Happy New Year 2010

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Happy 2010 Researchers,

Hope you have had an amazing Christmas break!

So not only is it a New Year it’s also a New Decade so if like us you are full of  resolutions and the determination to put them into practice, why not check out the Vitae website as a good starting point to get you revved up and ready to go.

Happy New Year

Also if you are a girl then you might like to attend the following event:

Girl Geeks January Event with fantastic and inspirational speakers for the evening…networking opportunity to kick start the new year.

Places are limited and selling out.

The Girl Geeks January event is in proud association and support with Yahoo! Developer Network and Newcastle Science City

Girl Geeks is a north east based, fun and friendly professional community for women and girls interested in technology, science, digital, innovations, entrepreneurialism, creativity and computing.  We hope you will come along and join our fun networking opportunity for like-minded women to get together, network, dine, drink and discuss all things geek.

January Event Details:

Date & Time: Thursday, 14th January 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm start.

Venue: Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Format: Warm welcome, introduction to the evening and update, buffet dinner, talks from guest speakers, shared experiences from a few Girl Geeks members, conversations, networking. 


We have a great line up of speakers for the evening:

Sophie Davies-Patrick, Head of International, Yahoo! Developer Network will be coming to the region especially for the Girl Geeks event! Sophie will be talking about her exciting career to date, her role at Yahoo! as well as introducing Yahoo! ‘s Developer Network. 

Sophie started the Yahoo Developer Network in the UK, dealing with everything the YDN supports in the US but extending it out to Europe, Asia, Canada and South America. She knows the markets, empowers the right people to talk to other right people and to their outside contacts about Yahoo and in general keeps the US aware of what the outside world is up to.

Joscelyn Upendran is co-founder & CEO of lovle and is also the Public Project Lead for Creative Commons – England & Wales which role means she is responsible for raising the awareness about Creative Commons. love is a learning and training software & services company. lovle’s software  enables individuals and organizations to quickly and easily find and legally remix, repurpose and collate learning content while keeping track of copyright licences. Prior to founding lovle, Joscelyn worked as a commercial lawyer in private practice for a number of years before she commenced a career in higher and further education, training lawyers and accountants.

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation that provides free, easy to use legal tools and licences that give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple standardised way to pre-clear copyright to their creative works. CC licences let people easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Some e.g of use of CC licences: MIT; The Whitehouse; Yoko Ono; Gwen Stefani; OpenUniversity; Wikipedia; Flickr

Location and Parking:

Organised by: Girl Geeks (North East)


Food:  Extensive finger buffet and home baked cupcakes. Please inform us of any dietary requirements.

Drinks: Complimentary welcome drink

Attendees: Girl Geeks From across the North East! Boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek although on this occasion we do stress that there are limited spaces due to demand so more boy geeks = less girl geeks.

Cost: £10.00 per person

Booking: Please reserve your place and book your ticket for the November Girl Geeks event via the payment link on the contact page of the Girl Geeks website or Paypal payment to

Please contact Mia Chapman (founder of geek girls) if you require further information.  

+44 (0) 7817 858347


Make the most of your Academic Career

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So these days having a succesfull career in academia is all about publishing papers????

PLoS Map of Science

Wrong!!!! actually some of the most succesful academics in this University have their fingers in the business pie too…. for some real life inspiration and clues as to how you can make this kind of success your own come to


For research staff and academic staff in the Bioscience areas

Please book your place on this event via:

Title: Working with business: the ‘little’ and ‘large’ of enterprise

Date: 29 Jan 2010

Venue: Medical School Boardroom and Foyer

Time: Event 10:00 – 12:00; lunch 12:00 – 13:00

Objective: The objective of this event is to raise awareness amongst research staff and academic communities within the Bioscience area to the commercial potential of their research. This will be achieved by a ‘shop-window’ approach showcasing examples of the types of commercial engagement that have been of benefit to some of our researchers ranging from small but profitable entrepreneurial ‘sidelines’ of research to making your career out of Bio Business.

 Topics include:

  • Social and economic benefits of commercialising research
  • Running a business alongside research
  • Patenting and licensing
  • Commercialising research reagents
  • What’s it like working in a spin-out?
  • How to work with industry in your lab: commercial contracts in research
  • Consultancy opportunities

Confirmed speakers include:

Michael Whitaker, Dean of Development

Mark Birch-Machin, Prof of Molecular Dermatology (ICaMB) and Founder of Genesis Genomics UK

Melanie Hardman (Cancer Research Technologies)

Deepan Shah (Orla Protein Technologies)

Linda Taylor, Research Translator & Funding Development Manager

Experience useful for academic career progression – advice direct from academics

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What creative ways can researchers use to gain lectureship, mentoring and administrative experience? 

Representative from RCUK….

Roberts funding can be used for your development and career progression. Research Councils are encouraging universities to do this. Look at what your institution offers and talk to key people in support roles about the opportunities available to you.

 Chair of a Graduate School…. 

Persuade PI to let you out (use Concordat to persuade them that this is expected) but don’t take on too much. Also, be careful what you take on – make sure you are getting something out of it – think about the outcomes that can be demonstrated by what you do. Take advantage of demonstrating opportunities, outreach activities to the public (including organising it), run a facility (e.g. a sequencing facility) – running a large facility can be a career choice in itself – running a small one can be good experience!

Senior Lecturer….

Tutorials, small group teaching, revision classes, technique classes etc. Administration skills and willingness to get involved in this, wanted! Committees (faculty and department), mentoring (peer to peer, support groups for students) – basically anything that enhances someone else’s learning.