CDB Retreat 2013
On the weekend of July 5th-7th the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology heads to the University of Bath for a retreat that promises to showcase the best of its current research while providing a forum for discussion on topics as varied as career progression, teaching, supporting departmental activities and grant writing.
This is an opportunity to gain a greater, holistic understanding of the department's varied activities, spark new collaborations and recognise the hard work that goes on every day, making CDB such an attractive destination for both undergraduate and graduate students alike.
The event will include a poster exhibition, one from each lab, showcasing the latest research from each CDB group.
Attendance is not compulsory but as a valued member of the department we'd love to see you there.
Registration is now closed. Delegates should read this Q and A:
Where is the retreat and how do I get there?
The venue is the University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, North East Somerset BA2 7AY, Tel: 01225 388388.
Directions to the campus can be found at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/about/gettinghere and you'll find a map of the grounds at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/about/gettinghere/maps/. The nearest National Rail Station is Bath Spa.
Further information on taxis, buses and parking upon arrival can be found in this getting there PDF document.
You mean we have to make our own way there?
Yes. We've ploughed every pound of the faculty's generous retreat endowment into giving you the best possible weekend, including an evening meal and drinks reception at Bath's historic Pump Room, free on-campus accommodation, plus breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. We must therefore ask you to meet the cost of your travel to and from the venue.
Book your train tickets through The Trainline without delay to get the cheapest available fares: http://www.thetrainline.com/
What happens when we arrive?
If you're arriving on Friday July 5th, we'll ask you to make your way to the campus between 3-6pm. Follow the signage to the registration desk in 4 West Atrium, where you'll be issued with your delegate badge, then directed to Woodland Court to collect your room key and check in. Those arriving by car prior to 5pm who've requested a parking permit will have it issued at the registration desk if the CDB office hasn't been able to issue to you prior to the retreat. We ask you to return to your cars immediately and affix it as the attendants are allegedly overzealous! Once registration is complete and you've checked into your room, we'll see you later that evening for a welcome drinks reception at Bath's historic Banquet Hall from 7pm, followed by dinner at The Pump Room from 8pm. There's no formal dress code but the retreat team recommends smart/casual.
If you're arriving on Saturday, please collect your room key from office in Woodland Court, then make your presence known to Ed Whitfield who'll formally count you in.
What does the programme look like?
View the programme (opens PDF document). Updated!
The programme refers to a series of workshops on the Saturday afternoon. What are they for?
We want to stimulate thinking in areas that will be most relevant to the department. A synopsis for each session is included below. When you pre-register you'll be invited to choose one from each colour pair. Attendance for these sessions is voluntary.
- Teaching Opportunities (Blue):The aim of the workshop will be to discuss the practical application of teaching resources, such as Portico, Moodle and other online materials, for the benefit of those members of staff engaged in the design and implementation of courses. The role of the teaching office and its interactions with staff will also be discussed as well as any issues relating to teaching load and tutorials.
- Imaging (Blue): This workshop will discuss recent developments in biological imaging, including super resolution and light sheet microscopy (LSFM, SPIM, etc). We will discuss further plans for imaging techniques within the Division, as well as what technology is currently present within the department. Issues relating to image analysis will also be addressed. The needs, problems and desires of current staff will be discussed.
- PhD Student to PI (Green): The academic career path can be difficult to navigate, and the variety of different possible career-routes and job-types available can be confusing. This session is tailored towards students and postdocs considering an academic career, and will consist of three of the younger members of academic staff discussing their career-paths so far with their experiences of what has worked for them and what they would do differently if given a second chance. There will also be discussion of the all-important work-life balance, especially in the context of raising a family. The majority of the session will be left open for questions and discussion.
- Supporting the Department (Green): The aim of the workshop is to discuss the activities, responsibilities and services provided by the support staff within the department. How might these be developed? How might a work-flow with academic staff be improved? Discussion will focus on how to improve the integration of support services, in addition to what actions academics can take to better support those in administrative roles.
- Grant Writing 101 (Yellow): In this workshop, we will discuss all the things, other than good science, that influence whether you are successful on grant and fellowship panels. We hope that about 4 or 5 of you will have grant funding ideas that could be used as examples for discussion. If so, a written paragraph outlining the project ahead of time would be appreciated.
- Computational Biology (Yellow): Computational biology covers a vast range of biological applications, uses a huge range of different types of quantitative modelling methodologies and is spread over many disciplines ranging from mathematics and physics to evolution and biochemistry. For this reason, experimentalists wishing to apply modelling methods in their research often find knowing where to start - and who to approach - a major obstacle. In this workshop we shall try to define, demystify and classify some of the different aspects of computational biology that are relevant for your research. Our aim is to give advice on what to expect from the respective methodologies and to equip you with enough common language to approach more theoretically inclined colleagues to explain the types of analysis you wish to perform.
Each session will last 45 minutes.
Nb: That some parts of the programme and arrival details may be subject to change. Please check this page a few days prior to the retreat to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
For further information contact Ed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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