Women in Technology – IBM & QMUL conference 10 June 2019

IBM have partnered with Queen Mary University of London to deliver their annual Women in Technology Interconnect event. This year, our University has been selected to host this prestigious event, and QMUL staff and students have an opportunity to join IBM staff in this flagship event.

The theme is ‘Balance for Better’ and the day will feature a variety of talks – cutting edge technology, development and training, and improvement of soft skills to name but a few. The day will include talks centered around balancing short-term project work with long-term career aspirations, through to more technical items such as cyber security in an age of convenience. The event will be an excellent opportunity for QMUL alumni and staff to come together, network with IBM staff and share their stories of progress, achievement and endeavour.

Places are extremely limited, so book here to avoid disappointment.


‘Hacking the Job Market’ Academic Careers in USA workshop

When? Monday, 20 May 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: Lucas Lecture Theatre Strand Building KCL

Dr Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor is in will speak about the current American academic job market and offer tips for getting on to the much coveted tenure track. The event will begin with an interactive session by Kellee Weinhold (strategic communications and academic productivity coach for the Professor is In).

5.00pm- 6.00pm – Acing academic interviews

Kellee will move through standard interview questions, explaining common errors and weaknesses and providing examples of effective answers with attention to brevity, spin, word choice, tone, body language, and more in an interactive session

6.00pm-7.30pm – The US job market and how to hack it

Karen will walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways you can maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job in a lecture style session.

Karen will cover:

  • The big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market
  • How to think like a search committee
  • The four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate
  • The all-important 5-Year Plan
  • The ethos of job market documents
  • The most common mistakes made by job seekers
  • The three keys to academic interviewing
  • The non-academic option

Karen also examines the pervasive intangible pitfalls that can bedevil job documents and interviewing, including narcissism, excessive humility, and hyper-emotionalism. You’ll leave with a broad understanding of the real (as opposed to fantasy) criteria of tenure track hiring, and how to tailor your record and application materials to maximize your chances of success. Finally, she will also touch on the current political situation and outlooks for US academia.

To register for this course please go to www.cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk and search for course code RC026.

Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) 2019

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Come to an introduction to the YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) competition and business workshop.

What is it?  YES provides business training for PhD students and early career postdocs

When?    2:00-4:00pm
Thursday 16 May 2019

Where? Scape 1.04

Why participate?

  • Acquire business development skills
  • Build and pitch your own business plan  Learn about commercial & marketing strategies

Who is eligible?  Medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and   engineering, social sciences, energy and environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

To book a place go to www.cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk  (course code DC900)

If you have any queries, please email Charlie Ellis: c.d.ellis@qmul.ac.uk

Life Sciences Image Awards

Life Sciences Image Awards

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is seeking outstanding and engaging images produced by Queen Mary and Barts Health Trust staff and students under the following themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
    How do you keep healthy? What does ‘wellbeing’ mean to you?
  • Health and technology
    What’s the future of health and technology? How can technology help to improve our health?
  • Beauty in Medicine
    Can medical research be beautiful as well as important? Is there beauty in science and research?

Whether you’re forever seeing life from behind the lens, or simply have pledged to be more creative this year, this competition is the perfect opportunity to present your artistic perspective within the world of life sciences.

See previous winners, prizes and find out how to enter here at qmul.ac.uk/lifesciences/imageawards.

Entries close on Monday, 27 May 2019, 5pm.

WORKSHOP: “The Emotional Cost of Caring”- Managing emotional burden when working with laboratory animals

WORKSHOP: “The Emotional Cost of Caring”- Managing emotional burden when working with laboratory animals: role of communicating and assessing the impact of animal welfare on the resilience of co-workers

Individuals who work with animals in biomedical research will sometimes form bonds with these animals. Although these relationships may enhance the well-being and welfare of laboratory animals, they involve a moral cost to staff. Institutions should acknowledge the existence of these bonds and provide support mechanisms to help laboratory personnel deal with the emotional challenges of their profession.

This one-day workshop will focus on working practices and challenges faced by laboratory animal care professionals and researchers. It will provide a forum for those working with animals to comment openly about animal welfare, how it impacts them emotionally and will provide an insight into observations commonly experienced. It will also aim to improve delegates’ confidence in communicating concerns about animal welfare and support them to build their emotional resilience.

