The BSGCT Early Career Development and Collaboration Subcommittee are organising a monthly series of remote sessions to promote the career development of our ECRs. The seminars are FREE to attend, and take place live and online each month. Register below to receive the streaming details.

We hope you find these sessions useful. If there are any topics that you would like to see included in future sessions then please contact the subcommittee co-chairs, Robyn Bell, Carly Bliss or Lisa McArthur, we would love to hear from you!


Transitioning to independence: A UK and US perspective

3:00pm, Monday 1st February 2021
Dr Lynda Coughlan, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Watch live on our YouTube Channel




Career Paths in Industry – Both Inside and Outside the Lab

1.00pm-2.15pm, 1st October 2020
Next Phase and OXGENE

If you are looking to move from academia into industry, it can be hard to know where to start and what career options are available. Next Phase is a life science recruitment agency, based in South East UK. They specialise in placing people in Pharmaceutical, Biotech and ATMP organisations across the UK, Europe and USA. Next Phase have helped many people to find the scientific career that is right for them, whether their ambitions are inside or outside the lab. They presented insights into different possible career paths, backed with real-life examples of people who have moved away (even if just temporarily) from academia.


Top tips on writing your early career fellowship application

11am-12.15pm (BST), 1st September 2020
Dr Candace Hassall, Head of Research Affairs, Wellcome Trust

Candy Hassall provides expert support to prospective applicants, Wellcome Trust-funded researchers and, importantly, the members of their teams. She is also working with others on the #ReimagineResearch initiative that aims to identify ways to improve research culture: for example, by redefining excellence so that it’s not just about what researchers produce, but also how they do it. She held a British Heart Foundation Basic Science Lectureship at University College London before joining Wellcome in 1996.

In this session Candy will discuss valuable tips on applying for a research fellowship, including what reviewers look for and what to expect in an interview. There? will also be opportunity to ask any questions on the application process in general.