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Postdoc futures: empowering women in cancer research

March 7, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is celebrating International Women’s Day 2023 by bringing together women from across our postdoctoral researcher community to connect, build collaborations and discuss together potential solutions to improve progression for women in cancer research.

If you’re a postdoctoral researcher funded by CRUK or based at a CRUK core-funded Institute and a woman, you’re invited to join us for this unique event to network and connect with other postdoctoral researchers from across our CRUK network in an open and informal setting.

You’ll hear inspiring talks and practical tips from women who have had successful careers both in, and outside of, academia. Together we’ll discuss actionable solutions and ideas for how to improve progression for women in cancer research. This is both so you feel empowered to take the next step in your career whatever your chosen career path and to help CRUK identify priority actions we can take as a research funder to help address structural barriers to progression.

Spaces are limited, and are reserved for CRUK funded postdocs only OR Postdocs working in a CRUK core – funded Institute. This event is free of charge.

AGENDA (subject to change)

12.30 – Arrival with tea & coffee

12.45 – Welcome and intro from Cancer Research UK with Prof Doreen Cantrell, University of Dundee, CRUK Trustee

13.10 – Networking activity

13.50 – Inspirational career journeys: lightning talks

Chair: Dr Sophie Acton – CRUK Senior Cancer Research Fellowship, UCLSpeakers:

  • Prof Sara Zanivan – Senior Group Leader and Head of Proteomics facility, CRUK Beatson Institute
  • Dr Sean Lim – CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow, University of Southampton
  • Dr Sophie Acton – CRUK Senior Cancer Research Fellowship, UCL
  • Dr Laura Greaves – CRUK Programme Foundation Award holder, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Safia Danovi – Senior Editor at Nature Genetics
  • Dr Surbhi Gupta, Head of Regulatory Affairs (Thriva Health), Senior Medical Devices Executive

14.20 – Inspirational career journeys: Q&A panel discussion

You’ll have the chance to ask questions and interact with the panel on topics that came up during previous career journey talks.

14.50 – Networking break

15.10 – Roundtable discussions: practical solutions for supporting progression

In this interactive session will focus on practical solutions and the most powerful, actionable ideas for you and CRUK to take forward to help address structural barriers to progression.

Chair: Dr Giulia Biffi, Junior Group Leader, CRUK Cambridge Institute

16.25 – Closing remarks

16.30 – Drinks reception & networking

17.30 – Close

For further information click here.


The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AG United Kingdom


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