Drug Discovery Bootcamp Workshop

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 10:15am - 12:00pm | Yellowstone Room - 2nd Floor 

Join members of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research training team for a hands on class in how to make a drug. This focused bootcamp will provide you the tools to learn how industry experts design and manufacture the drugs of tomorrow. The phases of drug development including discovery, pre-clinical research and clinical testing will be discussed with a focus on the common roles that postdoctoral scholars can pursue in industry. Speakers will include NIBR experts in training scientists for careers in industry R&D. Space is limited to two sections of 36 participants each. Note: this workshop requires special registration and incurs an additional fee of $5 during registration

Grant Writing: Writing Your Specific Aims Workshop

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Monadnock Room - 2nd floor 

A clear and well structured set of specific aims is an essential part of a complete grant package. Postdocs may receive training on writing a manuscript or journal article, but are rarely asked to write specific aims until they apply for faculty positions. This workshop will guide participants through the process of refining a first draft for their specific aims based on their preliminary data, previous publications and research interests. Participants will be asked to bring a draft of their specific aims to the workshop. Following a brief overview describing the structure and best practices for writing specific aims, participants will be provided examples of excellent and poorer specific aims for a group discussion. Participants will work in groups to apply the best practices discussed to their own aims. Participation is limited to 30 attendees and a draft of their specific aims must be submitted to here by June 3rd.  Note: this workshop requires special registration and incurs an additional fee of $5 during registration.

Leadership Skills For Scientists

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 4:15pm - 5:15pm | Monadnock Room - 2nd floor  

Many postdoctoral scholars aspire to positions requiring the management of teams and individuals.  Whether these roles are academic in nature as lab heads or principal investigators or in industry as managers of direct reports, the leadership skills required for the effective management of personnel and characteristics of good leadership are identical.  Discussion topics will include differing management and leadership strategies, managing as a introvert, conflict resolution, mentoring and more.

Honing your message: how to communicate your research

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Yellowstone Room - 2nd Floor 

Postdocs receive extensive training in presenting their data to their peers; however, even highly experienced scientists may find it difficult to explain their research to non-academic or non-expert audiences. This workshop/panel will focus on techniques postdocs can use to communicate their research effectively to fellow academics as well as industry professionals who may or may not have a related research background.  Postdocs can use the techniques from this panel to hone their presentation and interview skills by focusing on communicating a clear, contextually appropriate and professional scientific message.