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Alternative Careers Seminar
7 December 2016
Dr Jessica O'Neill - Consultant in Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy Team at KPMG

Dr Georgina MacKenzie - Science Portfolio Adviser at Wellcome Trust

Dr Greg Ball - Part-Qualified Attorney at Carpmaels & Ransford
One of the most difficult decisions for a PhD student or PostDoc is whether or not to pursue a career in academia. To support you in making informed choices about what to do next, we  invited three speakers who shared their experiences in transitioning from academic science to other industries.
Grant Writing Workshop
7 December 2016
Workshop chairs: Professor Patrick Haggard and Professor Andrew Forge
The aim of this half-day session is to help workshop participants improve their applications for funding, whether they are project grants or fellowships. It was led by two senior UCL researchers, Prof. Patrick Haggard (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) and Prof. Andrew Forge (The Ear Institute), who have extensive experience in applying for funding as well as being part of grant review committees. This provided a rare opportunity to polish your 'grantsmanship' skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and receive constructive feedback on your applications.
Interview Skills Workshop
19 October 2016
Workshop Chairs: Professor David Atwell and Professor Kate Jeffery The workshop consisted of 5 participants (postdocs and/or PIs) who are in the process of applying for grants or fellowships and had written a proposal beforehand. Each participant started with a 5 minute presentation to the panel members, consisting of the other participants and Prof Attwell and Prof Jeffery, followed by 10-15 minutes questioning. In the remaining 10-15 minutes the panel gave feedback. Video recordings were provided for feedback on aspects of the presentation.

Workshop on fellowship and grant interviews
24 May 2016
Chairs:
Professor Elizabeth Fisher and Professor Giampietro Schiavo

As grants and fellowships are one of the most important requirements for a successful career in Neuroscience, this workshop was organised to help attendees prepare for the final phase of that process: the interview itself.
The workshop consisted of 5 participants (postdocs and PIs) who are in the process of applying for grants or fellowships and therefore had written a proposal beforehand. Each participant
started with a 5 minute presentation to the panel members, consisting of the other participants and Prof Fisher and Prof Schiavo, followed by 10-15 minutes questioning. In the remaining 10-15 minutes the panel gave feedback. Video recordings were provided for feedback on aspects of the presentation.

Grant writing workshop
19 April 2016
Workshop chairs:
Professor Patricia Salinas and Professor Dimitri Kullmann

The aim of this half-day session was to help workshop participants improve their applications for funding, whether they are project grants or fellowships. It was led by two senior UCL researchers, Prof. Patricia Salinas (Cell & Developmental Biology) and Prof. Dimitri Kullmann (Institute of Neurology), who have extensive experience in applying for funding as well as being part of grant review committees. This was a rare opportunity to polish  'grantsmanship' skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and receive constructive feedback on applications.

To participate in this workshop, each participant provided an abstract, lay summary and scientific proposal for either a grant or fellowship application
Different academic paths: Perspectives from academic, teaching and clinical routes
16 March 2016
Dr. Adrian Isaacs
Reader in Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Institute of Neurology

Dr. Caroline Selai
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology

Dr. Suellen Walker
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paeditaric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, ICH/GOSH
In this workshop three excellent neuroscientists presented on how they  have developed their careers via different routes: academic, teaching and clinical.
Setting up a Company 25 February 2016
Dr. David Tapolczay, Chief Executive MRC Technology

Dr. Alex Menys, Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCL & founder of Motilent Ltd

Dr. Rachel Hemsley, Senior Business Manager, UCL Business
Cutting edge biomedical research brings on scientific advancements which, depending on their nature, can have commercial value. The translation of a research programme with commercial potential into a spin-out company is a complex process that involves strategic planning from both the researchers and UCL administration. Our three speakers gave their own advice on setting up a company through their own experiences and expertise.
Internal Promotions Seminar 19 January 2016 Professor Alan Thompson This seminar was run for those planning to apply for promotion but unsure when to apply, or how to fill in the application form, and also for anyone who wanted to learn more about the UCL promotions procedure.  The importance of finding out about the criteria for promotion early on was noted, in order to have time to optimize your CV and contact the appropriate people. Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, covered all aspects of the promotion process for research staff at all levels. The event was followed by a drinks reception, giving attendees the opportunity to talk to the speaker and network with their peers.
Grant Writing Seminar
19 November 2015
Professor Jonathan Roiser
In this seminar, Professor Jonathan Roiser from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience took participants through the whole process of grant writing, and provided them with valuable tips and tricks on how to polish applications. The seminar was aimed at PhD students and postdocs that are in the process of applying or thinking of applying for grants in the future.
The event was followed by drinks to give attendees the opportunity to ask informal questions to the speaker as well as network with their peers.
Workshop on Fellowship and Grant Interviews
5 October 2015
Professor Nick Wood

