Postdoc matters

This blog post was written by James Lush, the Biochemical Society’s Policy Officer

The Biochemical Society is holding a careers workshop for postdoctoral researchers on December 10. Further details are available here and spaces are still available.

The event will include a workshop on ‘Effective Career Management‘, plenaries from Professor Steve Watson (a Nature award-winning PI for Creative Mentoring, 25 of whose former lab members have established independent careers in academia) and Clare Bhunnoo (Strategy and Policy Manager for Bioscience Skills and Careers at BBSRC), as well as speed networking sessions with a number of individuals who have done postdocs before becoming PIs or diversifying their careers. These include representatives from Unilever, the NIMR, the Sanger Institute, Portland Press Ltd. and several more.

The event will be held at Charles Darwin House, London WC1N 2JU on Monday 10 December from 10:30 – 17:30, following by drinks and networking. The event is free for Biochemical Society members and costs £50 for non-members. (Hint: It is cheaper to join the Society as an Early Career Member than to pay the non-members price!)

That link again – www.biochemistry.org/PostdoctoralCareersWorkshop

In other postgrad news, the Higher Education Commission recently launched their report into Postgraduate Education. We contributed to the original consultation (PDF) back in April, and were also invited to discuss the issues at a subsequent roundtable discussion. You can read about this in my article on the Society of Biology’s blog. The report, which says that “Our system of postgraduate education remains world-class, but there are a number of areas where current policy and practice is out of step with our national vision for this sector and for our economy,” has been welcomed by RCUK and HEFCE.

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