Standing up for Sciences workshop - 7th September, Edinburgh

Sense about Science is holding a Standing up for Science workshop at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 7 September. This free full day event is for all STEM and social science early career researchers (PhDs, post-docs or equivalent), trainees, and medical professionals.

During the workshop we combine discussion around misrepresentation of science in the media, how evidence influences policy, how researchers can involve the public in communicating research and give practical tips and advice on how early career researchers can start standing up for science. 

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. Please fill out the application form to apply. For further details, please email Sanjana (

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 23 August

Voice of young science Edinburgh 2018

Scottish Student Competition

SCI: where science meetis business

Application Deadline: 29 June 2018

Are you a PhD or MSc student researching at a Scottish university?

Apply now for our Scottish Student Competition!

SCI where science meets business

The Scotland Regional Group offers up to ten SCI student memberships to students working in scientific research at a Scottish university.

Applicants are requested to submit an article (max. 600 words) describing their research project and its relevance to the SCI strapline 'where science meets business'.

Winners will be given opportunities to build their networks with academics and industrialists, develop future skills to help with their onward careers, and will receive one year’s membership of SCI.

Apply now!

Jorge Cham - Lecture and book signing:
"Finding Humour and Dealing with Stress in the Graduate Experience"

Wednesday 21st March 2018,14:00 - 15:00

Dalhousie Building, Room 3F01

Join Jorge Cham the creator of PhD Comics for an experience of laughter and learning!

Login to your OPD account and book your place here.

Jorge Cham Lecture

Ingenious & Enterprising Women Dundee:

Networking for Women in STEM careers

8th March 2018

Ingenious Women is a programme which empowers female researchers to take control of their careers. It was founded by Janet Wilkinson and Sara Shinton and the programme has been run four times in previous years by the University of Edinburgh. Due to the success of the programme, it is now going national and Ingenious Women Scotland will run for the first time in 2018.

This is one of a series of five short networking events that will be held around the country in Aberdeen, Stirling, Dundee and Edinburgh in the spring of 2018. These networking events will be followed by a series of three residential weekends, where there is space provided for learning, discussion, reflection and creativity, away from work and home life. The networking events are open to all; for more information about the programme and how to apply for the residential weekends please visit the Ingenious Women website.

We hope that you can join us for the event! For Dundee book here.

Ingenious Women Dundee event

A free online career management course for research students and research staff!

I’m pleased to let you know that a new online course (MOOC) for research students and research staff has recently opened for bookings.  Called Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers it aims to support researchers to explore their career options and make career plans.

Through a series of articles, videos, discussions, and reflective exercises, researchers will be encouraged to consider what they want out of a career; to explore the academic career path and many other career options; and to increase their confidence in job search and applications.

The MOOC is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, and University of Sheffield, and has been developed by careers professionals who are experienced in working with research students and research staff.

It’s a free online course and open to research students and early career research staff at any institution in the UK.

The first course will start on 5th March but for more information and sign up details go to:



2017 Scottish Crucible

Scottish Crucible is the prestigious leadership and development programme for early career researchers in Scotland now going into its 10th year. Through an award-winning annual programme, Scottish Crucible enables highly promising science, social science and arts researchers to come together from across Scotland to explore and expand their innovative potential via a series of intensive, two-day events. Only 30 “research leaders of the future” are selected to take part each year; they also go on to join the Scottish Crucible Alumni Network. Scottish Crucible 2018 is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, and will be hosted by this year's partner universities, Heriot-Watt University , University of Glasgow, and University of Abertay.

Selected participants for Scottish Crucible 2018 will attend 3 workshops between May and June, each comprising a wealth of guest speakers, seminars, tours and informal discussions. These aim to i) encourage participants to become more collaborative and interdisciplinary in their approach to their research; ii) help them discover skills and attitudes likely to make their research more innovative and iii) develop their understanding of how research can impact on Society through different forms of knowledge exchange. Participants will come from a variety of research disciplines including science, technology, engineering, medicine, arts, design, humanities and social sciences.

