The Society for Experimental Biology is organising another careers conference, Bioscience Futures specifically for PhD and post-doc bioscientists (or those interested in these areas).
It runs at Lancaster University from the 8th-10th April with key speakers including Prof Ottoline Leyser, one of the two most inspirational speakers on careers for postgrads I’ve heard recently – you’d really want her to be your supervisor/PI after hearing her. (The other one? Our own Dame Nancy, of course! If I can get a copy of her slides from the Humanities Research Staff conference I was at last week, I’ll give you a summary.)
There’s some pre-work to do – a poster on your research (but you can just rehash the last one you used), and an MBTI questionnaire. (If you can’t make it to this conference but want to do a personality questionnaire along the same lines of Myers Briggs, go to the Careers Service website for our free on-line version – restricted to Manchester University only though).
Sarah Blackford, who has a great track record in the biology and careers worlds, is organising this conference and has pointed out that with 20 places left, you can still register for the “early bird” fee of £50 for Post-docs and £30 for PhDs until 15th Feb (but if you need accommodation, that’s extra).
However, if you can’t make this, are not a biologist, or want it for free, the PhD Options event which we piloted last year is planned to run this year on 13th and 16th June. It will have a new name, Pathways, a new audience (in addition to all PhDs, early career research staff will be actively welcomed – though quite a lot snuck in last year anyway), even more people with PhDs to talk about their careers (we had around 80 last year, and over 400 PhDs to listen to them) and an added follow up day of workshops. Probably won’t be the last time I’ll be blogging about this, as you might guess…