2013 Postdoc Retreat Life Sciences

The PCDI Postdoc Retreat is a 3-day course for postdocs and final year PhD students on the career development process. Goal of this course is to increase the awareness of the capacities and career possibilities of early career researchers and to provide support on how to take charge of the future. By the end of the retreat participants should:
Have a clearer picture on their positioning as young scientist in society
and on their personal career preferences and goals
Be more aware of their capacities and skills but also their skill gaps
Have discovered new career paths for PhDs
Have more insights on how to increase their chances of success
in academia or industry
Have expanded their network that is supportive to their career development
Review their priorities and make a personal action plan

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Preliminary programme

Time Activity
09:30 – 10:30
Registration and coffee
10:30 – 10:45
Welcome by Lilian Menu (director Postdoc Career Development Initiative)
Introduction to the retreat
10:45 – 12:15
Shaping your career
Robert D Hall PhD
Managing Director Centre for BioSystems Genomics
Arfan Ikram MD, PhD
Assistant professor and head of neuro-epidemiologic research at the department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC
12:15 – 12:45
Introduction activity

12:45 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:45
Parallel Workshop session I: Discover your talents
Me at my best
From core qualities to careers
A vision for your future
The career walker
Reaching your goals
16:45 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 19:30
Parallel workshop session II: Present yourself!
From experiencing your core energy to achieving your goals
How to apply for a job in Chemistry and the Life Sciences industry?
Present yourself: (s)he's got style
19:30 – 21:00
21:00 – late
Day 2: Skills and Possibilities

Thursday 14 March 2013
Time Activity
07:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction of the day by keyfigure in academia
09:15 – 12:00 Use your skills to the best
Knowledge valorisation, careers in the industry and government.
Martijn Wilmer PhD
Postdoc Cells4Pharma, UMC St Radboud
Alexander Nicastia
Business Developer KERN, Radboud University Nijmegen
(duo presentation)
Petra Verhoef PhD
Manager Open Innovation for Spreads and Dressings at Unilever R&D
Titia Sijen PhD
Team leader R&D, department Human biological Traces, Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Hague.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30
Parallel workshop session III: Increase your skills
Strategic behaviour: the influence and effects of non-verbal behaviour
Communicating effectively. How to connect to people
Project management (in Dutch)
FP7 People and Ideas - Proposal Writing after 2014
16:30 – 17:00
Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30
Science in society - society in science
In this workshop participants interact in interdisciplinary groups, including participants from social science and humanities, to work on a project plan for an event that connects science and society. Core idea is that fruitful science-society interaction not only requires a society that understand science (better), but also scientists who understand science as part of society. The workshop offers practical preparation for tomorrow’s forum discussion on 'Your role as a scientist in society'.
18:30 - 19:00 Free time
19:00 – 20:30
21:00 – late
Leisure activity
Day 3: Forum Discussion & Networking

Friday 15 March 2013
07:30 – 10:00
Breakfast and check-out
10:00 - 10:15
Introduction of the day by keyfigure in academia
10:15 – 12:00 Forum discussion Your role as a scientist in society
Interact with key persons in (Life) Sciences and develop a vision on your professional mission
Prof. Louise Vet
Director Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
Prof. Cornelis van Bochove
Chair of Science Policy, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University
Pieter Gaillard
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at to-BBB technologies BV
Forum discussion - panel member 4
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch at the info-market

13:00 – 14:30
Parallel programme: Speed Date sessions & company presentations
Meet role models and get inspired by presentations on opportunities for PhD holders
to 'fuel your future'. Sessions include:
Non-research in academia
Large industry
Small & medium companies
Policy, non-profit, government and other career paths
14:30 – 15:15
Networking session
15:15 - 15:30 Wrap-up
15:30 - 16:15 Drinks
16:15 End programme

13 Mar - 15 Mar 2013

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