San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Who is this event for?
PhD students, MSc students and postdoctoral researchers from all universities and institutes who are interested in finding out about career options beyond academia.
About the event
NEON21 is a careers conference designed specifically for research students and staff. We have invited a range of speakers, the majority of whom have a PhD and postdoctoral experience, to present and who are all now pursuing careers outside of academia. The event is designed to demonstrate alternative options that researchers may wish to consider if they are approaching the end of their PhD, postdoctoral contract or if they just want to find out more about what's out there. In addition to the talks there will be an opportunity for networking and engagement with the speakers.
It is becoming increasingly challenging for researchers to reach faculty level positions, despite the fact that they have considerable experience and well developed skill sets, and there are still growing numbers of PhD students and postdocs. NEON21 aims to give an overview of the other opportunities that are available.
10:30 – 10:45 Registration
10:45 – 10:50 Introduction
Session 1: Knowledge transfer
10:50 – 11:15 Serena Broadway – How did I get here?
11:15 – 11:40 Wendy Nicolson – Wendy’s (alternate) career
11:40 – 12:05 Elizabeth Fairley – Focus your mindset for growth
12:05 – 12:20 Panel session 1
12:20 - 12:25 Lucy Robertson, Enterprise Campus
12:25 – 13:15 Lunch (café lunch & drink £5 per person)
Session 2: Building on your academic roots
13:15 – 13:40 Andrew Broadway – Changing tack
13:40 – 14:05 Juliet Kenicer - Could a career in clinical science be right for you?
14:05 – 14:30 Phill Jones - Necessity is the mother of (re-)invention: Adapting to thrive in the new economy.
14:30 – 14:45 Panel session 2
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
Session 3: What career paths do PhDs take?
15:15 – 15:30 Carol Macdonald, Careers Consultant, University of Edinburgh
15:30 – 15:55 Julie Nixon – From Lab to Law
15:55 – 16:20 Rhona Hutchon - What do employers look for?
16:20 – 16:30 Panel session
The majority of our speakers have a PhD and most also have postdoctoral research experience. They are now all currently working in non-academic careers. We are still adding to and finalising the programme which will be announced soon and will include a mixture of individual talks, Q & A sessions and panel dicussions. Our confirmed speakers include:
Julie Nixon, Solicitor, MBM Commercial
Before joining MBM Commercial in 2012, Julie was a postdoctoral research scientist in molecular biology. Previous posts include postdoctoral research positions at Harvard and Edinburgh Universities. She has a particular focus on MBM Commercial's life science clients, actively engages with staff at several bio incubators and has mentored life science entrepreneurs. Julie advises clients on a wide range of commercial contracts and IP issues, including licensing IP rights, e-commerce and collaboration agreements.
Phill Jones, Head of Publisher Outreach, Digital Science/ Macmillan Publishers
In a former life, Phill was a cross-disciplinary research scientist with a PhD in physics. He held a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, working in bio-physics and neuroscience, despite having originally started out as a plasma physicist at the UK atomic energy authority. He has also worked as a microscopy consultant and scientific advisor for a number of startups and small companies.
Phill joined Digital Science as Head of Publisher Outreach in 2014. Phill has spent much of his career working on projects that use technology to accelerate scientific discovery. He joined us from portfolio company ReadCube, where he held the position of VP of Business Development. Prior to Digital Science, he was the Editorial Director at Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the first academic video journal. Phill is a member the SSP educational committee and the STM association early career publishers and future lab committees.
Andrew Broadway, Environmental Consultant
Andrew's background is environmental chemistry with a PhD focussed on contaminated land and human health risk. Andrew has worked in both commercial and public sector analytical laboratories. He now works as an Environmental Consultant, investigating and remediating contaminant land for a wide variety of industrial clients.
Juliet Kenicer, Clinical Scientist, NHS
Dr. Juliet Kenicer began her scientific career in 2003 after graduating with an honours degree in microbiology from the University of Edinburgh. For three years she built upon the foundations of her laboratory and interpretive skills whilst working as a technician and research assistant both at the University of Edinburgh and at CRUK. In 2006 she began her PhD at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre investigating the molecular pathways involved in resistance to chemotherapeutic agents commonly used to treat breast cancer. After completion of her PhD, the translational aspects of her project lead her to move into a career in clinical science in the NHS, and back into the field of microbiology and infectious disease. She has particularly enjoyed her work as a trainee and will soon become a state registered clinical scientist. She is looking forward to telling us of her positive experience as a clinical scientist and hopefully encouraging a few people to consider it as a career option.
Serena Broadway, KTN Manager, Knowledge Transfer Network
Serena is a Knowledge Transfer Manager for The Knowledge Transfer Network. Her role involves assisting companies to innovate, she does this by facilitating partnerships, organising events and assisting with funding applications. Her academic background is in nutrition and she has conducted research with several large companies and also has experience in working for a small life sciences company.
Rebecca Hutchon, Director, Harvey Nash
Rhona has more than 15 years’ experience of recruitment and set up Harvey Nash Scotland 6 years ago in Edinburgh, more recently opening a second office in Glasgow. From blue-chips to start-ups she works with some of the best companies in Scotland and helps people find their perfect job. Specialising in Executive Search and Technology recruitment, she has grown Harvey Nash Scotland from a small team of consultants to one of the most successful recruitment companies in the country.
Elizabeth Fairley, EFB Services
Elizabeth graduated with an Honours degree in Genetics from the University of Aberdeen in 1997 and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2001 where she worked on Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. In 2007, she established her own scientific consultancy business, which has enabled her to rapidly broaden her knowledge and be involved in numerous life science and clinical business development projects. She has worked with spin-out, start-up and growing life science and clinical companies and has hands-on experience of the challenges and how these can be overcome to ensure commercial success, increased profit and economic growth. Elizabeth is also a Saltire Fellow of the Saltire Foundation.
Wendy graduated in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh in 1989, gained a PhD in molecular virology (1994) and obtained an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Management School in 1999. Wendy started her career as a bench scientist with Glaxo Research & Development working on the clinical development of therapeutics for HIV. Prior to joining ERI Wendy worked for ILEX Services, a specialist contract research organisation serving the oncology market. Wendy currently sits on the BBSRC Committee responsible for the award of fellowships and other personal awards, is a member of the ECCi Executive Committee and of the Edinburgh BioQuarter Executive Group. Wendy joined Edinburgh Research & Innovation in December 1999 and is now the Head of Business Development covering two thematic areas of Commercial Relations and IP Commercialisation.
Carol Macdonald, Careers Consultant, University of Edinburgh
Carol is a careers consultant focussing on projects relating to postgraduate support. She is a social science graduate with extensive experience of working within university careers services. Prior to working in the higher education sector she gained experience within schools and Further Education Colleges.
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