SEPT 2016: Early Career Researcher Event

Early Career Researcher Event – 15th and 16th September 2016

1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize

Michael Booth, BBSRC, presents the prizes for best Early Career Researcher presentations.

L to R: 1st – Joanna Sadler, 2nd – Leonardo Rosa, 3rd – Caroline Pearson


”The opportunity to have frank conversations with both academics and those who work in industry has been invaluable”

”The course was a great opportunity to see a wide range of research talks in a short time and I gained lots of good career advice”

”As a first year PhD student working on membranes this event was a great opportunity to find out about the diverse research ongoing and this exposure will be helpful in addressing problems I will encounter during my next 4 years of my PhD” 

”Of all the conferences I’ve been to, last week was one of the best. To have the opportunity to sit and discuss science and other topics with the brightest people around was a great opportunity. I’d like to thank you for the organisation that went into such a great two days.”


September 15th and 16th saw the CBMNet ECR event take place at The Novotel, Sheffield. Day one saw 20 CBMNet ECRs present their work to a panel of 12 academics and industry, with prizes for the best three talks. This was followed by a networking dinner, with guest talk from Steve Cross.

Day two was all about developing a career in industrial biotechnology, where we heard from academics and industrialists on their careers experiences– the good, the bad and the ugly! This was followed by sessions on how to communicate science and create impact, how to write funding applications and the type of funding available to ECRs from the BBSRC. The event concluded with a session on reaching career goals and writing the ultimate CV.

Participants rated the event on average 9/10.

To date as a result of this event, Alex Holland has successfully applied for a CBMNet ECR grant to attend the Protein Secretion in Bacteria Conference, Nov 2016 in Florida.

You can view the presentations from the event below:


Shaping Your Career Talks

Communicating Your Science 

Writing Funding Applications and Business Plans

Reaching Your Career Goals

Working with the Media

BBSRC Funding Opportunities for ECRs


Career Example Talks

Career Opportunities in IBBE

My Career in Academia: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Starting Your Own Biotech Company

From Academia to Industry


Early Career Researcher Talks

Eating the Poison: Bryony Ackroyd

Antibodies in Biotechnology : Ibrahim Yaseen

O-antigen modifying enzymes in the bacterial pathogen Salmonella: Caroline Pearson

The Impact Of Membrane Lipids Upon Biofuel Yield: Peter Sanderson


“This event was very helpful and informative and really laid out the landscape of pursuing a career in academic or industrial biotechnology”

“Good fun and useful – I would highly recommend to other PhDs and Post-Docs”