13 January 2017 Downing College, Cambridge. Supported by NIHR BRC-Cambridge
The Clinical Academic Symposium and Annual Dinner, in its second year, took place on Friday 13th January 2017 at Downing College. Given the generous support from the NIHR-BRC Cambridge it was again possible for Clinical Research Training Fellows to be invited.
The Symposium was attended by approximately 140 people. Professor Bill Irish, Postgraduate Dean, opened the Symposium with a presentation on Academic Training from a Post-graduate Dean’s view. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with Professor Bill Irish and Professor Patrick Maxwell. Workshops sessions covered topics suggested by trainees. Dr Robert Semple chaired ‘Approaching your PhD’, Dr Estee Torok chaired ‘Beyond your PhD – What next?’, and Dr Mark Toshner chaired ‘Keeping Your Balance’. These sessions were well attended and received positive feedback.
The day’s final sessions offered practical help on journal publishing, ‘The When, What & How of Journal Publishing’ by Dr Menna Clatworthy and grant writing, ‘The When, What & How of Successful Grant Writing’ by Professor Brian Huntly.
Positive and constructive feedback has been received, with welcome suggestions for future topics. Those who responded said they would attend another Symposium.
Dinner was attended by around 140 guests and was preceded by a drinks reception. An inspiring and enjoyable after dinner speech was given by Professor Richard Gilbertson, Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre.