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Three steps to career success: a webinar series for early career researchers

Monday, 10 February, 2020 - 12:30 to Thursday, 27 February, 2020 - 13:15


We have joined forces with The Physiological Society to organise a three-part webinar series for early career researchers. This series has been designed to help build your soft skills providing expert insight on building resilience and transitioning to independence, as well as networking and building an online presence.

Registration is free for members of the British Society for Immunology and The Physiological Society.

Each webinar is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and may be counted as 9 CPD credits.

Registration deadlines:

  • 5 February 2020 for “Building resilience” and series bundle
  • 13 February 2020 for “Networking and building an online presence”
  • 24 February 2020 for “Transitioning to independence”

Building resilience
Monday 10 February 2020, 12:30-13:15 GMT

The first webinar of the series will look into building your resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and is part of the phenotype of the successful scientist: resilience in the face of experiments failing, papers being rejected, short term contracts, minimal wages and a terrifying lack of job security.

The session will be provided by expert speakers John Tregoning and Cecilia Johansson from Imperial College London. They will discuss how to build/enhance your resilience and what specific strategies you can use to boost your coping techniques. You will learn how to:

  • Understanding the need for resilience in an academic career
  • Tools to build and maintain resilience
  • How to draw support from your networks and research environment



Tregoning, John

Dr John Tregoning is a Reader in Respiratory Infections in the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London. John studied Genetics at Cambridge and went on to do a PhD and postdoc at Imperial before starting his own group studying respiratory infections.

He also blogs about academic careers ( and has written on the subject for Nature, Times Higher Education and The Guardian.

Cecilia Johansson

Dr Cecilia Johansson is a Senior Lecturer in the Section of Respiratory Infections, at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. Following her undergraduate and PhD studies in Sweden and postdoctoral research in the USA, Cecilia started her own research group at Imperial College. Her main research questions are how lung cells communicate to induce an efficient innate immune response, which cells produce IFNs during respiratory viral infections and how type I IFNs regulate lung inflammation


Networking and building an online presence
Tuesday 18 February 2020, 12:30-13:15 GMT

The second webinar will cover networking, both in person and online. Effective networking is key to develop new collaborations and is a powerful tool for career growth. Modern technology allows people to network with ever larger audiences than traditional forms of networking so it's more important than ever to become an influential researcher. 

The session will be provided by expert speaker Dan Brayson from University College London. He will discuss the best strategies to begin networking and develop your networks further, including online resources and using social media to reach a wider audience. You will learn how to:

  • Set your networking goals and routes to achieving them
  • Establish your offering and initiating dialogues
  • Recognise opportunities to build your online presence

Dan Brayson

Dr Dan Brayson is a research scientist currently based at UCL Institute of Child Health with a keen interest in cardiac function. He prominently focusses on inherited heart conditions, in particular those which arise in conjunction with different forms of muscular dystrophy. He has a passion for the science which underpins extreme fatigue and regularly goes on field trips to collect data to help him understand this topic better. Much of this is present online in the form of The Ultra Cycle Diaries, courtesy of The Physiological Society YouTube channel.

Transitioning to independence
Thursday 27 February 2020, 12:30-13:15 GMT

The final session in this series will explore transitioning to independent research. There are many challenges to face when you first look to become an independent researcher but there are also many opportunities you can take advantage of.

This session will be provided by expert speaker Viki Male from Imperial College London. She will discuss how to go about your initial search, from finding an institute to choosing the right position for you, focussing on grant writing and initial funding. You will learn how to:

  • Prepare for transitioning, find an institute and choose a position
  • Write your first grant – find the right scheme and effective applications
  • Get started – issues around finances, hiring and acquiring licences

Check out these Fellowships that can help you start, continue or return to your research career. 


Viki Male

Dr Viki Male is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Lecturer in Reproductive Immunology based in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction at the Royal Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus of Imperial College. Viki did her PhD at Cambridge and postdoctoral research at Imperial. She then started her own group at UCL in 2015 before returning to Imperial in 2019 joining with the research charity Borne, with the aim of preventing preterm birth by investigating how ILCs in the uterus work to establish and maintain pregnancy.


Registration is FREE for members of the British Society for Immunology and The Physiological Society. For non-members, prices are £20 per webinar or £50 for the series bundle.

There are limited spaces available, please book your place early to avoid disappointment. To get the most out of the webinars, we recommend signing up to all three by selecting the 'Series bundle' event fee.

If you’re a member of The Physiological Society (and not the BSI), you need to register via their website to receive the free registration.