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Bioscience Careers Workshop (aimed at Masters and PhD Students)

Bioscience Careers Workshop (aimed at Masters and PhD Students)

Norwich BioScience Institutes, Norwich Research Park Conference Centre
20 May 2013
Cost: FREE to Biochemical Society members (£20 for non-members)

This is the fourth in a series of stand-alone Biochemical Society careers workshops that aims to give students, and those in the early stages of a scientific career, information about the wide range of different careers which are available to those who have Bioscience degrees and PhDs. The event is FREE to members.

The afternoon will begin with an interactive workshop on effective career management, followed by the opportunity to speak to a range of professionals who have used their Life Science degrees to progress in a variety of different careers. You will find out about why they chose their particular paths, what their jobs involve and what they have done to be successful.

The day will finish off with refreshments and networking.




Sarah Blackford, Careers Developmental Professional
Head of Education and Public Affairs, Society for Experimental Biology
Expert guidance and information from Sarah usually makes the process of moving on in your career a lot easier. Sarah Blackford is a qualified careers adviser and coach who provides career development support for Bioscience students and researchers as well as the wider community. Working on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology, and with an additional background in research and science publishing, Sarah also manages the education and training programme, edits the membership's newsletter and handles public relations and policy advocacy.

Tristan MacLean, BBSRC Inspiring Young Scientists Co-ordinator

I am a former biochemist, lecturer  and science teacher. I studied for a PhD with Edinburgh University at the National CJD Surveillance Unit and did post-doctoral work on prions before obtaining my PGCE at Durham University.  Currently appointed by BBSRC as the Inspiring Young Scientists Co-ordinator I arrange a variety of events and activities to engage young people in science.  My role involves coordinating educational outreach and supporting effective engagement with secondary schools and young people for BBSRC funded researchers and institutes.

Pooja Saxena, Postdoctoral Researcher, John Innes Centre
I have recently completed my Ph.D. in Prof. George Lomonossoff’s lab in the department of Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre. My Ph.D. project involved developing cowpea mosaic virus for uses in nanotechnology. I am now working as a post-doc in the same lab exploring a new approach to combat viral infections in crops, which involves the transient expression of different viral coat proteins in plants to confer viral resistance.

Paul Taylor, Staff Editor, Portland Press
After completing a bioinformatics Ph.D. at the University of Manchester followed by a post-doc at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology I moved into science publishing 3 years ago. I currently work as a Staff Editor in the Editorial Department of Portland Press, a subsidiary of the Biochemical Society. My role involves working on all stages of the editorial and production process from the receipt of manuscripts to publication for the journals, books and other publications that Portland Press produces.

Emma Fellows, Senior Sales Representative, Life Technologies Limited

After completing my Masters degree in Immunology and Infection at the University of Birmingham in 2005, I moved to Sydney, Australia.  I worked for Roche Diagnostics Applied Science Division, firstly in a marketing role and then moved into an Account Manager position.  After seven years in Australia, I moved back to the UK last year and started working at Life Technologies as a Senior Sales Representative. I specialize in next generation sequencing and real-time PCR instrumentation, selling into both clinical and research accounts.

Lindsay Napier, Senior Medical Writer, Darwin Healthcare Communications

I completed my degree and PhD at UEA, and 5 years of post-doctoral research at the University of Essex and at Kings College London, before moving into Medical Writing 6 years ago. My current role involves assisting pharmaceutical companies and authors with the writing of primary manuscripts from drug trials, review articles, abstracts and posters for scientific meetings, and a variety of other medical information and education materials.



13:30-14:00 Registration with refreshments

14:00-14:10 Introduction from Alexa Hime, Acting Head of Education, Biochemical Society

14:10-15:30 Interactive Workshop on 'Effective Career Management' with Sarah Blackford, a qualified careers advisor based at the Society for Experimental Biology

15:30-16:15 Speed networking sessions, with small groups talking to one speaker at a time. You will have the opportunity to talk directly to speakers of your choice, in back-to-back 15-minute sessions


16:15-16:30 Coffee/tea break

16:30-17:15 Speed networking session continued

17:15-18:30 Refreshments and networking


Speaker sessions will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.


The event will take place at the Norwich Research Park Conference Centre in the Watson ansd Crick seminar room. Information on how to travel to the venue can be found on the Norwich BioScience Institutes website.


Members of the Biochemical Society: FREE (Credit card details will be taken when you register, and a £10 administration fee will be taken if you do not attend. If you cancel your registration after 10 May 2013, a £10 administration fee will also be taken.)

Non Member: £20


Please note: Biochemical Society membership is available at £10 for Undergraduates and £18 for Postgraduates. For more information please see our membership page.


For further information about the workshop email education@biochemistry.org