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The UK is at a political turning point both internationally and domestically. In order to maintain our international competitiveness, deliver world-leading and impactful research and ensure the security and sustainability of the research talent pipeline, it will be more important than ever to draw from a broad pool of talent and foster greater collaboration between academia and other sectors.

UCL and the Royal Society are holding a joint 'question time' event on science careers which will explore how people can transition in and out of academia and different sectors. The event will consider the benefits and challenges of fluid career paths; the implications of the changing research landscape for science careers; and how greater mobility between academia and other sectors could be better supported.

The event will be chaired by Professor Jane Clarke, Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Cambridge and former science teacher, and followed by a drinks reception.

Panellists include:

  • Professor Katherine Smart, Global Chief Brewer at Anheuser-Busch InBev and former Professor of Brewing Science at the University of Nottingham
  • Dr Nigel Picket, Chief Technology Officer of Nanoco Technologies and formerly research fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr Mark Richards, Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College and founder of Duvas Technolgies, a spinout company for pollution mapping
  • Dr Anna Zecharia, Head of Education, Training and Policy at the British Pharmacological Society and Director of ScienceGrrl

The event precedes the forthcoming launch of the Royal Society’s Changing Expectations career case studies which will showcase a number of different career paths and experiences.

Attending this event