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Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR)

Connect. Appreciate. Celebrate.

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The Festival of Early Stage Researchers (FESR) is back! The week long festivities will celebrate the invaluable contribution UCL’s early stage research community has made to research and innovation. This year’s theme will be: Research Culture, Research Leadership and Researcher Futures (Careers, Finance and Wellbeing). We hope you can join us at the Festival from Thursday 23rd March to Wednesday 29th March 2023.

"The Festival is a really valuable opportunity to celebrate and support early career researchers, who bring such innovation, creativity and energy to our research ecosystem. Collaboration is fundamental to research and this is a wonderful opportunity to make connections, share experiences and develop new ideas and approaches with your peers." - The President and Provost, Dr Michael Spence AC

You can review the full FESR 2023 Timetable below and book your place at each event via Eventbrite. To explore this year's themes we have organised a variety of online, on-campus and hybrid events. These include interactive workshops, expert panels, networking opportunities, an introductory yoga session and our flagship event, the Researcher Town Hall. This year, the Town Hall will examine the important topic of how we can improve research culture. We have plenty of events and activities for you to get involved in!

We’ll be live tweeting event highlights throughout the festival so make sure you're following the Researcher Experience Twitter page: @UCL_ODResearch. This is a festival about you and your experience at UCL so do get involved by using the hashtags #FESR23 and #UCLFESR23.

If you have any enquiries in regards to the festival, please email us at rx.general@ucl.ac.uk

Explore the FESR 2023 Timetable below and book your place on Eventbrite:

FESR 2023 Timetable:

Thursday 23rd March 2023
Date:Time:Event title:
Thursday 23rd March 202310:00 - 11:30Lab Leaders Live: Developing Your Leadership Capacity
Thursday 23rd March 202312:00 - 13:00Foundation In Financial Wellbeing
Thursday 23rd March 202314:00 - 16:00Making The Leap: How Researchers Find Roles Beyond Academia 
Friday 24th March 2023
Date:Time:Event title:
Friday 24th March 202310:00 - 13:40Making The Most Of Your Supervisory Relationship
Friday 24th March 202314:00 - 15:30 Meet The Publisher
Monday 27th March 2023
Date:Time:Event title:
Monday 27th March 202310:00 -11:00Maximise Your Career Success With Nature Masterclasses
Monday 27th March 202311:30 - 12:30Researcher Leaders In Action Panel
Monday 27th March 202313:15 - 14:30Researcher Town Hall: How Do We Bring About Culture Change In Research?
Tuesday 28th March 2023
Date:Time:Event title:
Tuesday 28th March 202310:00 - 10:45FESR Fair: PGR Funding Support Panel
Tuesday 28th March 202311:00 - 11:45FESR Fair: ADAPT To Thrive Panel
Tuesday 28th March 202312:00 - 12:45FESR Fair: Impact And Early Stage Research Panel
Tuesday 28th March 202313:00 - 14:00FESR Fair: Support And Connect
Tuesday 28th March 202314:00 - 14:30FESR Fair: RIGE Funding Opportunities
Tuesday 28th March 202315:00 - 16:30FESR Fair: Researcher Showcase and Speed Networking Event 
Tuesday 28th March 202316:30 - 18:30FESR Fair: Social
Wednesday 29th March 2023
Date:Time:Event title:
Wednesday 29th March 202310:00 - 11:30Applying For Fellowships And Grants
Wednesday 29th March 202311:45 - 12:30Teaching and Supervision as Professional Development
Wednesday 29th March 202313:00 - 14:20All Work And No Play: How To Cultivate A Healthy Work - Life Balance
Wednesday 29th March 202315:00 - 16:00Find The Calm: Introduction To Being Well At UCL And Yoga Session