Dr Tommy Norin Elected SEB Early Career Trustee

17 May 2019 - By: SEB

Dr Tommy Norin Elected SEB Early Career Trustee

Tommy Norin - B&W

The Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) is delighted to announce that Dr Tommy Norin (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark) has been elected as the Society’s new Early Career Researcher (ECR) Trustee.

Dr Norin was elected from a ballot of 11 candidates which was open to be voted on by all members. The ECR Trustee takes up one of the positions on the SEB Council and will directly influence the future activities of the Society, providing the perspective from Early Career Scientists.

An SEB member since 2010, Dr Norin, who completed his PhD in animal (fish) physiology at Aarhus University, said he hoped to be a strong voice for the Society’s ECR members.

“My main goal would be to ensure that the SEB’s early career members feel valued and heard, and indeed are aware of the initiatives being offered to them by the SEB. I will work towards strengthening these initiatives even further and ensure that the SEB’s assets will continue to benefit its early career members in the best ways possible,” Dr Norin said.

Currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University of Denmark, Dr Norin has had a strong involvement in SEB Annual Meetings both as a session organiser and attendee and highlighted how these meetings can benefit both students and post doctoral researchers.

“I find the SEB to be remarkably good at balancing world-class scientific programs with a feeling of informality and hospitality at their meetings,” he said.

“This relaxed environment is ideal for early career researchers to network and establish connections with potential future advisors, colleagues, or employers.”

Dr Norin went on to express his desire to help young researchers benefit from these events.

“Many students have their first contact with the broader scientific community at conferences, and it can be daunting to network and present in a society full of one’s academic 'rock stars' and role models,” said Dr Norin who attended his first SEB meeting as an MSc student.

“I would like to raise even more awareness of the SEB’s motto of bringing people at all steps of their career ladder together in a relaxed atmosphere to create extraordinary connections that last a lifetime, thus ensuring that students and early career scientists in general have the very best experiences with academia and get the most out of their SEB memberships.”

The newly elected Trustee, who will be attending SEB Seville 2019, also asked that members share their views on how he can best represent them.

“I encourage everyone from first-time conference-goers to more established researchers to approach me with ideas and suggestions for how to improve the SEB for early career researchers, or simply just say hi.”

You can read about Dr Norin’s research here.

Author: SEB
Category: SEB News