Watch talks from the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology PhD & Postdoc Career Day

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For the first time the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology ran an all-day career event (9 July) aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. Speakers were recruited from across industry, the charitable sector and academia to provide an insight into their career path and their current role. Participants were offered the chance to meet speakers after their talk for one to one sessions, and there was also time to network during breaks and at the drinks reception. 

The Institute thanked Dr Helene Pun-Favreau for chairing and for organising the event with Ms Anna Foakes, Ms Elizabeth Halton, Dr Giovanna Lalli (UK DRI Director of Scientific Affairs) and Mr David Blundred (Careers Liaison Officer). The event was also live streamed thanks to support from the Institutes Medical Illustration team and UCL media services, and some recordings from the day can be watched by following the links below. 

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I thought this was one of the best of these events that I have been to. There was such a diverse range of speakers and even professions that one could pursue as an alternative to the 'traditional career'. attendee

All the talks are now available to watch on video - just click on the session subheading below:

Session 1

  • Millie Dearman, Wellcome Policy team: a snippet on building your CV
  • Dr Peter Atkinson, Director, Head of UK Open Innovation Eisai Limited: A Career In Open Innovation Drug Discovery (06:45)

Session 2

  • Dr Rebecca Wright, Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience: Scientific Editing as a Career 
  • Elodie Chabrol: Science Communication (23:50)
  • Dr Giovanna Lalli, Director of Scientific Affairs, UK Dementia Research Institute: Love What You Do, My Career Pathway (42:37)

Session 3

  • Dr Patrick Lewis, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading: Life as a Lecturer 
  • Dr Selina Wray, Senior Research Fellow, Alzheimer's Research UK: Building a Career in Academic Research (27:50) 
  • Dr Rob Pitceathly, MRC Clinician Scientist & Honorary Consultant Neurologist: Clinical Academic Career (54:12)

Session 4

  • Rhoda Castaneda, Clinical Studies Manager, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Careers Talk
  • Carol Roberts, Intellectual Property Lawyer (no slides, 19:18)
  • Dr Melanie Bradnam, Strategic Research Facilitator, SLMS Research Coordination Office: Careers Talk (38:08)
I really enjoyed the event, excellent speakers and very interesting balance of careers, I have been inspired to check some things out and hopefully I have started building a good network. attendee

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