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STARS School 2018: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS) School 2018: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

For Early Career Researchers: The Bioprocessing Skills School

Do you want to find out how your career might develop working for industry, the differences between industrial- and academic-driven research and how the industrial environment matches your career ambitions?  Here’s your opportunity to answer these questions and find out much more about your ability to work in teams and how the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit drives research translation.

At our week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights and advice of senior industrialists, you will take part in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship, focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas and their value to audiences and the key importance of the societal impact of industrial biotechnology.

Are you interested? If you are (a) an Early Career Researcher (normally undergoing PhD training or on first Post-doctoral positioning in an academic environment but potentially in the early stages of an industrial career), (b) working in the area of bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals or novel biological therapeutics (c) on a project that has an industrial collaborator then this could be an ideal opportunity for you.

The week-long residential programme is funded by the BBSRC (accommodation, meals and all training activities) to eligible applicants but will be limited to no more than 18 participants each year.  Each participant will be asked to make a £150 non-returnable contribution for registration once their acceptance of a place is confirmed. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Jo Flannelly (joanne.flannelly@manchester.ac.uk).

The programme will be held on 9th-14th September 2018, inclusive, at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC, Centre for Process Innovation, CPI, Darlington) and the week will start with a delegate networking dinner on the evening of Sunday 9th at the hotel.

The BioProcessing Skills School has been developed by the Universities of Manchester and Kent, in collaboration with the NBMC and BioProNET, and is funded by the BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS).

Details of the full programme will follow and the sessions will include: molecular design and development of biological therapeutics, generating the tools for self awareness, industrial-scale manufacturing process, drug formulation and delivery embedded within a series of industrial site visits and presentations from industrial practitioners and entrepreneurs.

Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/STARS_2018_Registration

ESACT Frontiers Retreat

The 2nd ESACT Frontiers Retreatwill take place in Zagreb from the 17th to 19th of October 2018

ESACT Frontiers Retreat is a platform to foster and launch early career researchers into the growing field of animal cell technology, mixing high-quality scientific sessions and dynamic workshops on personal and career development. We also aim to induce active networking between participants, so that you have the opportunity to get to know your peers, form new connections and valuable collaborations for the future.

Our scientific sessions will be a great opportunity for young researchers to present original research work, as most of science talks will be given by students and early career scientists. Poster sessions will also be extended in order to provide more time to participants to present their research and get involved in scientific discussions with peers.

The career workshop, which is a great opportunity to get in touch with some senior ESACT members and benefit from their experience, has been re-designed in a more interactive format and it will provide important tools to shape your professional future.

In the personal mentoring workshop, we are happy to announce Michael Heath again as one of our speakers. This year’s workshop focus on “Soft skills and personal development” to help you identify and improve important personality traits in a relaxed working atmosphere.

This meeting is open to the entire cell culture community, including non-ESACT members, so please spread the word among your colleagues! Abstract Submission will open soon and submission deadline is on the 23rd of April.

More information https://esact.org/esact-frontiers/

2018 Science Meeting prize winners

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Conratulations to the winners of the poster and short talk prizes at our 4th annual science meeting, who received their prizes from Karen Lewis of the BBSRC (far left).

The winners were Rochelle Aw, Imperial College London – 1st prize talk (pictured 2nd left); Eva Pekle, MedImmune & Univserity of Kent – 2nd prize talk (pictured middle); Tania Selas Castiñeiras, Cobra Biologics – 3rd talk prize; Hirra Hussain, University of Manchester – 1st prize poster, Natalie Talbot, University of Kent – 2nd prize poster (pictured 2nd right) and James Budge, University of Kent – 3rd poster prize (pictured far right).

The Bioprocessing Skills School

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The first Bioprocessing Skills School took place on September 11-15th, 2017 at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, Darlington

“Important for my career development, fantastic experience”
“Absolutely brilliant, positively challenging environment and inspirational speakers”
“Enlightening, insightful, friendly, open environment to develop oneself”
“Excellent experience learning about teamwork and bioprocessing”
“Great experience, motivating, great opportunity to nurture and build connections”

The course was a week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights of industrialists, were delegates participated in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship and focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas.

It is anticipated that another BioProcessing Skills School will run in September 2018. More details will be posted when available.

ECR resources

Five things to leave of your industry CV
When it comes to writing an industry CV, less is more. The objective statement, job dutues and a publication list should all go.
https://jobs.newscientist.com/en-gb/article/5-things-intelligent-scientists-should-leave-off-their-industry-cvs/

Preparing future professionals by enhancing workforce readiness
Nature Biotechnology 34,111–113doi:10.1038/nbt.3459
A new course aims to help combat the absence of sufficient workforce preparedness for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Vitae website: Vitae is an organisation that works to meet society’s need for high-level skills and innovation. Vitae is dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development.

The future of the postdoc
Intersting article from Nature News on the “post-doc pile-up”:
There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way. Click here for the full story.

Is the idea of the postdoc position obsolete in today’s scientific landscape?
Responses to the above question, asked by Science.

Emerging network of resources for exploring paths beyond academia
An article that looks at the expanding collection of resources is helping trainees acquire important knowledge about careers outside academia – it’s quite US-focused but the points reaised are widely applicable.