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March 2020

Mon 30

Do you know what to look out for when choosing an Open Access publisher or a data repository?

It's important to get these decisions right to be at the forefront of the trend towards Open Research, ensuring that you build a strong profile and embrace the changes that are expected from researchers.

Practicing Open Research will help you to:

  • Be cited more often
  • Secure grants
  • Spark collaborations
  • Make your findings more reproducible

April 2020

Mon 27
What is the REF? new Not bookable 14:00 - 15:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

An introduction to REF 2021, providing an overview of the exercise and its importance to the University. Focus will be given to eligibility requirements for individual researchers and how the University aims to ensure that all eligible staff are considered during REF preparations.

What is the REF? Session for Post docs new [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

An introduction to REF 2021, providing an overview of the exercise and its importance to the University. Focus will be given to eligibility requirements for individual researchers and how the University aims to ensure that all eligible staff are considered during REF preparations.

May 2020

Mon 4
Good Practice in Research: Authorship & Publication [Places] 13:00 - 15:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Have you ever faced any issues related to authorship within your research group or making a submission to a journal?

  • Who gets to be an author?
  • How do you start a conversation on authorship with your research team?
  • What approaches can be used to resolve an authorship problem?
  • How are mistakes handled in a published paper?
  • In what circumstances will a paper be retracted from a journal?

Using case studies and group discussion, this course will explore best practice from how authorship of a paper is decided to managing the challenges that can arise when working with publishers or editors. Discussions will include ‘grey areas’, common issues and pitfalls, and you will be given the opportunity to share your experiences and perspectives.

Thu 7
Pensions Explained for Postdocs [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

In this session, you will learn about:

  • The State Pension system in the UK
  • Private Pensions in the UK
  • The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

The session will be delivered by Head of Pensions at the University of Cambridge, and there will be ample opportunity for asking questions.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Mon 18
Knowing Your Audience, Telling Stories and Why This Matters [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

People love stories. They entertain, they help us to remember. This short interactive session is aimed at researchers looking to improve the effectiveness of their communication. It will introduce the importance of working out who your audience is and what they want to know. It will also explore how storytelling is as relevant to research communication as it is to fairy tales. We all have to communicate our research and ideas, why not do it through stories?

The session will be delivered by the Academic Director for STEM, Institute of Continuing Education.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

July 2020

Wed 15
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 09:30 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

A must-attend morning with information tailored to postdocs in Cambridge, whether University-based or employed by Colleges or Research Institutions.

At this event, you will be given information about: o Your contract o Professional development & the careers service o Accommodation (including how to apply for accommodation at the new North West Cambridge development) o The postdoc community at Cambridge

and have ample opportunity to meet other postdocs and network.