Professor John Rothwell
The workshop consisted of 5 participants (postdocs and/or PIs) who were in the process of applying for grants or fellowships and therefore had written a proposal beforehand. Each participant will started with a 5 minute presentation to the panel members, consisting of the other participants and Prof Wood and Prof Rothwell, followed by 10-15 minutes questioning. In the remaining 10-15 minutes the panel gave feedback.
Grant Writing Workshop
17 September 2015
Professor Neil Burgess

Professor Simon Mead

The aim of this half-day session was to help Investigators improve their applications for funding, whether they are project grants or fellowships. It was led by two senior UCL researchers, Prof. Neil Burgess and Prof. Simon Mead, who have extensive experience of applying for funding and of sitting on the committees that decide which science gets funded. This was a rare opportunity for participants to improve their 'grantsmanship' skills, gain insight into how funding committees work and to receive constructive feedback on their applications.

To participate in this workshop, each participant had to provide an abstract, lay summary and full scientific proposal (it may be a preliminary application) for either a grant or fellowship.
Fellowship and Grant Interviews Workshop
13 May 2015
Professor Antonella Riccio, MRC/UCL Lab for Molecular Cell Biology

Professor Steve Hunt, UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
This workshop consisted of 4 participants made up of postdocs and principal investigators who had written a grant proposal or fellowship application before the event. Each participant started with a 5 minute presentation before the committee, consisting of the other participants and Professor Antonella Riccio and Professor Stephen Hunt, followed by 10-15 minutes questioning. In the remaining 10-15 minutes the committee gave feedback.
Lab building workshop
29 April 2015
Dr Francesca Cacucci, Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Professor Steve Hunt, UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Attendees heard how established junior and senior principal investigators, Dr. Francesca Cacucci and Prof. Steve Hunt, started and expanded their own lab to pursue their research. The talks covered topics such as Ph.D students and postdocs recruitment and supervision, strategic decision making, administrative duties, grant management and balancing academic responsibility with research activity.
The workshop was followed by a reception to allow participants to network and have informal discussions with the speakers.
Grant writing workshop
24 April 2015
Professor John Wood, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research

Professor David McAlpine, UCL Ear Institute
The aim of the half-day session was to help Investigators improve their applications for funding, whether they are project grants or fellowships. It was led by two senior UCL researchers, Professor John Wood and Professor David McAlpine, who have extensive experience of applying for funding and of sitting on the committees that decide which science gets funded. This was a rare opportunity to improve your 'grantsmanship' skills, gain insight into how funding committees work and to receive constructive feedback on your applications.
Neuroscience Careers Network Forum: Getting Published 18 February 2015

Professor David Attwell, Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology - How to write a paper

Dr Lesley Anson, Chief Editor, Nature Communications - Editorial/review process

Professor Geraint Rees, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences - How to respond to reviewers

There is more to preparing a manuscript for publication than collecting all the data. Presentation of the hypothesis and the experimental procedures in a coherent manner, as well as thoroughly addressing questions the reader might have, are of paramount importance for successful and painless (as much as possible) submission!

Attendees took the opportunity to get some invaluable tips from leading researchers on how to prepare a manuscript and how to answer reviewers’ comments as well as guidance from a leading journal’s editor on successful manuscript preparation.

Talks were followed by a drinks reception.

Alternative Careers Seminar
9 December 2014

Dr Sally Bannan, European Patent Attorney

Dr Laura Phipps, Science Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK

Dr Rebecca Ross, Associate at McKinsey & Company

The Alternative Careers seminar was aimed as PhD students and PostDocs who are considering careers outside of academia. Three speakers gave us a personal account of the diverse paths their career has taken after finishing their PhDs.

The speakers have kindly agreed to make their talk available. Please see the link below for access to the video:

Alternative Careers Seminar video

Grant Writing Workshop 3 October 2014

Professor Matteo Carandini (Institute of Opthalmology) and
Professor Sophie Scott (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)
The Neuroscience Careers Network Committee ran another Grant Writing Workshop to coincide with a number of upcoming fellowship and project grant deadlines.

The aim of the half-day session was to help investigators improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships. It was led by two senior UCL researchers, Professor Matteo Carandini (Institute of Opthalmology) and Professor Sophie Scott (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience), who have extensive experience of applying for funding and of sitting on the committees that decide which science gets funded.

Attendees were given the opportunity to improve their"grantsmanship" skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on your own applications.

To participate in the workshop, every participant provided an abstract, lay summary and full scientific proposal for either a grant application or a fellowship application at the point of registration. They needed to submit this at least 10 days before the workshop. Costings were NOT required. Attendance at the workshop was free, but registration wass required.

Organiser: Jenny Bizley
Interview Skills for Fellowship and Grant Interviews 26 March 2014

3 April 2014
Workshop 1: Patricia Salinas and Steve Wilson
Workshop 2: Kenneth Harris and Nick Fox

This workshop was tailored for researchers who were in the process of applying for or have just submitted an application for a fellowship or grant interview (or have been selected for an interview already)?

The workshops consisted of 5 participants made up of postdocs and early stage principal investigators who had written a grant proposal or fellowship application and submitted their application in advance to two senior professors with previous panel experience.

Each participant started with a 5 minute presentation before the committee followed by 10-15 minutes questioning. In the remaining 10-15 minutes the committee gave their feedback. Video recordings were provided for feedback on aspects of the presentation.

Working in Science and Family - Mutually exclusive or the perfect combination? 12 Feb 2014
Prof. Geraint Rees, Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Prof. Linda Greensmith, Graham Watts Senior Research Fellow at the Inst. of Neurology

This talk was aimed at researchers who have worked hard to take their first steps on the academic career ladder and are trying to work how to combine their careers with a family life.

Many early scientists find that the long hours in the lab conflict with the responsibility of a child and decide to move out of science.

However here we presented two excellent scientists who have demonstrated that having kids and a successful career can go together. Learn from the experts.

2013 Events

     
Post-doc? Check!....What now? 11 December 2013

Professor John O'Keefe, newly appointed director of the Sainsbury Welcome Center

Dr Mala Shah, Reader at the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr Jennifer Bizley, Senior Research Fellow at the Ear Institute, Faculty of Brain Sciences

This workshop was aimed at researchers who had finished or were about to finish their postdoc, and asked the question what should you do next to pursue an academic career?

Attendees heard about how new faculty positions are created and the strategic thinking that goes behind any new opening. Advice on how you can place yourself in a position which maximizes your chances to get that position (internal or external candidate, teaching vs. research etc.) was also be discussed.

In addition, the talk covered which kind of positions exist and at what level each can be accessed and the selection criteria for the applicants. Attendees heard about the personal journey of colleagues from the Neuroscience Domain who are on the academic career ladder after their postdoc experience.

Public Engagement in research Workshop: How to engage and why it is important 16 October 2013

Prof. Sophie Scott, ICN Deputy Director

Dr Steve Cross, Head of UCL Public Engagement

Dr Patrick Lewis, Parkinson's UK Research Fellow, ION

Public engagement initiated from scientists themselves is of extreme importance to the public but also to the scientific groups themselves as funding bodies are increasingly keen to see research scientists being proactive in communicating their data and its implications in the relevant field of study.

Each speaker gave their own account of public engagement through their own experiences and expertise.

ECN Grant writing workshop 2 October 2013

Professor Michael Hausser
Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Professor Anne Stephenson
UCL School of Pharmacy

We ran another Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday October 2nd to coincide with a number of fellowship and project grant deadlines from November to January. 


The aim of the half-day session was to help Early Career Investigators improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships. It was led by senior UCL researchers, who have extensive experience both of applying for funding and of sitting on the committees that decide which science gets funded (including the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council).

This was a rare opportunity to improve your "grantsmanship" skills, gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on your own applications.

How to write a successful grant application 12 September 2013

Professor Trevor Smart

NPP

In this highly competitive field, the ability to write a successful grant application is vital if you aim to pursue a career in academia.

Through this seminar, Professor Trevor Smart (NPP) provided attendees with invaluable tips and insider knowledge as an expert who has been awarded numerous grants and sat on various grant-awarding panels. 


Attendees also took advantage of an extended Q and A session asking Trevor specific  questions about the grant application process.


If you missed the seminar, Prof Trevor Smart has kindly provided the ECN Forum with slides from his talk. Please see the link below for access to his PowerPoint presentation.

Queen Square Symposium 15 March 2013

Ms. Amber Hill

Dr. Krishna Chinthapalli

Dr. Samuel Angwafor

Organised annually in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, the student-led Queen Square Symposium offers postgraduate students in the Institute of Neurology an invaluable opportunity to showcase and discuss their research. Everyone across UCL is invited to attend the 2013 symposium.
Clinical Academic Careers: How to combine research and clinical practice 25 April 2013

Dr Rick Adams, Clinical Research Associate, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Prof Geraint Rees, FMedSci, Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Director, ICN

The aim of this event was to give an overview of clinical academic career trajectories combining clinical training and research and will comprise of personal experiences of clinical research careers in the field of neuroscience.

The event was aimed at medical students, MD/PhDs, postdocs and postgraduate students from disciplines that are interested in the combination of research and practice as well as junior PIs.

ECN Grant Writing Workshop 3 May 2013 Professor Maria Fitzgerald
NPP

Professor Annette Dolphin
School of Pharmacy

The aim of the half-day session was to help Early Career Investigators (PIs and post-docs) improve their applications for funding, whether project grants or fellowships.

It was a peer-led session in which participants gave and received critical feedback on grant and fellowship applications in the style of a committee meeting at a funding body.

This was a great opportunity for participants to improve their "grantsmanship" skills, to gain insight into how funding committees work, and to receive constructive feedback on their own applications.