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Standing for chair-THUMB
Standing up for the chair
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Most postdocs never get the opportunity to chair a session, let alone a session at a Gordon conference. Here, Cornelia Eisenach (University of Zurich) gives a personal account of her recent experience chairing a session at ‘Breaking Technical Limits: Electrophysiology and Cell Biology of Organellar Channels and Transporters’

Adding value to your research experience
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Organised and presented by Sarah Blackford (Head of Education & Public Affairs, SEB) and Caroline Wood (PhD student, Sheffield University, UK), this year’s pre-conference Careers Day focussed on enhancing careers through extra-research activities and communication.

Don't plead for your career- take the lead
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

Universities present a unique working environment. Those primarily concerned with the business of research, measure their success on the basis of their academic achievements, which include peer-reviewed research papers, research income, student results and graduate destinations. In recent times, universities have started to be considered as global businesses, competing to attract international student ‘customers’, focussing on enterprise and generating patents, outsourcing teaching and other ‘services’ whilst paying serious attention to global and national rankings.

Public engagement, impact statements and the media
Autumn 2014
27 October 2014

Researchers are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the relevance of their work to the general population – but what does this mean in practice? As this session, organised by Anne Osterrieder, at the SEB 2014 Annual Meeting in Manchester demonstrated, public engagement should be seen as an enriching, creative experience rather than an obligation.