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Ever Thought of Turning Your Research into a Business? new Fri 12 Dec 2014   12:00 Finished

Postdocs are invited to an interactive and engaging discussion with the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. This is a rare opportunity to have a conversation with someone who has successfully navigated the worlds of academia and industry.

An official welcome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA), there will be a brief interactive presentations from the Careers Service and Personal and Professional Development (PPD) whose principal role is to support the University's research staff.

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 - Induction for Postdocs Wed 17 Jul 2019   10:00 [Places]

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.

Introductory forum on Impact, specifically user engagement, focused on enhancing awareness of media relations, public engagement and policy engagement.

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.

How to Succeed in Science without Really Trying new Tue 23 Sep 2014   18:00 Finished

This session provides valuable career advice to science postdocs from the speaker's own experience, expressed with a good deal of humour.

How to train your P.I. new Fri 6 Nov 2015   13:00 Finished

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.

Industry Forum with GSK new Thu 16 Apr 2015   16:30 Finished

GSK, the science-led global healthcare company, is running a forum for networking and sharing information about what unique skills postdocs have, by virtue of their roles, and how these are mutually beneficial.

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.

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/

Making a Bigger Impact with Public Engagement new Tue 11 Jun 2019   12:00 Finished

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.

Media Taster new Tue 9 Jul 2019   12:00 Finished

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.

Online Tools for Researchers new Wed 11 Mar 2015   12:30 Finished

This seminar, facilitated by the Head of Research Information at the Research Strategy Office, outlines online tools that can be used to enhance networking and online presence. The software overview includes Symplectic Elements (a publication retrieval tool and Research Information Management System), Altmetrics (a social media analysis tool) and Research Professional (a funding information database).

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.

Pensions Explained for Postdocs Tue 23 Jul 2019   12:30 [Places]

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.

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.

Psychology Course for Postdocs new Tue 28 Apr 2015   18:00 Finished

Philip Guildford, Director of Research for the Department of Engineering will offer a unique perspective on the life of postdocs during this engaging interactive session.

Publishing Tips from Cambridge University Press new Mon 24 Nov 2014   17:30 Finished

A series of discussions with Cambridge University Press. Find out about the University’s own publisher and hear first-hand how the world of publishing has changed. Be surprised by the innovative products that are being developed here in Cambridge. Meet the people leading these developments and have your opportunity to shape their plans.

A brief overview of Cambridge University Press, top tips on getting your book or journal article published, and a chance to tell us how you would like to shape publishing in the future.

Q&A Session with Cambridge Enterprise new Thu 7 May 2015   12:00 Finished

Cambridge Enterprise

Royal Society Funding new Tue 17 Feb 2015   12:30 Finished

The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellows (DHFs), will discuss their experience with the Royal Society’s funding schemes.

This talk will be relevant to final-year PhD students and researchers from postdoctoral level upwards working in life and physical sciences (excluding clinical medicine) and engineering. The presentation will cover Early Career Fellowship schemes, Senior Fellowship schemes, Innovation schemes, Research Capacity/Infrastructure schemes, and Collaboration and Travel schemes.

Speed Dating: Research Matchmaking new Thu 12 Feb 2015   17:30 Finished

A fun evening of networking, pizza and beer. Postdocs will quickly pitch their current research ideas to other postdocs using a “speed-dating” format, followed by networking. Express your research ideas to postdocs who might be from outside of your field and potentially forge new interdisciplinary collaborations! The Head of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will provide information on funding for interdisciplinary research.

Twitter for Early Career Researchers new Thu 5 Mar 2015   12:00 Finished

This workshop, facilitated by the Faculty of Education’s Library Team, will take you from the basics to best practice, while offering advice and support. The team will demonstrate how to navigate the conversations and interactions that are developing within and linking the academic community. These connections are not just among individuals, but also include conference and event pages, journals, institutes and research bodies.

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