Writing an Effective Scientific Research Article

Dr. Umair bin Waheed

Date: January 9 - 13, 2022

The purpose of a scientific article is not the mere presentation of information and thought. Rather it is actual communication. An article describing a great scientific discovery may mean nothing unless a large majority of the reading audience accurately perceives what the author had in mind. Therefore, to improve writing, we must understand how readers go about reading and interpreting texts. Such an understanding is vital for young scientific writers to ensure that their work is well received by the scientific community.  The proposed workshop offers in-class discussion and one to- one conferences with participants on effective scientific writing. The goal is to develop participants’ expertise in four areas central to writing  effectively.

Interviews for Jobs Outside Academia

Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

Date: January 26, 2022

Interviews outside academia are often quite different to academic job interviews. In this session, you will learn what to expect and how to prepare for these types of interview. Whatever job you are applying for, this session will give you the tools to prepare well and go into the interview confidently to perform at your best.

Get that Paper Written and Published

Dr. David Jones

Date: February 1 & 3, 2022

Learn the skills of writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals. Many researchers struggle with writing papers. However, there are effective strategies to help you get your research papers written and published. During this webinar, through practical exercises and discussions, you will examine all the steps in the writing process, and start drafting your own paper.

Networking - A Strategic Approach

Dr. David Jones

Date: February 8, 2022

Networking is frequently misunderstood, and often gets an undeserved bad press. Effective networking is about recognising and cultivating professional and social capital. University is an ideal environment from which to discover a rich network of contacts that may help you throughout your career. This webinar introduces a proactive approach to developing your own network. It explains how to incorporate networking into your career planning, and how to build genuine relationships. It also includes practical tips to help you “work the room”, and to promote yourself in conversations without appearing pushy or arrogant.

Planning a Career Change

Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

Date: February 10, 2022

Are you interested in moving out of academia and into a different career? In this course, you will learn how to approach a career change in a positive way. This includes how to research your options, network, and approach making decisions. The course will cover some of the typical careers that postdocs move into and give information on how to work out what would suit you best.

Making the Most of Your Postdoc

The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

Date: March 28 - 30, 2022

This course is designed to equip you with the skills and resources you need to achieve success as a postdoc and launch your career as a researcher. It is a three-day course for postdocs in their first two years. In a structured and supportive environment facilitated by experienced trainers, you will gain a thorough understanding of your career options and develop tools and techniques to help you set and reach a series of short, medium and long term goals to maximise your success as a postdoc and plan for your next step.

Interview for Academic Jobs

Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

Date: March 1, 2022

In this session, you will learn what to expect for the different types of academic interviews and what the interview panels are typically looking for. You will find out what interview questions to expect and how to prepare to answer them with confidence.

Writer's Clinic

Dr. David Jones

Date: March 8 - 9, 2022

The Writer’s Clinic consists of 20-minute online slots in which you can discuss your own personal writing issues with Dr. David Jones. The aim of these confidential, 1-to-1 sessions is to give practical guidance to help you move stalled papers forward to final completion and publication. They’re a safe space in which you can discuss problems you may be reluctant to raise with your supervisor or line manager. David can provide independent advice on how to overcome obstacles that are preventing you from publishing your research. Any specific problems to do with the writing of your papers can be discussed. However, please note, the clinics don’t cover experimental design, statistical analysis, or writing grant applications, nor can they provide a technical editing service.

Planning for Success Beyond your Postdoc

The Postdoc and Fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

Date: March 14 - 15, 2022

This course is designed to help experienced postdocs (usually with two to four years of postdoc experience) to take their next career step, academic or otherwise. During the course, you will be encouraged to explore your career options and develop an action plan to achieve the next step whilst enhancing your job application and interview skills.

Effective Use of Academic and Social Media Networks for Endorsing the Publication

Dr. Richard de Grijs, Macquarie University

Date: March 23, 2022

Key points:
  • Why and How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Research
  • How to Use Social Media to Engage & Collaborate with Researchers
  • Introduction to the Different Social Media Platforms
  • How to Select the Right Social Media Platform
  • How to Effectively Use Social Media Platforms to Promote Your Research
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Communicating Your Research via Scientific Blogs
  • Establishing your online identity/brand and how this can influence your career

 

Finding a Perfect Research Collaborator: How to Build a Robust Research Network

Dr. Richard de Grijs, Macquarie University

Date: March 24, 2022

Key points:
  • Need for Collaborative Research in the Modern Era
  • Trends in Collaborative Research
  • Different models of collaborative research
  • Effective Networking Tips for Researchers
  • Facilitating Collaborations Using Social Media
  • How to identify the right research collaborator and initiate collaboration
  • Tools for collaboration

 

Lectureship CVs: What You Need to be Working Towards Now to Succeed in 5 Years

The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

Date: April 21, 2022

This course is designed to provide postdocs with useful information to help them prepare for the next stage of an academic career. Is a lectureship the right thing for you? Are there other options? Most importantly, can you make your academic career ambitions a reality? If you want to explore the answers to these questions, then this is the course for you.

