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July 2019

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.

September 2019

Thu 5
Knowing Your Audience, Telling Stories and Why This Matters Finished 12:30 - 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.

Mon 9
A new teaching opportunity for Cambridge Postdocs – Information session new Finished 12:00 - 13:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Would you like to get some more teaching experience? The Open University (the UK’s largest distance-learning University) would like to offer Cambridge postdocs the opportunity to gain experience tutoring on their courses. They can offer:

  • Flexible teaching opportunities to suit your workload and preferences
  • The chance to support students from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Training and support to teach through a variety of media, which is becoming increasingly valued on the academic job market.

Come along and find out more about what is on offer, and how you can get involved. Jane Jones, Associate Dean at the Open University, will lead the session, which will include input from former Cambridge postdocs who have taken up this experience.

A new teaching opportunity for Cambridge Postdocs – Information session new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Would you like to get some more teaching experience? The Open University (the UK’s largest distance-learning University) would like to offer Cambridge postdocs the opportunity to gain experience tutoring on their courses. They can offer:

  • Flexible teaching opportunities to suit your workload and preferences
  • The chance to support students from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Training and support to teach through a variety of media, which is becoming increasingly valued on the academic job market.

Come along and find out more about what is on offer, and how you can get involved. Jane Jones, Associate Dean at the Open University, will lead the session, which will include input from former Cambridge postdocs who have taken up this experience.

Tue 10
Open research and open minds: get your research out there to boost impact! Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Have you ever wondered who can access your research? Most articles and research outputs are locked up behind paywalls inside an ivory tower. Find out how to make your research more open to reach a broader audience, spark collaborations and, most importantly, improve the quality of your research.

Wed 25
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 09:30 - 11:45 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.

Fri 27
Governance at the University of Cambridge new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Student Services Centre, CG18

This talk will take place on Friday 27th September at 13:00 in Lecture Room A, at the Student Services Centre. https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/student-services-centre

Topics covered:

  • Mission and values of the University
  • Principles informing governance at Cambridge
  • Overview of governance bodies
  • Senior University offices and officers
  • Key governance bodies: Regent House, Council, General Board, Board of Scrutiny
  • Key governance resources: Statutes and Ordinances, Reporter, Governance hub

October 2019

Wed 2

Once you have booked a provisional place on this course, you will need to email the organiser Dr Rahuman Sheriff, sheriff AT ebi.ac.uk with your CV and cover-letter explaining why you would like to participate, with “MOL-workshop” in the subject line by 18th September 2019.

Computer models are increasingly used by researchers as well as pharmaceutical industry to investigate molecular mechanisms disease initiation, progression and therapy. Systems modelling of biochemical pathways deregulated in disease condition offers mechanistic insights into the pathology; helps to elucidate mechanisms behind dug action and predict dose required for treatment and thereby greatly facilitates fundamental research and drug discovery. Such modelling requires background in both molecular biology and mathematics.

This workshop will train postdocs from life science and mathematics to communicate and work together to learn to build and analyse computational models using user-friendly open source software. Participant will explore selected computational models from a recent publication, freely available in BioModels repository (www.ebi.ac.uk/biomodels/).

Speakers:

Lourdes Cucurull-Sanchez PhD Director, Quantitative Clinical Pharmacology GSK Medicines Research Centre, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2NY, UK

Prof. Jasmin Fisher PhD, FRSB Professor of Computational Biology UCL Cancer Institute Faculty of Medical Sciences, Paul O’Gorman Building 72 Huntley Street, London WC1E 6DD

Alfonso Martinez Arias PhD Professor of Developmental Mechanick Department of Genetics University of Cambridge Cambridge CB2 3EH

Tutors:

Rahuman Sheriff PhD, Thawfeek Varusai PhD and Krishna Tiwari EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK

Tue 15
Good Practice in Research: Ethics of Research Involving Human Participants and Personal Data new [Places] 13:00 - 15:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Getting things right is critical when working with human participants and/or personal data. Non-ethical research may put the participants at risk or damage the validity of your findings. Moreover, appropriate ethical reflection is a feature of high quality research and goes beyond an approval letter from a research ethics committee. Taking an ethics-by-numbers approach to ethical approval, without due reflection of the specifics concerns involved may lead you to unnecessarily restrict your research. It may also mean you’re less prepared to handle ongoing or unexpected ethical considerations e.g. decision-making in fieldwork or how best to interpret and disseminate data.

On this course, you will learn the principles underpinning ethical research and how to manage issues like seeking informed consent, recruiting vulnerable people, processing personal data, balancing participants’ interests with academic freedom and societal obligations, re-using personal data, respecting participant autonomy and reacting to unexpected events. Using case studies and group discussion, this course will explore best practice for working with human participants and personal data and provide opportunities for you to share your experiences and learn from others.

Tue 29
Pensions Explained for Postdocs [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 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.

November 2019

Thu 7
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 09:30 - 11:45 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 19
How to Be a Great Peer Reviewer - Everything Editors Want You to Know new [Places] 15:30 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

If you have recently started peer reviewing, or are ready to get involved, the OSC invites you to this unmissable session, where you will pick up tips and best practices from PLOS, publishers of the world's largest multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal.

December 2019

Wed 11
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 09:30 - 11:45 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.

January 2020

Thu 23
Pensions Explained for Postdocs [Places] 09:30 - 11:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood 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.

March 2020

Thu 19
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 09:30 - 11:45 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.

Mon 30
Open research and open minds: get your research out there to boost impact! [Places] 15:00 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Multi-function Room

Do you know what to look out for when choosing an Open Access publisher or a data repository?

It's important to get these decisions right to be at the forefront of the trend towards Open Research, ensuring that you build a strong profile and embrace the changes that are expected from researchers.

Practicing Open Research will help you to:

  • Be cited more often
  • Secure grants
  • Spark collaborations
  • Make your findings more reproducible

May 2020

Thu 7
Pensions Explained for Postdocs [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 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.

July 2020

Wed 15
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 09:30 - 11:45 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.