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31 Oct 2016

Improve Productivity: Do Your Best Work on Planes

The scientific conference season has started so here are my top tips to being more productive whilst travelling. Plan in advance and make sure you download what you need. It’s an excellent time to catch up on reading academic papers and reports, reviewing that grant or paper, writing that book chapter, completing reference requests or...
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25 Aug 2016

The Key to Small Talk: Keep It Small!

Mustering the courage to network at conferences can be difficult, one of the barriers is knowing what to talk about. Many people find it challenging to make small talk, it becomes easier when people know something about each other and can ask questions based on their knowledge. Bearing that in mind be sure to share...
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22 May 2016

Top Tips for a Persuasive Pitch

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Top Tips for a Persuasive Pitch A pitch is a brief opportunity to explain your concept so you need to be concise, credible, compelling and back-able. Here are some tips that will help you prepare. 1. Audience: Think about your audience. What will they want to know, what prior knowledge do they have? For example,...
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6 Apr 2016

Essential Reading on Business Skills & Soft Skills in Synthetic Biology

Skillfluence is a professional development training company with a particular focus on designing and delivering workshops for scientists, engineers and technical specialists. Operating in this space it is vitally important to understand what is going on; what skills are needed, what are the skills gaps and what are the challenges in finding suitable training. Synthetic...
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20 Aug 2015

Why have CENTRES of innovation?

This post is inspired by my recent attendance at The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Summer Innovation Day, a feeder event for Venturefest Scotland 2015. There were presentations from 7 of the 8 Scottish Centres of Innovations. Each centre has developed its own process for innovation to create collaborations between businesses, universities and...
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11 Jun 2015

Nine CV Tips For Early Career Scientists

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  To make it as an academic scientist it’s crucial to make sure you’ve got all the skills you need to achieve your goals. Just have a look at the diagram here from the Royal Society about careers in and outside of science. Whatever stage you’re at you’ll always be busy but putting all your...
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7 Jan 2015

The Introductory Handshake

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Five Elements of the Perfect Introductory Handshake There are forty people at a science conference networking event and each shakes hands once only with the other attendees.  How many handshakes are there in total? Handshakes are a daily ritual in the business realm, and a handshake is one of the strongest ‘first impression’ tools you...
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