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Creating futures in science

A career planning workshop for female postdocs in STEMM.
When Sep 28, 2017
from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, 105 Eddington Place
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‘Creating futures in science’ is designed to empower female postdocs in STEMM to think confidently and flexibly about their career.

It will provide participants with an overview of the sciences career landscape, expose them to both academic and non-academic role models via ‘speed mentoring’ and a panel discussion and give them an opportunity to envision their futures and action next steps through a creative ‘clinic’.

Ultimately the workshop will provide a platform for networking with senior women and men across industries and disciplines. 

The session was designed by Portia – a charity focused on gender in science – to strengthen the role of women in the STEMM disciplines and has been adapted for the Cambridge context.

Portia founder Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer explains, ‘In science, the decisions made by individuals during the earliest phase of their employment determine the long-term shape of their career. The 'leaky pipeline' shows that the postdoctoral stage is a critical period for women. Many leave science at this point resulting in a loss of opportunity for them, and a loss of trained talent for science.

'Knowing what the options are; how the 'system' works; who are the right role models; how to avoid cultural stereotypes; and what to do about family life will greatly enhance the capacity of young female scientists to make career decisions that are best for them’.

Timetable:

09:30-10:00 - Registration

10:00-11:15 - Keynote address: Dr Liz Elvidge (Postdoc Development Centre, Imperial) What are the unique challenges female postdocs face and how can they be addressed?

11:15-11:30 - Tea/coffee

11:30-13:00 - Speed mentoring

13:00-14:00 - Lunch and networking

14:00-15:15 - Careers ‘clinics’ – moderated small group activity and discussion 

15:15-15:30 - Tea/coffee

15:30-17:00 - Panel discussion with women in STEMM from different career pathways

17:00-18:00 - Reception with drinks and canapés

This event is free to attend but please register here.

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