UCL Neuroscience Career Network
Alternative Careers Seminar
You love science but do not see your future in a lab?
One of the most difficult decisions for a PhD student or PostDoc is whether or not to pursue a career in academia. To support you in making informed choices about what to do next, we have invited three speakers who share their experiences in transitioning from science to patent law, science communication and consulting.
When & Where:
Tuesday 9th December 2014
4:00-5:00pm (followed by a drinks reception)
33 Queen Square, Basement Lecture Theatre
Dr Sally Bannan
European Patent Attorney
Dr Sally Bannan is a European patent attorney working for the Healthcare division of General Electric. She qualified in 2007 after successfully passing a professional examination known as the European Qualifying Examination. To be eligible to sit this exam, it is necessary to have a degree in a science or engineering subject. Her BSc in biochemistry (National University of Ireland, Galway) meets this requirement, although she also has an MSc from Queen's University, Belfast and a PhD from the University of Leeds. Before deciding to train as a patent attorney, she worked as a research scientist in industry.
Dr Laura Phipps
Science Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK
Dr Laura Phipps is Science Communications Manager at Alzheimer's Research UK. Her team is involved in media and PR work, helping to promote the charity’s research to the public, producing health information leaflets about dementia and supporting over 700 scientists in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Network. She completed her DPhil in Cancer Biology at the University of Oxford in 2011 before joining Alzheimer’s Research UK in the Science Communications Team.
Dr Rebecca Ross
Associate at McKinsey & Company
Dr Rebecca Ross graduated from The Queen's College Oxford in 2011, having completed a DPhil in Plant Sciences. After graduating she joined the House of Commons as a specialist advisor to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She supported the Committee’s inquiries into a range of topics from the Common Agricultural Policy to rural communities in the UK uplands to the price of milk. After leaving the House of Commons, she joined a small non-profit company based in Kenya that helps smallholder farmers to improve their agricultural productivity and food security through appropriate use of farming technology. In 2012, Rebecca joined McKinsey & Company, which is a global management consultancy. McKinsey advises leaders in government, business and the social sector on their most pressing problems, which could range from strategy to turnarounds to disaster relief.
When & Where
UCL Neuroscience Careers Network (NCN)
The UCL Neuroscience Careers Network (NCN) seeks to promote the professional development of UCL Neuroscientists. The network provides opportunities for neuroscientists to meet their peers, to share ideas, experience and initiate collaborations. It also provides a platform for careers advice and the dissemination of information regarding jobs, training and funding opportunities. The NCN is organised by a committee made up of representatives from a variety of departments under the UCL Neuroscience Domain and includes both post-doctoral researchers and PIs.