Scientists & Co. are recruiting volunteers!

Scientists & Co. will be running two sessions of the ‘Shadow a Scientist’ (SAS) programme in July-August 2017.

Aim of the Programme 

Our goal is to increase the social mobility of highly motivated 16-18 year old pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme involves a 2-day shadowing experience with researchers at King’s and taster sessions/ skills-based workshops. We aim to boost the pupils’ confidence in breaking cultural barriers and inspire them to pursue STEM subjects at university.

Who are we looking for?

  • Enthusiastic shadow volunteers (PhD students/postdocs working in science, technology, mathematics and engineering), who are willing to be shadowed on 25th July, 26th July, 1st Aug and/or 2nd Aug 2017. Each volunteer will be assigned 2-3 pupils for 5 hours each day. You will be expected to carry on with your normal schedule but with our enthusiastic 16 years olds by your side!
  • Volunteers to help with the CV/Personal Statement Clinic on the 27th July and 3rd Aug 2017 at Guy’s campus. Each volunteer will be required to read and provide inputs on a short CV/Personal statement (~150 words) of 2-3 pupils.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications: 17th Feb 2017 (All volunteers selected for the programme will be notified on 20th Feb)
  • DSB Check/ Induction: 23rd Feb 14:00 – 15:30 or 1st March 14:00 – 15:30 at Guy’s Campus. Compulsory for all (and only) shadow volunteers.

What do volunteers gain?

This is a fantastic opportunity to help deserving pupils while honing your science communication and engagement skills. Your efforts will go a long way in increasing their chances of getting into university!

If you are interested in volunteering please click here to apply. If you have any questions, please email us at support@scientistsandco.org.

To view details of the previous sessions and volunteers’ testimonial, please click here and to read pupils’ testimonials click here.

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St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

Do you have a disruptive idea? Would you like a stage to present your idea to world leaders? Would you like to become a leader of tomorrow?

The 47th St. Gallen Symposium, taking place on 3-5 May 2017 in Switzerland, attracts some of the most influential leaders and decision makers and is organised entirely by students, making it a very unique platform for you to express your ideas. It will also give you the opportunity to network with like-minded peers, and become a member of this unique and global community. Leaders of Today who have attended the symposium in the past include Niall Ferguson, Jack Ma, Christine Lagarde, Paul Polman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Ratan Tata, and Muhammad Yunus.

In order to win your place at the symposium, an all-expenses paid trip to Switzerland, and a chance to win a share of 20 000 CHF, you need to enter the world’s most prestigious essay competition. For your essay to be considered, it must answer this question; ‘Breaking the status quo – What’s YOUR disruptive idea?’

For a feel of what the symposium you could be attending is like, check out this video.

Interested? Make sure you attend the  KCL information session on 15 November 2016 for more information, and register here in order to apply. Make sure you read all of the eligibility criteria (please see below for more information), and instructions before you submit your essay!

The deadline to apply is the 1 February 2017 – good luck!

The eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1987 or later*

* The event is about facilitating conversations ‘between the generations’ with young researchers alerting older policy and decision makers and change makers  of their concerns and aspirations.

Please note that the eligibility criteria are set by the organisers of the symposium and do not necessarily reflect Kings Policies.

 

Scientists & Co. are recruiting volunteers!

Scientists & Co., a non-profit organisation, are running the Shadow a Scientist programme for a second time after a successful pilot this July.

Aim of the Programme  

The aim is to increase the social mobility of highly motivated 16-18 year old pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. It involves a 2-day shadowing experience with researchers at King’s and taster sessions/workshops delivered in collaboration with KCLSU and the King’s Widening Participation department. We aim to boost the pupils’ confidence in breaking cultural barriers and inspire them to pursue STEM subjects.

To view details of the July session and volunteers’ testimonials, please click here, and to read pupils’ testimonials, click here.

Who are we looking for?

  • 20 enthusiastic volunteers (ideally PhD students/postdocs working in science, technology, mathematics and engineering) who are willing to be shadowed on the 25th-26th October 2016. Each volunteer will be assigned two pupils for 5 hours each day. You will be expected to carry on with your normal schedule but with two enthusiastic 16 year olds by your side!
  • 10 volunteers to help with the CV/Personal Statement Clinic on the 27th October 2016 at Guy’s campus. Each volunteer will be required to read and provide input on short CV/Personal statements (~150 words) for 2-3 pupils.

Please note: All volunteers will be required to attend the ‘Meet & Greet’ session on 24th October where lunch will be provided. They will also need to go through a DBS check and a very short (~45 mins) safeguarding training course in the first week of October.

What do volunteers gain?

This is a fantastic opportunity to help deserving pupils while honing your science communication and engagement skills. Your efforts will go a long way in increasing their chances of getting into university!

If you are interested in volunteering please click here to apply. If you have any questions, please email us at support@scientistsandco.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE 25th SEPTEMBER 2016

Inaugural Research Staff Event Workshops

King’s research staff are invited to attend various workshops as part of the upcoming Inaugural Research Staff Event 2016 on 10th October 2016. The workshops aim to strengthen the sense of community among research staff and will encourage you to think beyond your own research areas and debate and propose solutions for numerous issues. You will have the chance to contribute towards discussions on a range of issues specific to King’s as well as larger society, from access to healthcare to enhancing diversity at King’s. You will also be able to collaborate with colleagues from across disciplines to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to consider how the issues discussed can be addressed.

The workshops will encourage you to reflect on how the research environment at King’s can be improved, and discuss how the King’s research community can collectively impact the global landscape, whether through research outputs or forging international collaborations with colleagues and institutions worldwide.

The workshops will cover the following topics: Social and Distributive Justice, Informed Urbanisation, Global Health and Wellbeing, Engaging with Diversity and Inclusion at King’s, and Creating a World-Leading Research Environment.

Find out more about the workshops and register to attend here.

 

 

 

 

 

International Summer School on Technology Transfer in Life Sciences – Opportunity for PhD students

Would you like to check the commercial potential of your research? Do you think you already have the Next Generation Technology or Service in Life Sciences? Then get the know-how to commercialize it!

Apply for the International Summer School on Technology Transfer in Life Sciences, which will take place from 5th – 9th September 2016 in Dresden, Germany!

This training programme (www.summerschool-dresden.de) is part of the Transcampus activities between King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden and will give you the opportunity to learn the basics of technology transfer, including the identification of the commercial potential within your own research, how to protect and license it, how to create a spin-off – and the know-how how to fund all those activities. You will be trained in how to pitch in front of potential investors, and sensitized on important pitfalls when approaching industry.

The participation fee and accommodation costs of all selected candidates will be covered and you’ll receive a travel stipend!

Interested? Then send your application until August 7, 2016 to: info@summerschool-dresden.de

Please include the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Motivation Letter
  3. Potential idea you would like to commercialize

Good luck!