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East Anglia branch

An online workshop aimed at providing career advice to ECRs, PHD students and postdocs.

In a world that is conducted more and more online, it's vital that researchers are adept at the art of presenting themselves professionally and effectively to potential collaborators and employers, as well as engaging in networking activities. Even so, with in-person events coming back again, there also represents invaluable platforms for researchers to engage with others, with the prospect of finding new information and leveraging potential connections. 

Effective communication and engaging with others are the cornerstones of academic life, as well as being a springboard into other careers. In this workshop, PhD and early career researchers will learn about how to review their current self-presentation and networking presence, with a view to making improvements to their career aims. 

Attendees will also be able to examine their current engagement activities and consider areas for further development and wider reach. 


14:00-14:05   Welcome 
14:05-14:25   Talk by Sarah Blackford, educations career adviser 
14:25-14:35   Q&A and discussion 
14:35-15:05   Breakout rooms for group work 
15:05-15:15   Summary and event close 

Workshop lead 

Sarah Blackford, Warwick University, is a qualified higher education careers adviser with a background in bioscience research, publishing, education and outreach. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an honorary teaching fellow at Lancaster University, Sarah specialises in providing career development education to doctoral and early career researchers and has been delivering career workshops and one-to one coaching for over 25 years in research institutions, universities, EU consortia and doctoral training programmes. As a registered career practitioner with a Career Development Institute (CDI) and the Association for Graduate Careers Services (AGCAS), Sarah adheres to a recognised ethical code of practice. 

Cost and booking

This is a free event and intended for PhD students, postdocs and early career researchers. Spaces are limited so advanced registration is essential through the link at the top of the page.  

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 3 CPD points. 


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