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Postdoc Careers, Development, and Culture - an online event for Queen Mary Postdocs, Fellows, and their Academic Staff Managers and Mentors

Monday 21 March 2022 – 10:00-14:30

Queen Mary became a signatory to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in January 2021. The Concordat is an agreement between all the stakeholders involved in academic research to foster inclusive and supportive research environments and employment conditions, to ensure that researchers can focus on their development alongside their research, and be ready for the next stage of their career, whether in the academic sector or beyond.

This commitment builds on a 10-year history of implementing the Concordat at The University, evidenced by our HR Excellence in Research Award (awarded in 2012). Signatory status commits us to an annual action planning and updating cycle that is informed by researchers and their managers through our Concordat Implementation Group, and the approval of our Senior Executive Team and Council, it was published on our Concordat website.

To commemorate this, we have put together a programme of talks from external speakers and Queen Mary staff about Postdoc careers, culture, and about how to maximise your time while at Queen Mary.

This is an online event intended for postdoctoral researchers (including research fellows) and the academic staff members who manage and mentor them.

PhD students who are considering a postdoctoral position at Queen Mary are also welcome to attend.



Welcome Address
featuring Prof Andrew Livingston (Vice-Principal Research & Innovation) and Sheila Gupta (Vice-Principal People Culture, and Inclusion)

Our Research Environments and Cultures
featuring talks from a representative from UKRI (TBC) and Hannah Bentley (Queen Mary's Executive Officer for Research and Innovation)

Coffee Break and Networking in Kumospace

Being a Stakeholder in your University Research Community
Dr Emma Williams, author of "What Every Postdoc Needs to Know"
You Asked for It - How your feedback informs our practice
Dr Rui Pires Martins (Queen Mary Academy, Researcher Development)

Prioritising your Career & Professional Development
featuring talks from Prof Adrian Bevan (SPCS) and Heather Barsam & Kate Murray (Queen Mary Career Consultants for Researchers)

Networking Lunch in Kumospace

Panel Discussion: Setting up a Research Staff Group in your own School or Institute
lessons learned from the BCI Postdoc Forum, and the SEMS ECR Mentoring Group

To register
please visit this online form. This form will close at 18:00 BST on 18 March 2022.

Networking sessions will be hosted in If you wish to participate please visit to create an account BEFORE this event. More information will follow once you register for the event via the online form.

We have created an online community to support this event on MS Teams.

Those who register will automatically be added. If you are unable to attend this event but wish to join the online community, you can join it via this link.



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