Parallel Session 3 - Mapping your PhD or Post-doc journey now

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 - 16:00 - 17:30
coming soon

Majority of the PhDs and post-docs wait till the last minute of their research position to plan their next career journeys. This is ultimately leaving them in a lot of stress. What if you plan your career simultaneous with your research? How can you make most out of as a scientist? What could you be doing more strategical, intentional, assertive during your life as a scientist? This session explores how to navigate your journey as a PhD/post-doc or senior researcher to think about your career goals and ambitions. How to plan from the beginning of your journey to develop mental and emotional disciplines to fit with the competitive research environment. This session is mainly for those early and experienced researchers who wants to get prepared for the future career journeys in academia and beyond.

Speakers

Bala Attili
Bala Attili, PhD is currently serving as Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) executive committee member and treasurer. Previously, he was a board member and chair of BeNeLux chapter and active contributor to internal governance and chapter management working group. Dr Attili is currently working at the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK- Cancer Institute at Cambridge, United Kingdom. Apart from the above mentioned professional life and qualifications, Bala is also active in non-profit organizations such as iCare (Leuven volunteer organization for old and physically challenged people). Since 2014, Bala is a Mo-Bro: An activist at the Movember foundation campaign for male prostate cancer awareness.
Karen Stroobants
As a policy adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, UK, I write policy documents and advocacy plans to influence regulation related to research environments, researcher careers and open science. I transitioned to a career in policy after I concluded my Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where I worked on the molecular understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. I became an active member of MCAA over three years ago and am vice-chair of the MCAA Policy Working Group since 2018.

Moderators

Bala Attili
Bala Attili, PhD is currently serving as Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) executive committee member and treasurer. Previously, he was a board member and chair of BeNeLux chapter and active contributor to internal governance and chapter management working group. Dr Attili is currently working at the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK- Cancer Institute at Cambridge, United Kingdom. Apart from the above mentioned professional life and qualifications, Bala is also active in non-profit organizations such as iCare (Leuven volunteer organization for old and physically challenged people). Since 2014, Bala is a Mo-Bro: An activist at the Movember foundation campaign for male prostate cancer awareness.