Applications are now invited from senior Postdoctoral Fellows, Academic Fellows, Lecturers in their first academic posts - or their equivalents from SMEs and spin-out companies - for Scottish Crucible 2018. Further details are provided on the Scottish Crucible website: Successful candidates will receive awards to cover all residential costs, training sessions and travelling expenses. The deadline for receipt of applications is: Tuesday 13th February 2018

Venture Competition 2018 - now open for applications

Venture competition logo 2018

£25,000 is on offer to support new business ideas among students, staff and recent graduates as the University of Dundee launches Venture 2018.


The Venture 2018 Competition is open for applications now, with seven specific categories for:


  • Undergraduate Student Award, Early Stage Idea (£2,500 prize fund, sponsored by Business Gateway and the University of Dundee, Centre for Entrepreneurship)
  • Business School Student Award, for any Business School student currently studying or who graduated within the last 2 years (£2,500 prize fund sponsored by University of Dundee School of Business) 
  • Undergraduate Student Award, final year students graduating Summer 2018 (£2,500 prize fund sponsored by University of Dundee, Centre for Entrepreneurship) 
  • Postgraduate Student Award (£5,000 prize fund sponsored by James Keiller Investments) 
  • Recent Graduate Award, for those who graduated within last 2 years (£2,500 prize fund sponsored by Elevator) 
  • Staff Award, Non-Research Related Idea (£5,000 prize fund sponsored by Elevator and the University of Dundee Organisational and Professional Development) 
  • Staff Award, Research Related Idea (£5,000 prize fund sponsored by Research and Innovation Services and University of Dundee School of Business)


Applications for Venture 2018 are open now and must be submitted before 5pm on Sunday 6th February 2018.  Details of the competition and how to apply are available here


The final 'live pitching' for Venture 2018 on Friday 23rd February which includes workshops, a business support exhibition and keynote speakers will once again form one of the highlights of the University’s Entrepreneurship Week and also Dundee Business Week within the city, which run in parallel from February 19th to 23rd 2018. We hope to see you there whether it is as a delegate or as a finalist pitching on stage!


Any enquiries please email:

Welcome for Postgraduate Researchers - 26th October, 09.30-13.30

As a new member of our postgraduate researcher (PGR) community, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to our forthcoming Welcome for PGR event; Thursday 26 October.

You will be welcomed by senior members of the research community and student services, who will give you an insight into the wider University culture and support available to you. This will all take place in the newly refurbished area of the Library and Learning Centre that is dedicated for postgraduates.  To ensure your place, please book here.

Standing up for Science media workshop  - Friday 22 September

Sense about Science is holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 22 September 2017. This free full day event is for STEM and social science early career researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows or equivalent)

Join us to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science. Meet scientists who have engaged with the media and learn from respected science journalists about how the media works, how to respond and comment, and what journalists want and expect from scientists.

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply, please complete this form:

If you are a member of or are funded by any of our partner organisations (listed on the flyer), please include this on the application form – our partners hold five priority places for this workshop. For more details, get in touch with Ana Skamarauskas (

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 8 September.


Logo for Sense about Sciences

National Postdoc Meeting: Postdocs, Policy and the Future

The Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society is hosting the first National Postdoc Meeting on 19-20 September 2017 with support from the University of Cambridge.

The Meeting will take place at the Postdoc Centre at Eddington (North West Cambridge) and will include workshops, talks, networking opportunities, and a celebration of Postdoc Appreciation Week.

All postdocs are welcome to participate!

Registrations will open soon but please register your interest on our website in the meantime:

More details and full announcement to follow. All queries welcome and can be directed to

 National Postdoc Meeting 2017 flyer

5TH ANNUAL RECON EVENT: Edinburgh, 30th June 2017

5TH ANNUAL RECON EVENT: Edinburgh, 30th June 2017

Publishing & scholarly communication for early career researchers: immortalisation, recognition and metrics

As researchers are well aware, publishing and communicating your work is essential for your career and it is important to understand the process. The ReCon conference is designed specifically for researchers and we have a stellar line up of scholarly publishers, academics and publishing experts speaking at the event. If you are keen to determine the best strategy for publishing your research, find out how to navigate the peer review process or learn about other ways to grow an audience for your work then this conference is for you! 

Speakers from major publishers and organisations such as Frontiers, Elsevier, CrossRef, Springer Nature/ Digital Science, Wellcome Open Research, F1000 Research and Altmetric, in addition to academics and experts will share their experience. The conference is a unique opportunity to learn about the publishing process, raising your research profile and how to enhance your research career. 

