Guest lecture with Chief Government Scientist Professor Sir Mark Walport

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We often meet scientific/STEM researchers who are interesting in working in careers outside the lab (in fact, it happens so often, we’re starting to wonder exactly what you all get up to in your labs that makes you want to change!). One common career of interest is working in scientific policy, but from the outside this can seem like a really difficult area to get into, and it’s quite hard to make contacts.

We’re very lucky to be hosting a rare event with Chief Government Scientist, Professor Sir Mark Walport, who is giving a guest lecture aimed specifically at PhDs and postdocs. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to a senior leader talk about his experience of working in the Civil Service and gain insight into the role of scientists in government. Even if you’re not looking to make the switch into a non-technical career. I think that you can gain a really good insight into government thinking on science and scientific policy, as well as making some potentially very useful contacts.

Hear about:

  • The Science and Engineering Fast Stream;
  • How working in the Civil Service can create opportunities;
  • Big issues for the future that will involve government scientists;
  • The areas in which scientists work and the role they play.

This is a great networking opportunity with the chance to engage with senior leaders and talk to about your potential future career prospects.

This presentation will be particularly useful for postgraduate and PhD students and research staff in the fields of Science and Engineering.

The session is taking place from 17:45-20:00 on Tuesday 16th September in Room B.32 in the Barbara Strang Teaching Centre (formerly known as the Bedson Teaching Centre).

Newcastle students and staff should register to attend here. Those from other universities should register their interest with Kathryn Pickup


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