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Early Career Interdisciplinary Networking Programme


Biomedical Interdisciplinary Networking Programme for Early Career Researchers

In the next decade, our greatest opportunities and challenges in reducing the burden of infectious diseases and supporting planetary health can only be taken on by next generation researchers working more closely together across disciplines than ever before. Building a thriving community and culture in which interdisciplinary research can happen more readily is a core strategy for CIDIRC.

The CIDIRC and Cambridge Immunology Network together run an interdisciplinary networking programme for early career researchers in or with an interest in biomedical research areas (e.g. you might be from the Department of Geography studying land use change/GIS mapping and would like to apply this to understanding infectious disease spread and meet people studying infectious diseases). We partner with sister networks on a range of events and opportunities to boost cross-disciplinary attendance and the range of opportunities offered. The programme is open to PhD student and postdoctoral research scientists from any discipline and based in any department across all six Schools of the University or affiliated institutes. Events are spread across three terms, and hosted at varying locations across the biomedical and University campus.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide informal speed networking/social networking opportunities among early career researchers who work in or have an interest in biomedical/veterinary/biosciences research topics. 
  • Provide skills focused networking workshops  to promote integrative thinking and creative problem-solving approaches 
  • Provide leadership seminars and practical career advice from researchers who have developed their careers in mixed discipline environments.

Our overarching goal in providing opportunities to to empower early career researchers to consider interdisciplinary approaches to their work, by fostering trust, creative thinking, curiosity, a willingness to debate openly and a mutual respect and language across disciplines.

2017-2018 Dates

Event Date Venue Link
Christmas Networking Mixer Dec13 Downing College Post Meeting event
Public Engagement Training Day Wed  24 Jan  Downing College Visit here for more information and registration
Presentations to engage and inspire workshop

Feb 14

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In partnership with Immunology, Metabolic and Public Health Networks

Pathways to Impact Fast Track Training for Researchers by Researchers Mar 14 David Attenborough Building

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In partnership with Immunology, UCCRI and Bioscience Impact Team.

Writing bioscience articles for The Conversation workshop

Crossing paths: Career  pathways workshop May In partnership with Immunology Metabolic and Public Health Networks

Crossing paths :Industry career Leadership panel & Cheeky Scientist CV tips


Summer Newtworking Mixer