INVITATION: Professional Development Seminar for Early Career Biologists

**This event has happened, but use this post for inspiration for policy career ideas**
Date: 11 November 2011
Venue: Society of Biology, London
 The Centre for Science and Policy is collaborating with the Society of Biology to run a policy seminar for early career biologists, covering a range of biological disciplines and interest areas. The seminar, which will take place on 11 November at the Society of Biology in London, will introduce early career researchers to the opportunities and realities of engaging with policy.  Discussions will focus on how policy officials seek science advice, and will highlight examples of some of the issues they face, and the ways in which science gets into policy.
Seminar Format

Session 1: Presentations from academics who have been engaged in the policy process

Academics discuss the role they play(ed) in policy – how the process works and the challenges they face – to an audience of early career researchers and policy makers.

Session 2: Break-out and report-back session

Early career researchers (with help from the academics) break into groups to discuss their ideas for improving the policy process, and feed their conclusions back to a panel of policy makers.

Session 3: Response from policy makers

The panel discusses how science advice is sought, and advises on how the science community might best engage with policy makers.


  • Dr Helen Bodmer, Head of the MRC and Health Research Team at BIS, and a CSaP Policy Fellow
  • Tim Brigstocke, Policy Director, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers
  • Gary Kass, Principal Specialist at Natural England and CSaP Policy Fellow
  • Professor Ajit Lalvani, Chair in Infectious Diseases, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
  • Professor Ottoline Leyser, Associate Director at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Nafees Meah, Head of the Climate and Energy Science Analysis Team in DECC
  • Professor Clive Page, Joint Head of Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Professor of Pharmacology, Kings College London
  • Dr Miles Parker, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at Defra and CSaP Associate Fellow
  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at DfID

Who should attend

This seminar has been designed for researchers and policy makers who wish to engage in discussion and debate and think longer term about career paths and goals.

Updated March 2013

Food Research – 3 month fellowship

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2010 Fellowship

Each year, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), IFST offers a 3-month Fellowship for a PhD student working in a food-related area.

POST is the UK Parliament’s) in-house source of independent, balanced and objective analysis of public policy issues relating to science and technology and provides information to the Houses of Lords and Commons. The successful applicant will work within the POST offices at Westminster, researching and writing briefing material in the form of a POSTnote for MPs and Peers that may be used by them to inform public policy areas. The successful candidate will have a clear interest in communicating scientific research and in producing a balanced, concise and interesting summary of their research. This is a tremendous opportunity to gain experience in science writing and a direct insight into how Parliament functions. IFST will support the fellow with funding of up to £5,000.

Applicants are invited from PhD students who are writing their thesis in a Food Science & Technology related area, but have not yet graduated. The deadline for applications is 12th April 2010.

Research: publishing it, reviewing it and talking about it publicly


Sense About Science will be holding a workshop on Peer Review at the University of Sussex on Friday 5th March. This afternoon event is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

During the workshop we discuss the process of peer review in journal publishing and explore the criticisms of the peer review process. What does peer review do for science? Does it detect fraud and misconduct? Will it illuminate good ideas or shut them down?
Please find further information at<>.

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply send a CV and covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and stating any affiliations you hold to Julia Wilson<>.

Away from the Bench but not away from Science

 A Graduate School Careers Seminar

 Dr David  Wiseman is a PhD who is working in the

Clinical and Translational Operations Funding Team of Cancer Research UK.

He is going to talk about his work, its challenges and rewards, and how he made the switch away from doing science to supporting science.

This session would be suitable for Post-docs as well as PhD’s and should open up ideas about what you could do next in your career


It will take place on Tuesday 2nd February

between 17.00 and 18.30 in the Graduate School Training room Waterloo Bridge Wing 4.14.

All welcome to attend, but let us know by email you are planning to come: