2016 early career researcher event

BioProNET early career research event 2016
September 6–7th Brighton Mercure Seafront Hotel

Many thanks to everyone who made this event a sucess!


The programme for the 2016 event reflected feedback from delegates at last year’s highly successful meeting; delegates said they wanted more time to focus on CVs, cover letters, being interviewed (and interviewing) and preparation for job applications, as well as presentation skills. The facilitators and presenters at this year’s event had considerable experience of recruiting for bioprocessing- and indistrial biotechnology-related careers.

We were pleased to welcome Martin Popplewell and his team from Coconut Communications to this event to deliver the media training sessions. Martin has more than 25 years of experience working in journalism, including at the BBC, Sky News and ITN.

In the media training session, delegated worked in small groups (6 people) with a trainer in a practical session where they prepared for an interview, were interviewed and then received a personal review and critic of their performance.  They will have two interviews, allowing them to learn and improve, and they received receive a copy of their interviews and a booklet covering the theory of good media interviews.

Day 1 Tuesday 6th September: Presentation and media skills
13.00 Arrival and lunch
14.00 Introduction and interactive group activity
14.30 Presentation and media training part one – Coconut Communications
15.30 Coffee break
15.30 Presentation and media training part two – Coconut Communications
17.30 Social session – Brighton pier and funfair
20.00 Dinner in hotel

Day 2 Wednesday 7th September: CV, interview and interviewing skills*
9.00 Keynote speaker and activities – Tony Bradshaw, Knowledge Transfer Network
10.00 Parallel sessions 1. CV clinic, interview and interviewing in small groups with facilitator
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 Parallel sessions 2. Expert talks – recruiting, CVs and interviews plus Q&A sessions
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Departure

Paul Stephens – UCB
Amanda Weiss – Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Paul Davis – Mologic
Andrew Staphnill – University of Cardiff
Mark Smales – University of Kent
Alan Dickson – University of Manchester
Tony Bradshaw – Knowledge Transfer Network
Jamie Parkin – BBSRC
James Winterburn – University of Manchester