 12:00 - 12:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This short session is open to all staff and aims to support individuals to consider and plan their professional and career development. It will include what support and information is available from PPD and others in the University. There will be time for individuals to speak to the PPD team over a buffet lunch between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

Wed 21
FS3 Integrity and Ethics in Research [Places] 09:30 - 11:30 Todd-Hamied

A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research. This session will provide an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of researchers at the University, publication ethics and research integrity. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

There are three sessions running, you need attend only one.

Fri 23

This compulsory session introduces Research Data Management (RDM) to Chemistry PhD students. It is highly interactive and utilises practical activities throughout.

Key topics covered are:

  • Research Data Management (RDM) - what it is and what problems can occur with managing and sharing your data.
  • Data backup and file sharing - possible consequences of not backing up your data, strategies for backing up your data and sharing your data safely.
  • Data organisation - how to organise your files and folders, what is best practice.
  • Data sharing - obstacles to sharing your data, benefits and importance of sharing your data, the funder policy landscape, resources available in the University to help you share your data.
  • Data management planning - creating a roadmap for how not to get lost in your data!

Lunch and refreshments are included for this course

April 2018

Wed 11

Are you a post-doc (or a PI) at Chemistry applying for grants? Do you need to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) as part of your grant application but don't know how? Are you a post-doc (or PI) who is just interested in learning about writing data management plans? If so, this session is for you.

You will increasingly be required to write a DMP as part of your grant applications, but it is also useful to write one whenever you begin a research project, to help you plan how to manage your data effectively from the start.

During this session you will learn everything you need to know about data management plans:

  • What they are
  • Why they are suddenly required as part of grant applications
  • What to include in data management plans
  • Tools to help writing data management plans
  • See example data management plans

Refreshments will be provided (tea, coffee, and biscuits).

Thu 19

The main aim of giving a presentation to the public or a science venue is to present information in a way that the audience will remember at a later time. There are several ways in which we can improve this type of impact with an audience. This interactive lecture explores some of those mechanisms.

FS16 First Year Report Submission and the viva Experience for Chemists [Places] 15:00 - 16:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Submission of the first year report can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being assessed by academic staff. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who went through the first year exam in 2016, as well as members of academic staff who carry out first year vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives.

For FS17 PhD Thesis Submission and the viva Experience:

For FS18 MPhil Thesis Submission and the viva Experience:

May 2018

Tue 1
IS1 Chemistry Library Orientation [Places] 14:15 - 14:45 Library

This is a compulsory session which introduces new graduate students to the Department of Chemistry Library and its place within the wider Cambridge University Library system. It provides general information on what is available, where it is, and how to get it. Print and online resources are included.

You must choose one session out of the 9 sessions available.

Thu 24
FS1 Successful Completion of a Research Degree & FS2 Dignity@Study [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

FS1 - Successful Completion of a Research Degree An hour devoted to a discussion of how to plan your time effectively on a day to day basis, how to produce a dissertation/thesis (from first year report to MPhil to PhD) and the essential requirements of an experimental section.

FS2 - Dignity@Study The University of Cambridge is committed to protecting the dignity of staff, students, visitors to the University, and all members of the University community in their work and their interactions with others. The University expects all members of the University community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times. All members of the University community have the right to expect professional behaviour from others, and a corresponding responsibility to behave professionally towards others. Nick will explore what this means for graduate students in this Department and the session will conclude with tea/coffee and biscuits, in order to provide an opportunity to ask questions more informally.

This is a compulsory session for 1st year post-graduates.

Fri 25
FS4 Unconscious Bias [Places] 13:00 - 14:30 Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Unconscious Bias refers to the biases we hold that are not in our conscious control. Research shows that these biases can adversely affect key decisions in the workplace. The session will enable you to work towards reducing the effects of unconscious bias for yourself and within your organisation. Using examples that you will be able to relate to, we help you to explore the link between implicit bias and the impact on the organisation. The overall aim of the session is to provide participants with an understanding of the nature of Unconscious Bias and how it impacts on individual and group attitudes, behaviours and decision-making processes.