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Here you will find details about our forthcoming events, workshops and seminars scheduled throughout the year, as well as details of previous events.

Forthcoming Events

 

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (EPS & LES)

Wednesday 20th June 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Nicolson Building, (G11 on Campus Map).

Free Registration.

Lunch and refreshments.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of Research Careers at the Wellcome Trust.  There will be research talks and posters from postdocs within the Colleges of EPS and LES, and talks on different aspects of the postdoc experience and the different career paths open to postdocs from Dr Veemal Bhowruth, Dr Juliet Coates, Dr Pete Noy, Dr Zoe Schnepp and Dr Alex Wilson.  Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Transfer, will be presenting prizes for the best oral presentations and posters.

Registration

The Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (EPS & LES) is open to all postdoctoral and early career research staff within the Colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences.

To register please email Jennifer Thomson with details of your job title, College and School and any dietary requirements.  The deadline for registration is Friday 25th May 2018.

 

Submission of Abstracts for Conference

All postdoctoral and early career staff in the Colleges of EPS and LES are eligible to apply to present a poster or give an oral presentation of their research at the conference.  Further details on how to apply can be accessed here, please read these carefully before submitting your abstract, abstracts which do not meet the criteria as set out in the document may not be accepted.

Prizes of up to £300 for best oral presentation and up to £175 for best poster.

Submission of abstracts is now closed. 

 

Further Details of Conference

A unique opportunity for postdoctoral and early career research staff in the Colleges of EPS and LES to share their work through oral presentations and posters and to access talks and support on career development and the postdoc journey.

Keynote Lecture

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Dr Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of Research Careers at the Wellcome Trust who will be speaking on the early career funding landscape, the changing research landscape and career options and development for those embarking on a research career.

Dr Coriat completed a PhD in Developmental Biology at the University of Manchester and worked as a postdoctoral researcher before moving to the Medical Research Council where she worked in a variety of roles, eventually becoming Director for Capacity, Skills and Infrastructure.  She chaired the RCUK Research Group for four years and joined the Wellcome Trust in 2015.

Invited Speakers

The conference includes a series of talks from invited speakers, programmed throughout the day, which will reflect on different aspects of the postdoc experience and the different career paths open to postdocs.

Our invited speakers include:

Dr Veemal Bhowruth, Business Development Manager/IP & Licensing Manager, UoB Enterprise

Dr Juliet Coates, Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics in the School of Biosciences

Dr Pete Noy, Research Facilitator in the College of Medical and Dental Science

Dr Zoe Schnepp, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Chemistry

Dr Alex Wilson, Research Fellow Quantum Gravity Sensing in the School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Presentations and Posters

The conference is dedicated to showcasing the wide range of exciting research being undertaken by postdocs and early career research staff across the Colleges of EPS and LES.  There will be three sessions of selected research presentations from postdocs throughout the day and the opportunity to view research posters during break times. 

Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Transfer, will be presenting prizes for the best oral presentations and posters and all delegates will have the opportunity to contribute to this by voting for the poster they feel is the most outstanding.

Researcher Support

Representatives from the EPS and LES Research Support Offices, People and Organisational Development (POD), Business Engagement and the Research Planning and Public Engagement teams will be present during the conference’s break times to provide information and advice on how their teams can support postdocs and early career research staff.

 

Previous Events

May 2018

PERCAT Careers Seminar: Careers outside Academia

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 2-4.30pm, Metallurgy & Materials Building, Room GC13 (G6 on Campus Map C block, ground floor)

Open to all postdocs and early career researchers in the Colleges of EPS and LES, this seminar provided guest panel talks and a Q&A session giving attendees the opportunity to:

  • Find out about some of the career options open to postdocs.
  • Learn about how the skills and experience gained during a postdoc positon can help you move into a career beyond academia.
  • Make useful contacts for the future

The guest panel:

  • Trevor Sidery, PhD Mathematics and former postdoc in the School of Physics & Astronomy, now Senior Data Scientist at Tesco PLC.
  • Jennifer Morris-Cottell, PhD Microbiology and former postdoc in the University of Guelph, Canada, now Clinical Scientist at Micropathology Ltd.
  • Sandra Starke, PhD Biomechanics and Visual Perception, former postdoc in the School of EESE, now Chief Scientific Officer at GiveVision.
  • Phil Blaen, PhD Hydrology, former postdoc in the School of GEES, now Project Manager at Yorkshire Water.  To view Dr Phil Blaen's slide presentation from this event please click here.
  • Ole Kock, PhD Physics, former postdoc in Physics and Astronomy, now Technical Authority for Quantom Sensors at Teledyne E2V.  To view Dr Ole Kock's slide presentation from this event please click here.

 

April 2018

PERCAT Careers Seminar: The REF – What does it mean for Postdocs?

Thursday 19th April 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm, Mechanical Engineering Building G36 (Y3 on Campus Map)
Lunch provided.

An opportunity for postdocs and early career researchers in the Colleges of EPS and LES to learn more about the REF, the rules governing it, the forthcoming changes to it and what the REF means for postdocs.

Ronni Littlewood, Research Planning Partner for LES, and Gavin McNee, Research Planning Partner for EPS, will be speaking to us on the REF and its implications for postdocs, followed by a Q&A session and lunch, with opportunities to talk informally to Ronni and Gavin over lunch, or to book a 1:1 session with either of them.

Registration now closed.

