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Biomedical Early Career Interdisciplinary Networking Programme

Biomedical Early Career Interdisciplinary Networking Programme

CIDIRC recognises the added value that an interdisciplinary approach can bring to addressing research challenges. In the next decade, our greatest opportunities and challenges in reducing the burden of infectious diseases can only be taken on by next generation researchers working more closely together across disciplines than ever before. Building a community that values coming together is a core strategy for CIDIRC, and enabling early-career researchers to change trajectories is necessary to encourage the highest-impact research and acgive the greatest personal growth.

The Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC and Immunology SRN are organising a biomedical network consortium led early career interdisciplinary programme, providing research skills enhancement and cross-discipline networking opportunities for early career researchers in infectious diseases, immunology, public health, and metabolic disease research.

The proposed programme will be open to all PhD student and postdoctoral research network members, based across all six Schools of the University or affiliated institutes, with an emphasis on biomedical participants.

The programme will consist of regular career skills developmenet, leadership seminars, and practical technical skills workshops spread across three terms, and hosted at varying locations across the biomedical and University campus. Based on feedback from a previous conservation based early career programme, we will be focussing one as much interactive networking time in small groups as possible and bringing in some outside experts to conduct training, and interacting with industry. We will also be tapping in to existing courses available across the University, and ensuring some crossover with an early career programme led by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative to maximize cross discipline opportunities.

Cash prizes will be available for workshop outputs and competitions ( e.g. photography, blogs, video /social media and infographics), and an InfectiousDz Social Event will additionally provide a relaxed networking opportinity.

More information soon!