One-day pre-ASM meeting for ECRs, Dublin, 2015

road-368719_640“Forging a career in academia: A survival kit”

1st September 2015

Printing House Hall, Trinity College Campus,

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

If you are an Early Career Researcher attending ASM this year, we are organising a free one-day workshop titled ‘Forging a career in academia: a survival kit’, to be held on Tuesday 1 September, between 09:00 and 17:00, at Printing House Hall, Trinity College Campus, Dublin. Please see the programme here for more information. We have a great line-up of speakers including SSM President Professor Simon Capewell.. The workshop is free for all the ECRs attending ASM 2015 and will have a great line-up of speakers including SSM President Prof Simon Capewell. You can register for the ECR workshop, when you fill in the conference registration form. Please indicate that you are an ECR, in order to be offered the option of attending the ECR workshop.  Priority will be given to those attending ASM (either one day or full conference packages). If you are unable to attend ASM this year and you are an ECR member of the Society interested to attend the ECR workshop, please contact the ECR Chair Dorina Cadar at to be added to the waiting list.

Registration for the main conference includes accommodation options. If you are looking to book your own accommodation in Dublin, click this link for a list of alternative options.

Time Topic Speakers
9:00-9:30 Welcome and registration
9:30-9:40 Introduction – Overall programme for the day Dorina Cadar
9:40-10:00 Finding a job·         When to apply, where to look, how to approach people about positions beforehand TonyRobertson
10:00-10:45 Getting the job·         Writing applications/ CVs/cover letters

·         Interview tips

·         Picking referees

·         Competency based interviews

Peter Tennant,& Tony Robertson

& Sarah Gibney

10:45-11:00 Panel Discussion – Jobs All above
                                                                                   11:00-11:30 Break            
11:30-12:15 Negotiation/difficult conversations·         Rights and responsibilities of postdocs/teaching fellows/PIs

·         Making sure your contribution is valued

·         Dealing with difficult people

·         Departmental cultures

Mark Kelson & Peter Tenant
12:15-12:30 Panel Discussion – Negotiation/difficult conversations All above
12:45-13:00 Mentoring·         What, how, who, when and where?

·         Achieving a work-life balance

Simon Capewell & Sara Ronzi
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Thinking strategically about your career·         Maximising future career opportunities by building relationships, networking tips, thinking about impact and future collaborations, not just publications Simon Capewell & Mark Kelson
14:45-15:00 Panel Discussion – Thinking strategically about your career All above
15:00-15:30 Skills and Training·         Acquisition of skills, practical tips

·         Management training

·         Making the   most of your position

·         Learning to say no sometimes to new opportunities

·         Dealing with new challenges (not taking on board more than necessary and managing additional responsibilities such as supervising staff and students)

Becca Lacey &Sarah Gibney
15:30-15:45 Panel Discussion – Skills and training
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-16:45 Next steps: Fellowships/Grants and Lectureships·         Fellowship/starter grants (grantsmanship)

·         Tenured positions (usually teaching heavy jobs)

·         Writing yourself into a grant proposal

·         PI/applicant relationship dynamics

Ellen Flint &Justin Synnott
16:45-16:55 Panel Discussion – Fellowships and grantsmanship All above
16:55-17:00 Closing remarks – The benefits of being an ECR SSM Member Dorina Cadar

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