Local events: science story telling, non-academic careers, doctors and evidence

By Grant Jacobs 27/08/2011 2

A few dates for the diary for locals. (Or those who happen to be in town at the time!)

Regular readers will know that I have several times written about careers after the Ph.D. outside academia, particular to point out that these careers are not the ‘alternative’ as working outside of academia after completing a Ph.D. is the rule, not the exception.

ScienceTeller2011As one of the events making up Graduate Research Month, the Careers Development Centre is presenting Options After a PhD Other Than in the Academic World at 2pm on Monday August 29th. This workshop is for PhD candidates who want to explore the world of employment beyond academia. The venue is the Hocken Seminar Room (on Anzac Ave, next to Unipol). Speakers are listed on the talk description.

The University of Otago hosts the Centre for Science Communication, a small department dedicated to science communication. November 15-19th will see them host the inaugural ScienceTellers event. An introduction to the event can also be found on the University of Otago website (many additional presenters beyond those listed on this page can be found in the programme).

Submissions for presentations, films, etc., remain open until October 1st. Registration is, of course, still open. Early bird registration (with cheaper fees) closes October 1st.

Those with medical interests might like Professor David Healy’s It’s time to tell your doctor you are not an anecdote on August 30th. (David Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University, a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and very widely published.)

If you are not already aware of it, you should make yourself familiar with the University of Otago on-line events calendar. There’s enough to keep most people amused on a very wide range of topics.

Other articles on Code for life:

On alternatives to academic careers and ’letting go’

Career paths, redux — the academic research career is the exception

Haemophilia — towards a cure using genetic engineering

Temperature-induced hearing loss

Monkey business, or is my uncle also my Dad?

Reproducible research and computational biology

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