Previous Events 2017
Our events are all about broadening your networks and your skills, in a relaxed, fun environment (and will usually involve some great food!). If you’ve attended one of our events or you’re yet to attend and would like to see one of our events in action, pictures from the previous event are available via the menu to the left. Members can also access resources from these events, such as presentation slides, by logging into your account.
Work Vs Life: Forget about balance
To set the tone for the year ahead, our first event of 2017 was all about managing our personal and professional commitments in a way that allows us to be most productive but also happy and healthy. We were lucky to have workplace and women’s health expert Dr Linda Friedland as our guest speaker who debunked the idea of ‘balance’ and got us all talking about ways to manage our competing interests effectively. There was lots of discussion in the room with after Linda’s presentation which you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #WorkVsLife – follow the Storify here.
Debunking the innovation stereotype: beyond techies & co-working hubs
Everyone seems to be talking about innovation in science, especially in health, but the meaning of the term can be ambiguous. This means researchers can feel that it is not meant for them and instead should be left to those who we stereotypically think are involved in innovation (young male techies working in cafes on their macs!). We were lucky to have CEO of Cicada Innovations, Petra Andren, talked to us about the meaning of innovation and the critical role that researchers have in driving innovation to improve health outcomes & economic prosperity that comes with it. We also had an amazing panel who gave us tips for adopting an innovative culture using examples from their own careers. You can pick up some of those tips by following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FWInnovate – follow the Storify here.
Career Transitions Breakfast
At our Career Transition breakfast we were lucky to hear from Co-Founder and CEO of INS Career Management, Sophia Symeou, on the value of transferrable skills and how to identify the roles that match your skills but also your passions. Sophia was joined by Nicole Cawston (Aurec) and Martijn Bijker (FSTP) for a robust panel discussion on how researchers can put their best foot forward when applying for different roles and when to seek help from professionals. We were also very grateful to have a number of very inspiring researchers who have followed diverse career paths in our sector, from policy, consultancy and industry, who assumed the role of Table Mentors, sharing their experiences with other attendees. It was an excellent start to the day that challenged the idea that their is only one rewarding career pathway in the health and medical research sector. You can pick up some of those tips by following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FWCareerBFast – follow the Storify here.