Workshop 5 & 6:

Career Planning

Copenhagen 29 April - 1 May 2019

Workshop 5 & 6 - The next step: Career planning for PhD students

In this 3-day workshop we will focus on life after the PhD. Finishing your PhD and planning your next steps at the same time can be a daunting task. Some of you may have set your heart on a career in academia, but might be unsure about your next step. How do you get your first postdoc? Where do you apply? And how do you fund your research? Success at grant writing is by no means easy, and successful strategy can by no means be generalised. Nevertheless, there are several key attributes that underlie many successful grant applications, which make the process much less daunting, and increase success rates. On day 1 and day 2 of the workshop we will focus on research careers inside academia, funding opportunities, writing successful grant applications, and tricks of trade. Chris Sturrock, senior adviser at the Faculty of Science of the University of Copenhagen, will lead through this part of the workshop with a focus on EU and international postdoctoral funding programs (e.g. the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships). On the third day of the workshop the focus will be on careers outside of academia and we will be joined by a professional careers adviser and three dynamic and inspiring individuals who made their careers outside of academia: Juliette Fritsch (head of exhibitions at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and formerly at the V&A ), Jo Marchant (journalist at Nature), and Morten Esman (Danish Society of Engineers).


Day 1 - The next step: Postdoc opportunities

09:00 – 09:20 Arrival and morning coffee

09:20 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction to the workshop (Hannes Schroeder)

09:30 – 10:10 Experiences of a grant holder and planning an academic career (Matthew Collins)

10.10 - 10.30 Introduction to the day (Chris Sturrock, senior advisor, University of Copenhagen)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:15 Outline of postdoctoral funding opportunities and how are proposals evaluated (Chris Sturrock)

11:15 – 12:30 Framing your grant proposal: the 1-page proposal exercise (Chris Sturrock)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30 Introducing the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (Chris Sturrock)

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 16:30 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: Excellence outline and exercise (Chris Sturrock)

Day 2 - The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships ctd.

09:00 – 10:30 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: Impact outline and exercises (Chris Sturrock)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45– 12:15 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: Implementation outline and exercises (Chris Sturrock)

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: CV and publications list and exercises (Chris Sturrock)

14:00 – 14:30 Wrap-up (Chris Sturrock)

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 - 16:30 Ebook

Day 3 - The next step: Careers outside of academia

09:00 – 09:20 Morning coffee

09:20 - 09.30 Introduction to the day (Hannes Schroeder)

09:30 – 10:30 Career planning for PhDs (Morten Esmann, careers advisor, Danish Society of Engineers)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45 A career in the museum sector (Juliette Fritsch, head of exhibitions, Natural History Museum of Denmark)

11:45 – 12:00 Q & A session with Morten and Juliette

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 A career in journalism (Jo Marchant , author and journalist at Nature)

14:00 – 14:30 Wrap-up (Matthew Collins)

18.00 – 22.00 Excursion and dinner at Tivoli