Registration is now closed but any QMUL staff is free to attend any specific lecture that may be of their interest. This would be very valuable for any Phd/postdocs undertaking animal work.

For further information:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-emotional-cost-of-caring-impact-on-animal-welfare-tickets-55399738108

Friday, 10 May 2019
9:30 – 16:30 GMT

Innovation Centre, Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary University of London
London, EC1M 6BQ


9:30 Registration and coffee

10:00-10:15: Welcome and introduction Dr Jordi L. Tremoleda, Queen Mary University London and Dr Angela Kerton, The Learning Curve (Development) Ltd.

10:15-10:45: When is anthropomorphism ever right? Implications of homology and analogy for animal welfare. Dr Charlotte Burn. Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Behaviour Science Royal Veterinary College. London

10:45-11:15: “Emotional dissonance faced by Animal Technologists: Why, when and what can we do?” Dr Keith Davies, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University.

11:15-11:45: Considerations for the effects of how human emotion can influence animal behaviour within the laboratory. Dr Alison Hopkins, a-tune software AG.

11:45-12:30: The division of emotional labour in animal research. Dr Beth Greenhough. Associate Professor in Human Geography. University of Oxford. UK

12:30-13:30 Lunch break and networking

13:30-14:00 Maintaining wellbeing in a frantic world: a medical education perspective. Dr Helen Bintley, Lecturer in Clinical Skills Education, Queen Mary University London.

14:00-14:30 Mind Matters: Addressing mental health and wellbeing issues across the veterinary team. Dr Lizzie Lockett, CEO Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Director of the Mind Matters Initiative

14:30-15:00 Coffee / Tea break

15:00-15:30 NVS perspectives and challenges within a complex preclinical modelling setting Dr Belinda Farnfield, Named Veterinary Surgeon, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

15-30-16:00 How does it feel to be an NVS?- professionalising responsabilities and emotions. Dr Aurelie Thomas. Named Veterinary Surgeon. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

16:00-16:30 Summary & Closing remarks

For further information please contact: j.lopez-tremoleda@qmul.ac.uk


QMUL’s Pint of Science Festival 2019

Pint of Science is the largest science festival in the world, happening simultaneously in around 150 cities across 24 countries. It is organised by volunteers and our goal is to make science more accessible to the general public to avoid mistrust and misconceptions, all in the comfort of local pubs. This year we have more than 30 scientists to appear in city watering holes, so head down to your local pub to hear talks on mental wellness, gene editing,  and how ‘ off switches’ are being targeted as therapies.

 Please see below the list of events which still have tickets remaining, taking place over 20 – 21 – 22 May 2019 from 7 pm and follow the links to get your tickets – ONLY £4!

Come join us for one, two or three nights of science and fun! Or please spread the word!

‘Our Body’ events at The Griff Inn, BLSA Building, Stepney Way, Whitechapel, London, E1 2AE 

20 May 2019 – Human Beings 2.0

21 May 2019 –  “Micro”-climate Change

22 May 2019 – Stem Cells Getting on Your Nerves?

‘Our Society’ events at The White Hart Brew Pub, Mile End Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4TP

20 May 2019 – The Journey of Wellness

‘Beautiful Mind’ events at The Devereux, 20 Devereux Ct, Temple, London, WC2R 3JJ

21 May 2019 – How to Reach the Ultimate Nirvana… Legally!

22 May 2019 – I’m Losing Control! Help! – LAST FEW TICKETS

 ‘Planet Earth’ events at The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross St, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6DB

21 May 2019  – World in Motion


 Sponsored by: Proteintech and NC3Rs.

Big White Wall – Free Access for PhD students

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All PhD students can now access free online support with Big White Wall. Whether you’re suffering from stress, are struggling to sleep or simply need someone to talk to, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.

You can get things off your chest, express yourself creatively, and access a library of self-care resources, including clinical tests, tips and guided group courses with topics ranging from Managing Stress & Anxiety to Quitting Smoking. Trained counsellors are online 24/7 to keep all members safe and provide extra support. Big White Wall can help you with adopting useful coping strategies and behaviours to improve your experience at work.

Big White Wall is completely anonymous, so no one needs to know you are using the service unless you tell them.

To join Big White Wall, simply go to www.bigwhitewall.com and sign up under Queen Mary University of London with your e-mail address.