Pathways to Impact - 31 May 2017, 10:00 – 12:00, SALC 2, South Kensington Campus

Does the phrase “pathways to impact” leave you scratching your head in bewilderment? If so, this is the workshop for you! During the session you will learn what ‘impact’ is and why it matters to you and your applications, how to approach writing the ‘pathways to impact’ section and some top tips.

Your gateway into startups: an afternoon with Deep Science Ventures who support scientists to build groundbreaking ventures from scratch - 31 May 2017, 15:00 – 16:30, SALC 7, South Kensington Campus

An increasing number of researchers are crossing over from years in the academic realm into startups. It’s fast-paced, impact-driven and enables a rare degree of independence. As some of the scientists at Deep Science Ventures have put it: "Anywhere else, you join someone else’s vision for what a perfect workplace is. The most valuable thing about building a company is that you get to build the place where you go to work every day.” Finally, it is arguably the most direct and rewarding way to transfer your research skills to creating something of tangible value fast. 

The million dollar question is, of course, how does one even get started? How to validate the “good” ideas, how to mitigate the inherent risk, how to build a killer team? How to attract capital for continuous growth? For interesting answers to these and many other questions that you have about the world of a scientist-entrepreneur at Imperial, join an unconventional workshop with Deep Science Ventures, experienced venture builders and science geeks at heart.

Writing Lay Summaries- 30 May, 13:00 – 14:30, SALC  7, South Kensington Campus

Are you struggling with how to write a lay summary? As scientists, we have all been trained to write scientifically but lay summaries require a very different style of writing. In this interactive workshop, you will get to grips with lay summaries: what purpose they serve and how to write them.

Academic CVs - 25 May 2017, 10:00 – 11:00, SALC 7, South Kensington Campus

Maximise your chance of making the shortlist by ensuring your CV is professional, targeted and well written. This one hour workshop will address academic CVs. It will cover a myriad of do’s and don’ts to consider when crafting your CV. Please bring your CV with you to this workshop. 

Research Professional - 25 May 2017, Two sessions (1st) 11:30 – 12:30 (2nd) 12:30 – 13:30, SALC 7, South Kensington Campus

Looking for a fellowship but don’t know which ones are available in your field? Want to improve your CV by applying for funding such as travel grants but don’t know what’s out there? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions then Research Professional will give you the answers. This one hour workshop will focus on how Research Professional can benefit you; learn how to navigate the website and make the most of its features. Ensure you never miss a new funding call, including upcoming fellowships and travel grants, by setting up customised alerts. 

How to be more Powerful - 25 May, 14:00 – 15:30, SALC 7, South Kensington Campus

Are you a female thinking about making a career transition? Would you like to hear some hints and tips about how to be successful in a male dominated environment?

The PDC, together with Women@Imperial, would like to invite you to attend a female-only talk on Friday 25 May by Dr Deborah Coughlin. Debbie will talk through her experiences of making career transitions. From getting a PhD in Chemistry, to working in investment banking and being highly successful in a male dominated world, to changing careers entirely and working for Defra as well as studying for a MSc in Applied Sports Nutrition, Debbie has tried it all and will be sharing with you her experiences and insight.

She will also share with you her hints and tips on how to be more powerful in a male dominated environment including how to ensure you get the most out of meetings, how best to be assertive and how to get noticed. This will be concluded with some take-away messages.  This is a great opportunity to hear from a very interesting and knowledgeable speaker and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions and network over coffee and cake. 

EPSRC Fellowships Briefing - 23 May 2017, 10:00 – 11.00, SALC 5, South Kensington Campus

Are you thinking of applying for one of the EPSRC Fellowships? While applications are open for submission year round it is advised to plan ahead and have a clear understanding of the submission procedure - this pop up will provide guidance on how to prepare an effective application and help you maximise your chances of success. 

Pathways to Impact
Monday 19 January 2016, 14:00 - 16:00, SALC 2, South Kensington Campus

Does the phrase “pathways to impact” leave you scratching your head in bewilderment?

If so, this is the workshop for you!  During the session you will learn what ‘impact’ is and why it matters to you and your applications (particularly those from RCUK), how to approach writing the ‘pathways to impact’ section and receive some top tips.

Academic CVs
Friday 16 December 2016, 10:00 – 11:15, SALC 5, South Kensington Campus

Maximise your chance of making the shortlist by ensuring your CV is professional, targeted and well written. This one hour workshop will address academic CVs. It will cover a myriad of do’s and don’ts to consider when crafting your CV. Please bring your CV with you to this workshop.

Pathways for Postdocs Series - Top Down Market Research, 28 November 2016, 12:00 – 14:00, Training room 1, Central Library, South Kensington Campus
Want to know more about spin out companies? Are you wondering how you can turn your idea into a business?

In this informal and interactive workshop, you will gain experience of searching for market information, industry report databases and also get the opportunity to look at your potential competitors. The workshop will help you to identify the unique skills you can bring to a start-up company and will have experts in market research on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

Key aims of the workshop include:

  • To introduce attendees to online resources they can use to research marketing information
  • To give attendees the opportunity to practice finding market research information with experts on hand

Guest Speakers Event – Pathways for Postdocs and Fellows Series, Monday 24 October, 13:30 – 15:30, South Kensington Campus

Following on from your feedback last year, the PDC are delighted to launch the first event in the Pathways for Postdocs and Fellows Series. During the event each speaker will give a brief presentation where they will outline their background and how they got to where they are now. There will be an opportunity to talk to each speaker in a small group setting and additional time to network over refreshments. The first guest speakers will be:

  • Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith – Outreach and Public Engagement Manager, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
  • Dr Klio Martou – Investigator, Target & Pathway Validation, GSK
  • Dr Jon Travers – Scientist/Postdoc, MedImmune

How to be successful at a fellowship Interview, Thursday 20 October 2016, 13:00 – 16:00, South Kensington Campus

Most fellowships require you to have an interview to show how you can carry out the proposed research and why you should be given funding. During this workshop you will look at examples of ‘invitation to interview’ letters from a variety of funders. Using these letters you will develop a checklist of the do’s and dont’s for the interviews, write interview questions and prepare answers. You will also receive hints and tips on how to shine at the interview from entering the room to what to wear.

Pathways to Impact, Friday 10 June 2016, 10:30 - 12:30, South Kensington Campus

Does the phrase “pathways to impact” leave you scratching your head in bewilderment? If so, this is the workshop for you!  During the session you will learn what ‘impact’ is and why it matters to you and your applications (particularly those from RCUK), how to approach writing the ‘pathways to impact’ section and receive some top tips.

From Paper to Public - How to Get the Public to Engage with your Work, 27 May, 10-11:30 & 13:00-14:30

Do you want your research to reach a wider audience, but don’t know where to start?  Want to learn how to communicate more effectively with the public?

This hands-on workshop, which will be run twice over the course of a day, focuses on how to tailor your research to different audiences, with an emphasis on communicating key findings to the public. The workshop will cover some of the challenges and rewards of engaging with the public, and will provide tips on how to get your message across. Participants should come to the workshop with a clear idea of the kind of information they would like to share outside of their field, as they will practice framing their message in the session.