There is still time to apply for a number of opportunities that will allow you to develop media skills in science, get a free place at a science communication conference or win an award for engaging an audience with your outstanding communication skills. Find out more about these opportunities……
Want to know what it’s like to be a science journalist?
If you do then the British Science Association Media Fellowships 2011 are for you.
Experience first-hand how science is reported by spending 3-8 weeks on a summer placement with a national press, broadcast or internet journalist such as the Guardian, Nature or BBC, working with them to produce accurate, well informed news pieces about developments in science.
Come away better equipped to communicate your research to the public and your colleagues. Learn to work within the constraints of the media and develop writing skills that could make journal articles and funding applications easier and more concise.
You are eligible to apply for the scheme if you:
- are a scientist, clinician, social scientist or engineer
- have a minimum of 2 years postgraduate experience in your field
- have a UK work contract until December 2011 (or June 2012 if you are not a UK citizen)
- Work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation
For details about the scheme, including an online application form, visit the website
Application deadline: 1 March 2011
If you want to know about other British Science Association opportunities for public engagement email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Scientist in Society e-lerts’ in the subject line.
I have read a number of articles recently that report how demoralised people are who are entering the job market – whether they are new PhD graduates leaving university or experienced researchers looking for a new post or career change. Job seekers report that there are no jobs available and where there are jobs, competition is fierce (even more so than usual). What is interesting in these articles, is a discussion around the issue that much of this perception seems to be coming from media reports of the job market, rather than actual experience.
In reality, some employers are reporting that applications for posts are down – with people assuming they have no chance and ruling themselves out. University careers services are reporting lower numbers of job seekers at job fairs than in previous years.
I’m not suggesting that the job market is flourishing but perhaps there is more opportunity out there than you might think – especially if others are holding back. Have you talked yourself out of applying for something, or even thinking about your next move, because you think the marketplace is bleak? If so, where has this idea come from?
I’d be interested to know what your own experiences of this are, as well as those of your friends and colleagues.
Any thoughts or comments?