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Tue 23 Sep 2014 – Tue 23 Feb 2016

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September 2014

Tue 23
How to Succeed in Science without Really Trying new Finished 18:00 - 20:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

This session provides valuable career advice to science postdocs from the speaker's own experience, expressed with a good deal of humour.

October 2014

Thu 23
How to Train Your P.I. new (1 of 2) Finished 18:00 - 20:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

The speaker, Professor Jane Clarke, PhD, Department of Chemistry will be giving an open and honest account of academic life in Cambridge.

Thu 30
How to Train Your P.I. new (2 of 2) Finished 13:00 - 15:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

The speaker, Professor Jane Clarke, PhD, Department of Chemistry will be giving an open and honest account of academic life in Cambridge.

November 2014

Wed 5
New Postdoc Induction Event new Finished 12:00 - 17:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Induction event for new Postdocs, with talks and exhibitions from University officers.

Mon 24
Publishing Tips from Cambridge University Press new Finished 17:30 - 19:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

A series of discussions with Cambridge University Press. Find out about the University’s own publisher and hear first-hand how the world of publishing has changed. Be surprised by the innovative products that are being developed here in Cambridge. Meet the people leading these developments and have your opportunity to shape their plans.

A brief overview of Cambridge University Press, top tips on getting your book or journal article published, and a chance to tell us how you would like to shape publishing in the future.

December 2014

Fri 12
Ever Thought of Turning Your Research into a Business? new Finished 12:00 - 13:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Postdocs are invited to an interactive and engaging discussion with the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. This is a rare opportunity to have a conversation with someone who has successfully navigated the worlds of academia and industry.

February 2015

Thu 12
Speed Dating: Research Matchmaking new Finished 17:30 - 21:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

A fun evening of networking, pizza and beer. Postdocs will quickly pitch their current research ideas to other postdocs using a “speed-dating” format, followed by networking. Express your research ideas to postdocs who might be from outside of your field and potentially forge new interdisciplinary collaborations! The Head of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will provide information on funding for interdisciplinary research.

Tue 17
Royal Society Funding new Finished 12:30 - 15:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellows (DHFs), will discuss their experience with the Royal Society’s funding schemes.

This talk will be relevant to final-year PhD students and researchers from postdoctoral level upwards working in life and physical sciences (excluding clinical medicine) and engineering. The presentation will cover Early Career Fellowship schemes, Senior Fellowship schemes, Innovation schemes, Research Capacity/Infrastructure schemes, and Collaboration and Travel schemes.

March 2015

Thu 5
Twitter for Early Career Researchers new Finished 12:00 - 14:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

This workshop, facilitated by the Faculty of Education’s Library Team, will take you from the basics to best practice, while offering advice and support. The team will demonstrate how to navigate the conversations and interactions that are developing within and linking the academic community. These connections are not just among individuals, but also include conference and event pages, journals, institutes and research bodies.

Wed 11
Online Tools for Researchers new Finished 12:30 - 14:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

This seminar, facilitated by the Head of Research Information at the Research Strategy Office, outlines online tools that can be used to enhance networking and online presence. The software overview includes Symplectic Elements (a publication retrieval tool and Research Information Management System), Altmetrics (a social media analysis tool) and Research Professional (a funding information database).

April 2015

Thu 16
Industry Forum with GSK new (1 of 2) Finished 16:30 - 20:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

GSK, the science-led global healthcare company, is running a forum for networking and sharing information about what unique skills postdocs have, by virtue of their roles, and how these are mutually beneficial.

Tue 21
Industry Forum with GSK new (2 of 2) Finished 16:30 - 20:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

GSK, the science-led global healthcare company, is running a forum for networking and sharing information about what unique skills postdocs have, by virtue of their roles, and how these are mutually beneficial.

Wed 22
Getting Connected: For Researchers in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, S2

An official welcome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA), there will be a brief interactive presentations from the Careers Service and Personal and Professional Development (PPD) whose principal role is to support the University's research staff.

Tue 28
Psychology Course for Postdocs new Finished 18:00 - 20:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Philip Guildford, Director of Research for the Department of Engineering will offer a unique perspective on the life of postdocs during this engaging interactive session.

May 2015

Thu 7
Q&A Session with Cambridge Enterprise new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Cambridge Enterprise

Getting Yourself Out There: Engagement, Communication and Impact new Finished 18:00 - 19:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Introductory forum on Impact, specifically user engagement, focused on enhancing awareness of media relations, public engagement and policy engagement.

June 2015

Tue 30
How to Train Your P.I. new (1 of 2) Finished 12:00 - 14:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Professor John Todd will be giving an open and honest account of academic life in Cambridge.

How to Train Your P.I. new (2 of 2) Finished 18:00 - 20:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Professor John Todd will be giving an open and honest account of academic life in Cambridge.

November 2015

Fri 6
How to train your P.I. new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

Postdoctoral Researchers are typically employed on relatively short-term contracts, and are funded by so-called 'soft money' to carry out a specific project for a PI. This creates an immediate tension. The specific project will have research objectives and deliverables that must be met to satisfy whoever is funding the work, and the PI will be assessed on whether these goals have been met. However, a postdoctoral researcher will often have their own research interests and also career objectives. A really successful postdoctoral project is one in which everyone's goals are met. The talk will cover a little about Dr Flewitt's own experience of this process from the perspective of both sides and try and draw out some general thoughts for discussion.

February 2016

Wed 10
Getting Connected: For Researchers in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) new Finished 12:00 - 14:30 Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities - S3

An official welcome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA), there will be a brief interactive presentations from the OPdA, Careers Service and Personal and Professional Development (PPD) whose principal role is to support the University's research staff.

Tue 23
Getting Connected: For Researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) new (1 of 2) Finished 09:00 - 12:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

An official welcome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA). This event consists of two sessions so as to give postdocs an opportunity of attending either a morning OR an afternoon session as best suits. Both sessions will include brief interactive presentations from the OPdA, Careers Service and Personal and Professional Development (PPD) whose principal role is to support the University's research staff.

Getting Connected: For Researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) new (2 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane

An official welcome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA). This event consists of two sessions so as to give postdocs an opportunity of attending either a morning OR an afternoon session as best suits. Both sessions will include brief interactive presentations from the OPdA, Careers Service and Personal and Professional Development (PPD) whose principal role is to support the University's research staff.