The BSGCT Early Career Development and Collaboration Subcommittee are organising a 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 Rebeca Gil Garzon, we would love to hear from you!

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Thursday 9th June 2022, 10:15-11:30 BST
Emma Williams, EJW Solutions Limited

Planning a fellowship or grant proposal is difficult! Have you thought of everything? Impact? Stakeholders? Who you need as partners? This talk will highlight using a tool from the world of enterprise to illuminate the way forward for proposals.

A profession in Academia or in Industry? Is there a middle ground?

Wednesday 16th March 2022, 14:00 GMT
Anji Miller M.Sc, Ph.D, CLP, RTTP (She/Her), LifeArc

“Those who have a love for science are often led to believe that career options are limited. Through this talk I hope to open your eyes to the growing career options available and the less well-known Technology Transfer profession.” - Anji.

Anji is a technology transfer professional with more than 18 years’ experience of working with early-stage translational research. Her current role at LifeArc involves working with academic and charitable establishments to identify, cultivate, fund, and commercialise early-stage healthcare technologies, focusing on rare diseases and advance therapies. 
Anji holds an M.Sc. in Human Molecular Genetics and Ph.D in Cancer Genetics from Imperial College, as well as an M.Sc. and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a certified project manager (PRINCE2), registered technology transfer professional (RTTP) and a certified licensing professional (CLP).
Anji leads the LifeArc-AUTM Technology Transfer Training Fellowship programme. An initiative designed to train and assist scientists to become technology transfer professionals. She is also a cofounder of Global Equality, Diversity and Equality in Technology Transfer (GEDITT), an initiative with a mission to raise awareness and promote EDI in the technology transfer sector.

How to get involved in public engagement

12:00pm (BST), Thursday 29th April 2021
Renée Watson, Head of Explosions, 
The Curiosity Box
Rhoda Quist, London STEM Ambassadors Coordinator (North and East London),  STEM Learning ltd

Renée Watson, Head of Explosions, The Curiosity Box
Renée is a science communicator and entrepreneur. In 2008 she founded WATS.ON,  an association development company which works with scientific societies and associations. She has run science engagement activities in hundreds of schools and managed the Oxfordshire Science Festival, growing it to 100 events and 30,000 participants. In 2016, Renée founded The Curiosity Box, a STEM subscription box aimed at families of 4-11 year olds and state primary schools.

Rhoda Quist, London STEM Ambassadors Coordinator (North and East London),  STEM Learning ltd
STEM Learning are committed to STEM education. They deliver teacher CPD (continuing professional development) in STEM subjects, bring STEM role models into schools as part of the STEM Ambassador Programme and providing bespoke, long-term support for groups of schools in collaboration with companies through their ENTHUSE Partnerships. Their aim is to provide a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK.

Technology Transfer: Protecting and commercialising the outcomes of your research

13:00-14:15, Monday 8th November 2021
Rhian North, Research and Innovation Services, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University

Rhian is a Technology Transfer Project Officer working to identify potential innovative opportunities and develop their impact and commercialisation. This webinar will summarise the different types of intellectual property associated with University research and outline the commercialisation of such research in the context of gene and cell therapy.



Careers in medical writing and publishing

11:00am (GMT), Monday 1st March 2021
Dr Sarah Mancini, Associate Medical Writer, McCann Health Medical Communications
Dr Eve Rogers, Associate Editor at Communications Biology, a Nature Research journal

Dr Sarah Mancini is a Medical Writer at McCann Health Medical Communications. Sarah initially completed a MSci in Biochemistry and PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Glasgow with a Diabetes UK studentship. Since graduating in 2014, Sarah pursued two post-doctoral posts before leaving the University of Glasgow to join McCann Health. Sarah will give a talk entitled ‘Careers in Medical Communications’ and give an important perspective on using your PhD/postdoctoral skills to pursue a career in science outside of academia.

Dr Eve Rogers received her PhD from the University of Liverpool, investigating the role of the mechanical environment and circadian rhythm in adult stem cell differentiation. During her postdoctoral studies at UCL, she employed gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas and lentiviral vectors, in hiPSC and hESC research. Eve joined the editorial team of Communications Biology in January 2021 and where she now handles papers in cell and molecular biology, stem cells, cancer, biotech and beyond.
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The 5-week job search blueprint that ensures a PhD-level industry job offer

16:00-17:30pm (BST) / 11:00-12:30 (EST), 2nd June 2021
Dr Isaiah Hankel, CEO Cheeky Scientist

Transitioning from academia to industry can require an overhaul to your job search approach. Dr Isaiah Hankel, CEO of Cheeky Scientist and internationally recognised Fortune 500 consultant, outlines the blueprint for successfully applying to jobs in the biotechnology industry, making the transition as seamless as possible!



Transitioning to independence: A UK and US perspective

3:00pm (GMT), Monday 1st February 2021
Dr Lynda Coughlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Center for Vaccine Development & Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA.

The idea of research independence can be daunting, and can often seem unattainable. In this session, Dr Coughlan discussed valuable tips on transitioning towards academic independence. Drawing from her extensive international research experience, Dr Coughlan shared various approaches and examples of ways to positively drive your research career towards independence. 





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.