SISB2 - Innovative professional development for PostDocs: a post-doctoral development fund

Day Day 1
Session Special Interest Session
Start time 17.30
Code SISB2

Dr John Ankers, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

Dr Linda D’Amore, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

Tina Lewis, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

Kate Jones, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

Workshop outline:

Linked to the Institute of Integrative Biology’s (IIB) Athena Swan programme, IIB’s Postdoctoral Society recently led a unique scheme to promote post-doctoral career development – we believe it can work at other universities, too. The Johnston Post-doctoral development fund rewards creative ideas pitched anonymously to a diverse panel of judges. During this session we will talk about how and why the scheme was developed, and discuss the preliminary results of the first round of funding. We will also hear from successful applicants – revealing how the scheme has enabled individual projects ranging from field studies to training to become a professional coach. The Johnston fund is focussed on giving postdocs a financial boost in a direction they are passionate about. The scheme also gives applicants the opportunity to take a breath and to consider where they really want to go in their careers. We look forward to questions on how other academic institutes might use this model and how we can help you to help your postdocs!