Pop-up workshops are brief, informal and interactive sessions designed to deliver bite-size, timely, targeted information to postdocs on a range of themes that will be helpful for their careers.

The workshops last about one hour, usually run over lunchtime, and are open to all postdocs and fellows from across the College.
Details on upcoming pop-ups will be advertised in the PFDC newsletter, via departmental Postdoc Rep and via twitter @ImperialPFDC. To register for a pop-up, please see the latest PFDC Newsletter.

Upcoming sessions

Pop-up: Writing a lay summary – 10th January 2018, 10:00-12:00, SALC6, South Kensington Campus

Turning your carefully thought-out research programme into simple, concise English in order to be accountable to the general public – it’s become a standard part of funding and fellowship applications, and it’s the stuff of many a researcher’s nightmares. But the lay summary matters. It demonstrates neatly how clear your ideas are; the funders need it to evidence which projects they have invested in; and on a practical level, your lay summary may be the only part of your application which is read by the entire panel.

This bite-sized, interactive session will look at what goes in a lay summary, which bits to leave out, and how to pitch your language. Please sign up for the event via this link

Pop-up: Pathways into the bioscience industry – 18th January 2018, 9:30-11:00, SALC2, South Kensington Campus

This session is part of the PFDC’s ‘pathways’ series, looking at career options for postdocs beyond academia.

This short briefing will provide an overview of the bioscience industry and key factors to keep in mind when evaluating where you might find your place in the sector. The briefing will also include top tips on how to search for companies and vacancies, and how to present yourself effectively to bioscience recruiters. The idea of the briefing is to give you a starting point for further investigation.  Please sign up for the event via this link

 Pop-up: Research Impact, REF & TEF: what are they and why should you care about them? - 18th January 2018, 12:00-13:30, SALC 2, South Kensington Campus

 Presented by Professor Stephen Curry

 Publicly funded research and researchers are subject to assessment as never before. Increasingly the processes of evaluation are metricised, but is that good thing? 

The ‘impact agenda’ is also on the rise. Funding applicants are commonly asked to formulate impact plans, while every university department in the country has to provide retrospective evidence of impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – what are the impacts on early career researchers of these forms of evaluation. 
To the mix has now been added the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - where did this come from and where is it taking universities and their staff? Please sign up for the event via this link

Pop-up: Rules of the Game – from B to C - 24th January 2018, 14:00-16:00, SALC 1, South Kensington Campus

Would you like to know more about the re-grading review process? Are you interested in finding out what criteria is used when considering whether a post should be re-graded?

Find out more about the application and review process for the re-grading of posts from Level B to Level C in the Academic and Research job family. This pop-up will clarify the differences between a promotion and a re-grading, and also address any misconceptions. 
A panel made up of HR professionals that are involved in the application and review process will be there to answer any questions you may have. Please sign up for the event via this link

Funders Showcase: Wellcome Trust – 30th January 2018, 14:00-15:30, SALC 7, South Kensington Campus

Thinking about applying for a Wellcome Trust fellowship?  This event will highlight the opportunities available to postdocs from the Wellcome Trust, including details about the fellowships they offer and the application process.  Come along to find out more - Please sign up for the event via this link


We continue to expand our portfolio, and welcome suggestions from the postdoc community for new pop-up topics.
As well as having pop-ups that are open to all, we can also tailor and deliver sessions specifically for postdoc and departmental needs.
Please contact the PFDC Support Team with your ideas and requirements.