The annual Researcher Conference runs in March or April each year and gives researchers an opportunity to share details of their work with the rest of the Department. This provides a showcase for the breadth of excellent research taking place and an opportunity to develop possible links for new inter-disciplinary research.
Our last conference was a great success and ran in March 2019, hosted at the Department’s main site. Researchers from across the Department gave flash presentations of their research and there was a poster session over lunch. There were also a range of focus sessions on topics important to post-docs, from career development and commercialisation through to engaging with outreach activities.
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The Networking Evening provides an opportunity for researchers to get together on an informal basis and broaden their professional network. The evening typically has a career focus, and a range of discussions are set up on different career paths. This was the case for our previous iteration in September 2019, at the fantastic location of the Said Business School in Oxford. An evening of networking was followed by a drinks reception and dinner.
Researchers Networking Dinner
The Networking Dinner provides an opportunity for researchers to get together on an informal basis and broaden their professional network. The evening typically has a career focus, and a range of discussions are set up on different career paths. This is followed by a seated dinner with table plans to maximise networking. The drinks reception and dinner are hosted at a college, our last dinner in Nov 2022 was hosted at Oriel College in there stunning grounds and dining hall and was attended by over 85 researchers from within the department.
A new series of careers lunches for researchers employed by the department. Visiting different sites across the department these lunches (lunch provided) will provide an opportunity for researchers to network with their peers and hear from an invited speaker about their career path.
Each lunch will cover a different theme:
1. Making the transition from PDRA to Research Fellow
2. Momentum building in academic early career
3. Academic career progression once established
This is also a great opportunity to visit other sites in the department and learn a little about the research taking place.
Researchers Public Lectures
A brand-new series of public lectures – showcasing to a public audience the innovative and highly relevant work taking place in our department.
These TED-style online public lectures will last roughly 10 minutes and will be released throughout the year – they will be recorded in one event in front of a live audience and are aimed at an interested adult audience.
Science Communication is a key component of your work that can often be overlooked – and can greatly increase the impact of your research. Communicating effectively with the public about your research is key to connecting what you do with the rest of society. This series of lectures provides a great platform to communicate your research and learn new science communication skills.
There are other events for researchers across the University, for example the Oxford Research Staff Society OXRSS organise a regular range of events for post-doctoral researchers from across the University, including socials and professional networking activities; and the University Careers Service put on training and other events for researchers.