CATO runs a number of events to support the development of clinical academics/researchers across the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). The events are for clinical staff from all AHSC partner members: Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH), Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBHT, Affiliate) who are either already doing or interested in undertaking research.
On this page you will find details about upcoming CATO events, materials from previous events and other news that we hope will be of interest to you.
Current CATO Events
Academic Opportunities for Junior Doctors (in-person) event
Date: Monday 9 October 2023
Time: 14.00 - 16.35
Location: Scale Space White City (Imperial College Campus) 58 Wood Lane, W12 7RZ
This event aimed at Junior Doctors working at Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre Trusts will provide information about kick-starting and developing your clinical academic career. You are strongly encouraged to attend if you are considering an academic career or thinking about undertaking a PhD. Bookings are welcome even if applicants are only able to attend for part of the afternoon. A great opportunity to meet and network with other junior doctors.
Preparing for Fellowship Interviews (PhD or post-doctoral)
Date: Tuesday 10 October 2023
Time: 09.00 - 13.00
Location: Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus
Worried about your Fellowship interview? Been a while since you’ve done an interview? Come along to this interactive and practical in-person session to help you understand what to expect and how you can best prepare.
This session is aimed at clinical academics/clinical researchers from all clinical professions working towards research fellowship awards/roles at PhD level or beyond. The training will cover generic interview skills.
Current CATO Events
Preparing for a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship application:
Date: Tuesday 17 October 2023
Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Location: St Mary's Medical School, St Mary's Campus, Norfolk Place, London, W2 1PG
This free afternoon session has been designed for NMAHPPs who are considering applying for a pre-doctoral fellowship this year or next year.
This session is suitable for those applying to any Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme. You will hear about different fellowships available, how they vary and what factors you need to consider to be successful. You will learn from the experiences of a successful fellowship applicant and take part in round table discussions.
Starting and Growing Your Research Career - Q&A special
Date: Friday 10 November
Time: 12.30 - 13.30
In this FREE, virtual, lunchtime session you will get the chance to ask your burning questions to our clinical academics. This session is suitable for those who have both attended a 'Starting and Growing' session before, and those who haven't.
Unlike other ‘Starting and Growing Your Research Career’ sessions, this session won’t contain any formal presentations or information sharing; instead, it's an opportunity for you to steer the discussion in any direction you choose and to put your questions to our expert panel.
Guidance to applicants
Demand for CATO courses is high, therefore you are expected to manage your booking carefully and to cancel with adequate notice, allowing your place to be offered to others. If you feel it necessary to cancel your place on the day of the course, please contact the CATO team as early as possible so they can make a note of your absence.
All correspondence about courses will be sent by email, so applicants are advised to check their email accounts regularly for updates.
All CATO events are provided free of charge to participants. However, to plan and deliver the events requires considerable time and work from CATO colleagues, speakers and others. All CATO events are funded through the partners of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre and Affiliates (Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals (Affiliate)).