Career Planning for Postdoctoral Researchers

Sarah Blackford

Date: May 9, 12, 16, 23 and 30, 2022

A series of five online interactive co-hosted two-hour career education :

  • Career planning and making informed career choices
  • Networking to Net a Job
  • Writing an effective CV and covering letter
  • Interview Technique
  • Academic Mobility

Lectureship Applications: What you Need to Know to be Successful 

The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

Date: May 19, 2022

This course will introduce you to the lectureship application process.  A recently successful lecturer will share their experiences of the application and interview process and a senior academic will talk about the process that is undertaken to recruit a new lecturer in a question and answer session. You will gain an understanding of the different requirements for lectureship applications, including hints and tips as to what to include in both your research and teaching statements. The course will also cover how you can highlight your evidence of esteem and ideas on how to gain further teaching experience. In the afternoon you will have an opportunity to write an application and take part in a practical exercise providing insight into the review processes.

 

      Higher Education Teaching Certificate

      Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

      Date: Jun 9 - August  8, 2022

      The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world.

      Interviews for Jobs Outside Academia

      Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

      Date: July 27, 2022

      Interviews outside academia are often quite different to academic job interviews. In this session, you will learn what to expect and how to prepare for these types of interview. Whatever job you are applying for, this session will give you the tools to prepare well and go into the interview confidently to perform at your best.

      Preparing Successful Fellowship Applications 

      The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

      Date: August 9, 2022

      This course introduces postdocs to fellowship funding and the process of making a fellowship application. During the course you will learn where to look for appropriate fellowship funding, how to apply and how to prepare a written application. Additionally you will take part in a practice exercise providing insight into the writing and peer review processes.  Successful applicants and panel members from Imperial will share their experience of applying for fellowships in a question and answer session. 

      Making Job Applications

      Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

      Date: August 16, 2022

      Learn how to make your application materials for jobs outside academia effective. You will find out how employers look at CVs and how to make yours catch their attention.  You will also learn about the purpose of a cover letter, how to write one well and how to approach application forms.

      Time Management for Postdocs

      The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

      Date: August 18, 2022

      "I don't have time to get it all done."
      "I don't have time to write that paper."
      "My PI/students/family keep asking me to do things"

      Being a postdoc can be a frantic, reactive and stressful time but it doesn't need to be, this course is aimed at those who would like to take back some control over their time.

      Managing your First Research Group

      The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

      Date: September 12-13, 2022

      Making the move from working with others on research projects to managing and directing your own independently funded programme requires more than just an excellent research record. Our research has shown that new principal investigators are concerned with management issues: time, staff and funding being the major hurdles. This two day residential course for new and aspiring Principal Investigators will enable you to explore these issues by working through a series of real life examples to develop a personal plan for managing your first research group.

      Resilience and Well-being in Academia

      Dr. Desiree Dickerson

      Date: TBC

      Academia is an ultra marathon that we try to run as a sprint. This approach tends to leave us with little time or energy for life outside of work and very few resources to cope when we face challenges. But a healthier approach to research is possible and is essential if you want to build a sustainable career in academia (or anywhere else in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in). Despite our increasing diversity, researchers tend to harbor a common chorus of voices in our heads. Voices that demand perfection, or that tell us we aren’t good enough and we don’t belong here; voices that have driven us to excel, but that also charge a pretty high tax. A tax on our emotional, mental and physical health. Yes, the environment is a contributor to the unhealthy, counterproductive lifestyle many of us live. However, we as individuals can address the way we approach academia to buffer us against stress and burnout, worry and fear, and the toxic competition we are often surrounded by. These workshops provide you with tools to increase your resilience to stress, anxiety, and burnout, and to enhance your overall well-being both now during COVID times, as well as navigate everyday life and the challenges we face.

      How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals

      Dr. David Johns

      Date: September 20, 2022

      Are you being invited by journal editors to review research manuscripts? Do you find reviewing a time-consuming, difficult or stressful activity? This webinar explains how the peer review system works, and what is expected of reviewers. It describes best practice for reviewers, based on the recommendations of 116 editors of medical, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, maths, engineering and earth science journals.

      Career Planning for Postdoctoral Researchers

      Sarah Blackford

      Date: October 13, 20, 24, 31, 2022

      A series of four online interactive co-hosted two-hour career education :

      • Effective Self Presentation
      • Career planning and making informed career choices
      • Writing an effective CV and covering letter
      • Interview Technique

      Higher Education Teaching Certificate

      Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

      Date: October 12 - December 13, 2022

      The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world.

      Leadership in Research: Vision, Strategy and Team Culture  

      The Postdoc and fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

      Date: October 17-18, 2022

      What does leadership in research look like? How can you provide vision and strategy alongside the day to day management of an expanding research group? Working with early career research leaders we will explore leadership and management using a mixture of case studies, advice from senior academics and theory. We will cover topics such as leadership styles, creating a group culture, raising the visibility of yourself and your group, conflict resolution and strategic thinking. An overarching theme will be your own personal career development. The course will be highly participative with group work and the opportunity to benefit from one-to-one coaching. 

      Interview for Academic Jobs

      Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

      Date: November 3, 2022

      In this session, you will learn what to expect for the different types of academic interviews and what the interview panels are typically looking for. You will find out what interview questions to expect and how to prepare to answer them with confidence.

      A Step-by-step Guide to Write a Winning Research Grant Proposal

      Dr. Fiona Murphy, University of Oxford

      Date: TBC

      This five-part interactive series will focus on sharing effective strategies and tips on various critical aspects of grant proposal writing, submission, and resubmission. The schedule of the sessions is as follows:

      1. How to Formulate a Convincing Rationale of Your Research Project.

      2. Finding the Right Funder: Strategies for Prudent Selection!

      3. How to Create a Comprehensive Project Management Plan.

      4. How to Write a Persuasive Grant Proposal.

      5. Understanding the Process of Grant Proposal Submission and Resubmission.