Category: Early Career

UPDATE 06/08/18: Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

Cogent BBSRC logosBIOCATNET, along with other BBSRC NIBB and Cogent Skills, hosted the second IB conference on “Beyond the lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career”. The two-day conference was aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers from the BBSRC NIBB networks. The objective of the conference was to broaden delegate’s awareness of possible careers outside of the university laboratory, and highlight the professional skills they will need in addition to their technical skills.

The sessions from the first day were recorded as seminars, and along with all of the presentations can be accessed on the Cogent Skills website: https://www.cogentskills.com/beyond-the-lab-developing-your-ibc

The full programme for the conference can be found HERE.

New Industrial Biotechnology Strategy launched to secure UK leadership in clean growth

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Today the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) launches the new ‘National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030’, promoted in partnership with the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA). The Strategy has been developed by the IBLF and two BBSRC NIBB, CBMNet and BIOCATNET.

The National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030 aims to ensure that the UK becomes a leader in the global shift towards clean growth by fostering the development of industrial biotechnology SMEs. It will be launched at an event in Parliament on Wednesday 6 June organised by the BIA and hosted by Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge. The event brings together industry, academia and policymakers to discuss how the UK industrial biotechnology sector can solve many environmental problems by promoting clean growth and reducing waste, such as oil-based plastics by creating biodegradable alternatives.

Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career

BIOCATNET and Cogent Skills are hosting the second IB conference on “Beyond the lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career”. The two-day conference is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers from the BBSRC NIBB network. The objective of the conference is to broaden delegate’s awareness of possible careers outside of the university laboratory, and highlight the professional skills they will need in addition to their technical skills.

The full programme for the conference can be found HERE.

The event takes place at the University of York Exhibition Centre on the 18-19th of July 2018. BIOCATNET has up to 15 places available, to register your interest in the event please complete the application form and return it along with a cover letterstating your background and why you would like to attend the event to the BIOCATNET network managers.

For more information download the event agenda.

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Developing a Strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the UK

In March 2017 RSM was commissioned by a consortium of four BBSRC NIBB, acting on behalf of the members of all 13 networks, to produce a report on the UK’s industrial biotechnology landscape. The report is available in full here and summary here.

The report was launched on the 31st October at an invited event held in Sheffield and attended by almost 90 delegates drawn from academia, industry, and other key stakeholders. We will be working in the coming months to engage further with those people and other stakeholders who weren’t able to attend the launch in order to develop and implement an action plan that delivers the recommendations of the report. If you would like to comment or contribute to those efforts, then please contact the NIBB Network Managers.

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XI, 29th-30th June 2017

On the 29th-30th June, the University of Warwick will host the eleventh annual meeting exploring the chemistry and biology of natural products covering subjects from synthetic chemistry to microbial genetics.

This two-day symposium is aimed at postgraduate students, PDRAs and young academics but is also open to any academic/industrialist working in any areas of natural product chemistry and biology.

Careers fair for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) scientists

April 12th 2017, University of Sheffield

Our career fair will provide you with the chance to meet employers face-to-face, to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available, and to market yourself to prospective employers. There are several talks you can attend about the sector and the opportunities within it, along with opportunity to get advice on your CV from professionals.

  • Explore careers in IBBE from laboratory based jobs to working as a patent lawyer
  • Meet employers with graduate schemes, current and future job opportunities
  • Hear from different employers about what it’s like to work for them
  • Get feedback on your CV in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak with industrialists in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak with academics in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak to the BBSRC about your future career in academia in our one-to-one clinics
  • ESSIB 2016: European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology

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    The third edition of the “European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology” will take place in Barcelona, 5th-9th September, 2016 with a focus on “Bioprocess design and optimisation for the production of recombinant proteins: Concepts, tools, methods and current challenges”. The summer school is aimed towards PhD students and postdocs, preferentially from European labs, and started in 2014 to take place annually in a different country and with a different focus for each edition. The Summer School is currently organized by a network of three partners (University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences), the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Technical Biochemistry), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering). More partners are invited to join the network.

    Industrial Biotechnology Skills Conference and Workshop, 18-19 May 2016, Manchester

    This two-day BBSRC event, developed in conjunction Cogent Skills and the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum, is an opportunity for early career researchers to discover more about possible career paths in Industrial Technology, including those outside the laboratory. This event will feature career development workshops and activities, as well as sessions from individuals in academia & industry highlighting various career paths and opportunities.

    This event will bring together a mix of early career researchers from 8 BBSRC NIBB. BIOCATNET will sponsor up to 12 people to attend this event free of charge, these places are available to PhD students, Post-docs, and early career industry researchers. Click here to download the the event flyer.

    Industrial Biotechnology Course: Biocatalysis through to Synthetic Biology


    Industrial Biotechnology Course: Biocatalysis through to Synthetic Biology

    When: 18-20 April 2016

    Where: Biochemical Engineering, University College London

    This unique module designed in collaboration with the Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) will introduce options for integrating biocatalysis into chemical manufacturing processes, and also explore successful examples of biocatalyst design, process operation and biorefining for sustainable manufacturing. In this module a series of lectures, problem solving case studies, and a practical workshop will provide close interaction with key academic and industrial speakers