SISB3 - How can learned societies support researchers at different stages of their careers?

Day Day 1
Code SISB3
Start time 18.00
Room Lancaster
Audience Work with Research Staff

Dr Maria Fernandes, Professional Development Manager, Microbiology Society

Session outline:

As a membership charity, the Microbiology Society provides a community for microbiologists, many of whom work within higher education. As well as connecting members and providing a platform for showcasing their work, we support our members career and professional development.
Professional development had previously been delivered through small grants and careers information; however we noted that as a society, more could be done to support members career development.
Our work is always informed by the membership so here we report on projects to support two cohorts of researchers early career and mid-career. The Early Career Microbiologists Forum has become firmly established and provides opportunities for training, networking and committee involvement. Preliminary results from surveying mid-career members show a clear focus on career progression. In addition to training opportunities, respondents suggest that specific chances to become involved with publishing activities, leadership roles and specific funding opportunities are essential for progression alongside improved clarity of hiring criteria. We will reflect on these findings and discuss with delegates how representative they are of other researchers at this stage.

Themes covered:
  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility
  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development and nurturing the careers of researchers