PCDI Postdoc Retreat - Life Sciences

PhD and postdocs, how can you turn your talent into a career? Get inspired at the PCDI Postdoc Retreat!

A solid publication record, in-dept knowledge and scientific techniques will pave your way to academic success, but there is more you can do to increase your chances. And also outside academic research, your PhD is valuable. How can you make the most of your talent? Find out at the PCDI Postdoc Retreat, a 3-day course to help you identify skills, create a vision, explore the extent of your possibilities and set new priorities towards the future. More than 1,000 early career researchers have already taken part, including scientist from abroad. Upcoming edition is targeting PhD students and postdocs in the broad spectrum of Life Sciences. Visit www.pcdi.nl for more info about the course and people to contact to find out about your funding possibilities.
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Day 1: This is Me!

Wednesday 25 March 2015
Time Activity
09:30 - 10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30 - 10:45 Welcome and introduction
Lilian Menu
Director Postdoc Career Development Initiative
10:45 - 12:15 Shaping your career in academia
Prof. Vinod Subramaniam
Director and group leader nanoscale biophysicsat FOM Institute AMOLF

Prof. Rosalie Luiten
Head Experimental Dermatology at AMC

12:15 - 12:45 Introduction activity
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:45 Parallel Workshop session I: Discover your talents
- From core qualities to careers
- The career walker
- Develop your strength
- Reaching your goals
16:45 - 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 - 19:30 Parallel Workshop session II: Present yourself!
- Present yourself: (S)he's got style
- How to apply for a job in Chemistry and the Life Sciences Industry
- From experiencing your core energy to achieving your goals
19:30 - 21:00 Dinner
21:00 - late Drinks

Day 2: Skills and Possibilities

Thursday 26 March 2015
Time Activity
07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction of the day
09:15 - 12:00 Use your skills to the best
Three lectures by PhDs on how they currently work on in knowledge
valorisation, in the industry or in the non-profit sector.

Wendy Mackus, PhD
Director - Department Head Oral Healthcare at Philips Research

Angelique Nielen, PhD
Coordinating policy officer animal welfare at Ministry of Economic
Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation

Stefan Braam, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer at Pluriomics
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
- Communicating effectively: How to connect to people?
- European individual grant proposals (Horizon 2020) - writing for an
- Negotiation
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 - 18:30 Workshop: A vision of your future
18:30 - 19:00 Free time
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
21:00 - late Leisure activity

Day 3: Forum Discussion & Networking

Friday 27 March 2015
Time Activity
07:30 - 10:00 Breakfast and check-out
10:00 - 10:15 Introduction of the day
10:15 - 12:00 Forum discussion Your role as a science professional in society
Interact with key persons in science and develop a vision on your
position in society
- Prof. Gerrit van Meer
Dean of UU - faculty of Science
- Mirjam Leloux, PhD
Director Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) - UvA
- Prof. Carlie de Vries
Professor in Medical Cell Biochemistry - AMC
- Jos de Jonge
Coordinator in Science System Assessment - Rathenau Instituut
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Parallel networking programme:
speeddate sessions, company presentations and workshop scientific
integrity. Meet role models, get inspired by presentations on
opportunities for PhD holders. Invited guests include PhDs in
academia (non-research), large industry, small & medium-sized
entreprises, policy, non-profit organisations, government and other
career paths.
14:30 - 15:15 Meet 'n Greet networking session
15:15 - 15:30 Wrap-up
15:30 - 16:45 Drinks
16:15 End programme
Last updated on 19 February 2015

25 Mar - 27 Mar 2015

Heeze, the Netherlands
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