  • · Date: Friday 30th June 2017, 0930-1700
  • · Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh (near Old College)
  • · Twitter: #ReCon_17   @ReConEvent

>> Apply for a free place (for PhD students):

>> Discount code for earlybird tickets - ends 9th June (=£25): ReconDundee


FREE PLACES for PhD students - apply for a free place:

There is also an opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers (with less than 1 year of postdoc experience) to apply for a free place at the conference via this short application form: If you would like a place, please apply now and we will review your application and get back to you in one week.

ReCon 2017 sponsors: The Scientific Editing Company, CrossRef, Frontiers, PLOS, JY Media

Converge Challenge 2017

The Converge Challenge is open for entries once again for new business ideas with Overall, Kickstarter and Social Enterprise Categories – closing date for applications is Monday 10th April 2017.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is running a Converge workshop on Tuesday 28th March at the Dalhousie 2F15 2-4pm and can register here:

Converge Challenge 17

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is now opened and closes on 19th May 2017.

The survey is the chance for research postgraduates to feedback on their experience. We need to know what postgraduates think so we can address issues and keep doing what is valued. It is an opportunity to say what went well and what could have been improved.

All postgraduates should have already received an email from the Vice-Principal asking them to complete the survey.

For the news item on PGR Experience Survey

£25k Live Venture Pitching Final and Business Exhibition

Friday 24th February Feb 2017, 10-8pm

The Venture 2017 final is a FREE event open to all with Live Pitching, Business Exhibition, Workshops, and Keynotes from high-profile entrepreneurial speakers including Cally Russell of the hugely successful Mallzee and our own rector the inspirational around the world cyclist Mark Beaumont.  Register now:

Mark Beaumont

Entrepreneurship Week 2017

University of Dundee Entrepreneurship Week is taking place from Monday 20th until Friday 24th February with a fantastic schedule of events aimed at helping staff, students and the general public realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. 

 Entrepreneurship Week

Josh Littlejohn MBE of Social Bite, Public Lecture

Thursday 23rd February 2017, 6-7pm

The Principal is honoured to host the Inaugural Lecture in Entrepreneurship from one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs as one of the highlights of the University of Dundee’s first Entrepreneurship Week.

Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of Social Bite (which shot to global fame with the help of visits from Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Leonardo Dicaprio) and BrewGooder will tell the story of how he founded his social enterprise projects and helped raise millions of pounds for charity. Register for FREE tickets now, open to all. 

Josh Littlejohn


Scottish Crucible is the prestigious leadership and development programme for early career researchers in Scotland.  

Applications are now invited from Senior Research Fellows and Lecturers in their first academic posts - or their equivalents from Research Institutes, SMEs and spin-out companies - for Scottish Crucible 2017.  Please see the attached flier for more information, further details are provided on the Scottish Crucible website. Applicants should follow the guidance notes on the website on how to apply.  Successful candidates will receive awards to cover all residential costs, training sessions and travelling expenses.  The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Scottish Crucible has been widely praised for its innovative and collaborative approach to research & KE skills development. We look forward to welcoming the next 30 specially selected researchers who will join our programme and the Scottish Crucible Alumni Network in 2017!

Vitae and CHASE Online Survey **Closed**

Vitae and CHASE are pleased to invite doctoral researchers and early careers researchers from across the Arts and Humanities to respond to a new online survey investigating their experience of professional development:

Respondents who complete this 10-minute survey before 11 December 2016 will be eligible to enter a free prize draw to win a £50 voucher.

FameLab 2017

The University of Dundee is hosting one of the regional heats for FameLab 2017, an international communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical concepts into three minute presentations.

Individuals with a passion for public engagement is invited to participate in FameLab 2017.

  • Entrants must be 21 years old or older, studying or working in science, engineering, technology, medicine or mathematics.
  • Contestants have just 3 minutes to convey a scientific concept of their choice.
  • They will be judged by leading researchers, media personalities and science communicators on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation.
  • Each national winner goes on to compete against over 25 other contestants from around the world at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017.

The Dundee heat will take place on 14th December 2016, with the Scottish final on 7th January 2017. More information can be found: