In spring and summer 2021, the British Society for Immunology undertook a new career development webinar series designed to highlight and promote alternative career paths for immunologists.
Immunologists pursue varied career paths, each following different routes to reach their destinations. Many immunology graduates follow a more traditional route starting with a PhD and postdoc placements and then moving onto independent research as a principal investigator. However, there are many exciting career paths beyond academia. With this series, we aimed to offer insights into different routes you can take using the foundations and transferable skills learnt studying immunology. In these webinars, you can explore how to enter different career pathways, what the day-to-day looks like, the prospects for career development and progression, and more.
Each webinar in the series is delivered by immunology graduates and/or researchers who currently work in that respective area.
This webinar series was free for all BSI members to watch. Recordings of each webinar will also be available for members to view when logged in to the members' area of the website.
Careers in immunology: science communication
This session took place on Tuesday 6 July and was presented by Eleanor Sherwood, Research Communications Officer at King's College Hospital.
Careers in immunology: secondary science teaching
This session took place on Tuesday 15 June and was presented by Victoria McGregor, a secondary school science teacher based in Glasgow.
A recording of this webinar will be available for BSI members shortly.
Careers in immunology: laboratory technician
This session took place on Wednesday 26 May and was presented by Dr Mari George, Flow Cytometry Research Assistant at the University of Edinburgh.
Careers in immunology: research funding and strategy
This session took place on Thursday 13 May and was presented by Dr Divya Shah, BSI Trustee and Science Portfolio Manager at the Wellcome Trust.
Careers in immunology: scientific publishing
This session took place on Tuesday 20 April and was presented by Dr Allison Lang, Publishing Director at The BMJ.
Careers in immunology: clinical science
This session took place on Tuesday 30 March and was presented by Dr Alison Whitelegg, a consultant clinical immunologist at University Hospital Southampton.