March 2018

PERCAT Workshop: CV Writing and Interview Skills

Thursday 1st March 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Nicolson Building, (G11 on Campus Map).

A joint workshop with MDS PERCAT, delivered by Paul Compton, People and Organisational Development Facilitator.

 The focus on this one day workshop is on practice, discussion and personal reflection, including:

  • Developing the structure and format of a CV
  • Identifying your key achievements
  • Communicating key skills and attributes
  • Using the job description and person specification to prepare for the interview
  • Creating specific responses to behavioural questions
  • Understanding the impact of verbal and non-verbal communication.

You will be able to apply your learning to better develop your CV so that it highlights your key skills, attributes and achievements.  You will also be able to identify the ways in which you can prepare for interview by considering your body language, motivation and response to questions.  There will be Hands on practical help to ensure you project yourself at your best both in writing and in person in a recruitment situation.  This course also involves group role-play, allowing you a great opportunity to practice and hone your interview skills.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Places are limited, for catering purposes please register before 15th February 2018.  Registration details.

February 2018

PERCAT Workshop: Fellowship and Grant Writing

 Thursday 15th February 2018, 12-4pm, Metallurgy & Materials, Room 2C28 (G6 on Campus Map)

 Due to the high level of demand for this workshop we have now added an additional date.

 This workshop is aimed at giving a very broad overview of the UK research funding landscape, including an introduction to key funding bodies, the types of grants available and the intellectual and administrative stages involved in preparing a grant application. It will be of interest to postdoctoral and early career researchers who have not yet prepared an application for independent funding.

 Lunch and refreshments provided.

To register for this workshop email: Jennifer Thomson.  Deadline for registration is the 5th February 2018.  Places are limited so registration is essential.

 

PERCAT Workshop – How to Shine in Fellowship and Grant Interviews

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, GEES Room 125, (R26 on Campus Map).

This highly practical course will help you develop a clear, authoritative and authentic interview style that allows the strength of your ideas to shine through. By the end of this session you’ll be better able to:

  • Present yourself, your work and your ideas in a compelling way
  • Maintain your composure
  • Engage the panel and win their trust
  • Handle interview questions

Lunch and refreshments provided. 

Who can apply

The workshop is for postdoctoral and early career researchers who will benefit from the training and who:

  • Have been shortlisted for interview by a funding body
  • Have submitted a grant application that has an interview as part of the selection process

or

  • Intend to submit an application in the next twelve months

To apply for the workshop email Jennifer Thomsonwith details of the funding scheme, proposed submission deadline and how far you have progressed with your application. Applications will be prioritized.  Deadline for applications is Monday 12th February 2018.  

January 2018

PERCAT Workshop: Fellowship and Grant Writing

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 12-4pm  – Chemical Engineering G03 (Y11 on Campus Map)

 This workshop is aimed at giving a very broad overview of the UK research funding landscape, including an introduction to key funding bodies, the types of grants available and the intellectual and administrative stages involved in preparing a grant application. It will be of interest to postdoctoral and early career researchers who have not yet prepared an application for independent funding.

 Lunch and refreshments provided.

To register for this workshop email: Jennifer Thomson.

Deadline for registration is the 16th January 2018.

Places are limited so registration is essential.

December 2017

Pies and Post-Docs

Monday 18 December 2017, 2-4pm 
Venue – Biosciences Undercroft (R27 on campus map)

A talk on the Concordat on Early Career Researchers from Vince O’Grady of POD, with mince pies and drinks.

Meet your PERCAT Post-Doc Reps and College Research Support Teams and find out more about PERCAT

Open to all Post-Docs and Early Career Researchers within LES and EPS.  To register for this event email: Jennifer Thomson.

 

Events 2016-2017

Research Grants: Where Do I Start

LES & EPS PERCAT Workshop - Research Grants: Where do I Start?

Thursday 22 September 2016, 9.30am to 1.30pm 
Venue - GEES, Room 125

This workshop is aimed at giving a very broad overview of research funding. The session will include:

  • General introduction to the funding landscape
  • Details about specific funding schemes (including early career Fellowships)
  • Discussions on what makes a good funding application
  • Application processes and timeframes

To register for this workshop emailJelena Majerhofer
Deadline for registration is 9 September 2016
Places are limited so registration is essential

 

 

How to Shine in Fellowship & Grant Interviews

PERCAT LES & EPS Fellowship & Grant Interview Coaching Workshop

Wednesday 21 September 2016
Venue - GEES, Room 125

The way candidates conduct themselves, present ideas and respond to questions has a powerful influence on the way they are perceived. Interview assessment panels are often looking for leadership potential as well as academic distinction.

The communication skills that the strongest interviewees display can be acquired through specialist coaching. This highly practical workshop will help you develop a clear, authoritative and authentic interview style that allows your ideas to shine through.

The aim of the workshop is to -

  • Present yourself, your work and your ideas in a compelling way
  • Maintain your composure
  • Engage the panel and win their trust
  • Handle interview questions

Who can apply?

The workshop is for postdoctoral and early career researchers who will benefit from the training and who:

  • Have been shortlisted for interview by a funding body
  • Have submitted a grant application that has an interview as part of the selection process

or

  • Intend to submit an application in the next twelve months

To apply for the workshop email Jelena Majerhofer with details of the funding scheme, proposed submission deadline and how far you have progressed with your application. Applications will be prioritized.

Deadline for applications is Monday 29 August 2016

Information about external events is available on the LES PERCAT intranet portal – staff login required.