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Poll: What should the #ECRchat topic for November 21st 2013 be?

The next #ECRchat is on Thursday 21st November at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (GMT), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CET), 15:00-16:00 in New York (EST), 12:00-13:00 in Vancouver (PST), and 09:00-10:00 in Auckland (NZDT). This chat will be hosted by Joanne Kamens of Addgene (full bio below).

Please vote for your preferred chat topic (topic descriptions below):


1) International collaboration and resource sharing

The internet is making the world smaller, but sharing information and materials across borders can still be challenging.  International collaboration is on the rise.  What are the characteristics of good collaborations and what tools can you use to make these projects successful.

2) How to find and utilize a mentor

We all hear the buzzword of “mentoring” in relation to career success but most of us don’t know how to look for a strong mentor or how to use once effectively once we have found one.  Let’s talk about tips for finding a mentor and getting the most out of these relationships

3) Networking is really building relationships–how to

Strong and diverse professional relationships are necessary for most people to succeed in their careers. Networking is more than meeting people, it is developing relationships for the future.  What practical tips have worked for you in starting and maintaining relationships to enrich your work life and to provide opportunity?

4) Building skills during training for a future in a non-academic career

One of the questions I am most asked is how can one apply for jobs that require industry experience before getting some industry experience.  There is a lot you can do while in graduate school or as a postdoc to prepare for non-academic careers.  What specific things have you been doing and what skills should you be demonstrating?

Dr. Joanne Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene, a nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmids.  Before joining Addgene she worked for 15 years at BASF/Abbott and 4 years in biotech at RXi Pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Kamens has been raising advocating for diversity in science since 1998 upon realizing that an entire week had gone by at work and not one other woman had been at any meeting she attended.  She founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science and served as Director of the Healthcare Business Women’s Boston Group Mentoring Program for 3 years.  In 2010, Dr. Kamens received the Catalyst Award from the Science Club for Girls for longstanding dedication to empowering women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  In 2013 she became a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Science and was recognized as a PharmaVoice 100 Most Influential.  She speaks widely on career development topics in person and via Webinar to STEM trainees.


Postdoc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researching visual word recognition. Likes MEG, TMS, fMRI, reading, waffles, and motorbiking.

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