Academia

SIUConversations Frankfurt: Academic Breakout- Alternative Careers in Biotech

On January 25th, 2018 SIU Frankfurt hosted a highly attended event on alternative careers in big pharma and biotech. Dr. Jens Atzrodt, Karin Messer and Dr. José Airas were our guest speakers, who have leading roles in R&D, Human Resources and Consultancy at Sanofi Germany and Merck respectively. Read on for their advice to early career scientists open to pursuing careers in industry...

SIUConference Oxford: Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience

As part of our SIU Conference series, the Oxford division hosted three speakers at the ‘Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience’ event on 23rd November 2017 at Magdalen College, a primary sponsor of SIUOxford. Our speakers were selected based on their shared experience of utilising some aspect of applied neuroscience for social and/or commercial impact.

SIUConversations Oxford: Academia And Industry - Advancing Science And Your Career

SIUOxford hosted our first educational event for this academic year on November 16th 2017, titled ‘Academia and Industry: Advancing Science and Your Career’. We welcomed three professionals, all with experience in both academia and industry, to share their career journeys and to offer advice to attendees on how to approach bridging the gap between the two areas.

Enterprising Women: How the Greek Financial Crisis Inspired a Startup

Spotting an unmet need and coming up with ideas to meet it are essential for the success of a startup. Where your ideas stem from, however, can be completely unrelated to your background and expertise. Dr. Denise Xifara was the guest of Enterprising Oxford recently and here we bring you the story of her, her doctorate in genetics, the Greek financial crisis and her startup Nupinion.

Brexit: The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what could either be described as a catastrophic self-destruction or a glorious grasp at independence. Wrapped up in a state of confusion over their status in the United Kingdom are scientists from Europe and abroad. On June 8, 2017, almost one year after the referendum, SIU brought together experts in London, to talk about their concerns and current measures they are taking in academia, industry and government to make things as smooth as possible for UK science. 

Academia's Bittersweet Box Of Chocolates: (Tr)eat With Caution!

Becoming a successful scientist, handling difficulties in career choices while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance...Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Our guest speaker Melissa Vo at the SIUConversations event in Frankfurt has been doing it all and on April 19 she told us about how she handled this mixed box of chocolates that is academia. Here is the summary of her talk. 

"And The Winners Are..."

In this last instalment of the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition article series we bring you a short summary of the awards ceremony we held in Oxford for our writers contributing to the competition. We combined the event with a roundtable discussion Naturejobs editor and our competition collaborator Jack Leeming held with the audience. You can find the links to the winning pieces in the article.

Stepping Into A Start-Up

When he decided to enter the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our regular contributor Devon Sheppard wanted to write about an entrepreneur who came from an academic background. He interviewed Dr Vanessa Gray-Schopfer, one of the founders of Omniscience, to get first-hand information about starting a company. Here is that interview. 

Academic-Industrial Collaboration: How To Make It Work

Progress in modern scientific research is accomplished primarily by collaborative teamwork. In this piece that got shortlisted for the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, University of Oxford PhD student Sofia D'Abrantes discusses the advantages of academic-industrial collaborations, her advice to foment successful partnerships and what you can do to encourage them.

Leaving Academia: It’s Okay, and Here is Why

In this next shortlisted piece from the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our Frankfurt division editorial lead Dejan Draschkow brings us his thoughts on leaving academia and why it's quite OK to do so because it doesn't have to mean steering away from what you love doing as a scientist. Read on for very useful tips on how to carry on outside of academia after your PhD.

Academia, Startups, Small Enterprises: Do I Need to Choose?

SIU and Naturejobs held a writing competition back in February. Our writers wrote about their opinions on career choices, life in academia versus industry and the option of starting a company for researchers. This week we will publish the articles that were shortlisted for the competition. In this first article, Holly Reeve, a postdoc from University of Oxford, brings us her thoughts on career choices, the challenges facing her and other researchers when it comes to getting ready for the next step and how academia and industry can learn from each other.

SIU360 Oxford Session 3: Quelling Fears: Runways, Risks and Expectations

At the 3rd session of our education programme SIU360, we welcomed Steven Zimmer as our speaker in Oxford. Steven talked about the strategies one should be aware of when starting a new business, risks associated with start-ups and how to find the balance between one's passion in science and the market and much more! Here is the summary of what Steven told our participants on November 15.

The Call for Cheaper Drug Development

Drug development is a very lengthy and expensive process. Are there ways to make the process easier and cheaper? Here we discuss the current trends in the pharma industry, if these trends are enough to achieve what's in the best interest of the industry, scientists, and most importantly, the patients, and what can be done to improve the situation in the future.

SIU360 Oxford Session 1: Opportunity Recognition and Construction

The first Oxford session of the SIU360 educational series took place on October 18th, at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Our speaker was Prof. Chas Bountra. The talk drew a large group of attendees, who were inspired by Prof. Bountra's engaging talk on open sourcing in translational research. 

BREXIT vs. SCIENCE Part 2: Brexit and Academia

Science and academia in the UK benefit hugely from the country’s EU membership. It is therefore unsurprising that the historic Brexit vote has left a lot of academics in Britain and the rest of Europe feeling uncertain about future funding and collaborations. Despite government reassurance of no drastic changes to academia in the short term, much has happened since the vote. What do academics have to say about the latest announcements from government? How are they working with the governmental bodies to ensure that research is minimally affected?