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May 2015

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

Cambridge Enterprise

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

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 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

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 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

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 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

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 [Old Venue] No Longer in Use

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 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

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 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

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.

January 2019

Thu 17
Open What? - An Intro to All Things Open Research new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Everyone has heard the term ‘publish or perish,’ right?

Publishing your research is no longer enough. Researchers need to market themselves and their work. This interactive session, will provide an introduction to Open Research.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

February 2019

Mon 4
Postdocs: How can Researchers Engage in the Policy Making Process? new Finished 12:00 - 14:05 DO NOT USE Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

CSaP works with a unique network of academics and decision-makers to improve the use of evidence and expertise in public policy. The approach is based on addressing the questions which policy makers identify, and on building relationships characterised by mutual understanding, respect and trust.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

March 2019

Tue 5
Good Practice in Research: Authorship and Publication new Finished 13:00 - 15:00 DO NOT USE Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Have you ever faced any issues related to authorship within your research group or making a submission to a journal?

Publishing research, and getting fair credit for publishing, can lead to difficulties and pitfalls (especially if you’re unsure about how to best manage various aspects of the process).

Using case studies and group discussion, this course will explore best practice in authorship and publication from deciding 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.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Tue 12
Postdocs: Pensions Explained new Finished 12:30 - 14:30 DO NOT USE Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

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 20
Getting Connected - Induction for Postdocs Finished 10:00 - 12:30 DO NOT USE 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.

If you do not have a CHRIS ID, please book by sending an email to courses.opda@admin.cam.ac.uk stating your full name and Research Institute affiliation. Please use the subject line 'Getting Connected - booking 20th March 2019'.

Tue 26
Making a Bigger Impact with Public Engagement new CANCELLED 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

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.

Thu 28
Postdocs: Knowing Your Audience, Telling Stories and Why This Matters new CANCELLED 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

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.

April 2019

Thu 4
Making a Bigger Impact with Public Engagement Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

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.

May 2019

Thu 2
Postdocs: Media Taster new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

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.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Tue 7
Let's Talk Commercialisation – An Intro for Postdocs Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

Whether you just would like to know more or have an actual idea, please do come to our presentation and Question and Answer session. Have a chat with the team of Cambridge Enterprise on how to commercialise your research.

We will discuss commercialisation opportunities, spinning out and intellectual property. In the end you will have a better understanding of the commercialisation process in the University and what Cambridge Enterprise in particular can do for you.

The session will be led by Dr Helen Young, Senior Commercialisation Associate , and Vibha Tamboli, Senior Commercialisation Associate at Cambridge Enterprise.

https://www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk/team/dr-helen-young/; https://www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk/team/vibha-tamboli/

Thu 16
Getting Connected - Induction for Postdocs Finished 10:00 - 12:30 DO NOT USE 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.

Tue 21
Pensions Explained for Postdocs Finished 12:30 - 14:30 Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane, Committee Room

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.

June 2019

Tue 11
Making a Bigger Impact with Public Engagement new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

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.

Thu 20
Knowing Your Audience, Telling Stories and Why This Matters new Finished 12:30 - 14:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

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.

July 2019

Tue 9
Media Taster new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

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.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Wed 17
Getting Connected - Induction for Postdocs Finished 10:00 - 12:30 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.

Tue 23
Pensions Explained for Postdocs Finished 12:30 - 14:30 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.