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February 2020

Mon 24
Good Practice in Research: Authorship & Publication new Finished 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.

Wed 26
Postdoc Lunch @ BMC Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

Postdocs of the University of Cambridge are invited to join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for a lunchtime networking event!

You will have the opportunity to hear about the spaces and resources available while enjoying lunch with OPdA staff and fellow postdocs.

Hope to see you all there!

P.S: OPdA will be taking photos at today’s event to help promote this and other similar events. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please speak to one of OPdA members.

March 2020

Wed 4
Concordat Open Meeting new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Zoology, Main Lecture Theatre

In December 2019, the University of Cambridge officially signed the new Researcher Development Concordat. The ‘Concordat’ sets out a series of responsibilities and working practices designed to create a healthy and supportive culture for research, and to increase the appeal and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

The new Concordat is structured in to three principles: Environment & culture, employment and professional & career development. Within each principle there are obligations for institutions, managers of researchers and researchers themselves, and, for the first time, funders of research.

At this open meeting, Liz Simmonds, chair of the University’s Concordat Working Group, will present further detail about the Concordat and its likely benefits and implications, and will update on progress of the working group towards an institutional implementation plan. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Concordat will have an impact across the whole institution, and so this session will be useful for academic staff, research staff, and professional services staff who support postdocs.

Tue 10
Media Taster for Postdocs new CANCELLED 09:00 - 11:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Learn how to sell your research to the media. You will pick up some tips on best media practice and how to spark interest in your specialism.

Wed 11
Bring & Share Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Multi-function Room

Bring along your favorite/local dish to share (max. 2 portions) and enjoy all kinds of food from all around the world!

Tue 17
How to Be a Great Peer Reviewer - Everything Editors Want You to Know new Finished 15:30 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

If you have recently started peer reviewing, or are ready to get involved, the OSC invites you to this unmissable session, where you will pick up tips and best practices from PLOS, publishers of the world's largest multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal.

Thu 19
Postdoc Welcome Event CANCELLED 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.

Fri 20
Immigration Info Session for Postdocs new CANCELLED 13:00 - 15:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Following the UK government’s announcement of a ‘new’ visa route, known as the Global Talent Visa, Graeme Ross, the University’s Head of Immigration for staff members, will conduct a presentation on what this means for postdocs and how to apply for this visa. There will also be a short presentation on other relevant visa routes, such as dependant visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement, and an opportunity to ask questions about other immigration matters.

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 Finished 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 CANCELLED 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

Please note this is now a virtual session.

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.

Wed 6
Lockdown / COVID Q&A for Postdocs new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Online / Webinar

Representatives from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Human Resources, the Researcher Development Programme and the Careers Service are hosting a Zoom session to address your lockdown and coronavirus-related concerns. ​We have already been fielding questions about contract / funding extensions, life after lockdown, balancing working from home with parental duties, how to work effectively from home and many other topics, so please ask us anything that you would like to know.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we welcome your questions via slido (www.slido.com, event code #2854) between now and 6th May, as these will give us valuable insight into how our postdoc community is coping during the current situation and whether we can be providing further clarity, reassurance and support.

Thu 7
Pensions Explained for Postdocs POSTPONED 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.

Wed 13
Postdoc Welcome Event - virtual session Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Online / Webinar

A must-attend virtual session 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:

  • Your contract
  • Professional development and the Careers Service
  • How to connect to the wider postdoc community at Cambridge

You will also meet representatives from various University services who may be helpful to you while you are working in Cambridge.

Thu 14

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project.

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

Please note this session is now running as a virtual/online session. Joining instructions will be emailed closer to the time.

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.

Thu 21
Virtual COVID Q&A for Postdocs Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Online / Webinar

Representatives from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Human Resources, the Researcher Development Programme and the Careers Service are hosting another Zoom session to address your questions as the coronavirus situation continues to develop. ​We have already been fielding questions about contract / funding extensions and furlough, life after lockdown, balancing working from home with parental duties, how to work effectively from home and many other topics, so please ask us anything that you would like to know.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we welcome your questions via slido (www.slido.com, event code #E159) between now and 21st May, as these will give us valuable insight into how our postdoc community is coping during the current situation and whether we can be providing further clarity, reassurance and support.

June 2020

Thu 11
Virtual COVID Q&A for Postdocs [Places] 12:30 - 13:30 Online / Webinar

Representatives from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Human Resources, the Researcher Development Programme and the Careers Service are hosting another Zoom session to address your questions as the coronavirus situation continues to develop. ​We have already been fielding questions about contract / funding extensions and furlough, life after lockdown, balancing working from home with parental duties, how to work effectively from home and many other topics, so please ask us anything that you would like to know.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we welcome your questions via slido (www.slido.com, event code #E159) between now and 21st May, as these will give us valuable insight into how our postdoc community is coping during the current situation and whether we can be providing further clarity, reassurance and support.

Thu 25
Postdoc Welcome Event - virtual session [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Online / Webinar

A must-attend virtual session 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:

  • Your contract
  • Professional development and the Careers Service
  • How to connect to the wider postdoc community at Cambridge

You will also meet representatives from various University services who may be helpful to you while you are working in Cambridge.

July 2020

Wed 15
Postdoc Welcome Event - virtual session [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.