UCL Division of Medicine


ECR Events

Discover upcoming events held by the ECR Network and information on previous events.

We aim to organise events relevant for early career researchers from both basic science and clinical backgrounds.

Due to the pandemic we have had to suspend our regular face-to-face events, but we are working to deliver webinars and virtual events. UCL students and staff can access recordings of past webinars from our ECR resources page.

ECR Research Culture Programme

29 September 2022, 1pm

'Raising awareness and intervening with conscious and unconscious bias'

3 October 2022, 1pm

'Microaggressions, Allyship and Ethical EDI'

13 March 2023, 1pm

'From Chasing My Cure to Chasing Our Cures; Lessons learned'


Past ECR events

A chat with Laura Pallet: My journey from PhD student to PI

21 March 2022

Dr Laura Pallet, UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, talked about her journey from PhD student to Principal Investigator. She highlighted the importance of embracing opportunities and shared advice on how to apply for fellowships and grants to build an independent research programme. The talked was followed by a Q&A session.

International Women's Day 2022

8 March 2022

For the 2022 International Women's Day (IWD) celebration female researchers in the Division of Medicine joined forces to invite reflection and inspire everyone in academia to 'Break the Bias'.

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The ECR Network also released the first edition of its new Podcast with Prof Liz Jury and Prof Rachel Batterham, who shared their inspiring stories with authenticity and honesty. This was hosted by Dr Puja Mehta and Dr Adrian Brown.

ECR Podcast: Meet Liz Jury and Rachel Batterham

IWM 2022 Podcast

Navigating the internal UCL Fellowship application process

8 February 2022

Marion Atkinson, Deputy Director of Operations, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Prof Derek Gilroy, Scientific Director, Division of Medicine, explained the different stages of the fellowship and grant application process within the Division of Medicine, and the resources available to support applicants while they work on their proposals and prepare for interviews.

Strategies to tackle bullying and harassment in Academic Medicine

1 October 2021

Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, talked about the policies and strategies Wellcome has adopted to nurture a healthy research culture, free of bullying and harassment.

Fellowship Applications for Early Career Researchers

29 September 2021

We were pleased to host a great line-up of speakers from different charities who talked about fellowship opportunities for ECRs at different stages of their careers:

  • Noel Faherty, British Heart Foundation
  • Tom Beattie, Medical Research Council
  • Silvia Panico, Cancer Research UK
  • Liz Taylor, National Institute for Health and Research

The speakers highlighted the importance of the 3Ps (Person, Project, Place) during the preparation and evaluation of fellowship proposals.

Mentoring and Feedback

28 September 2021

Prof Jen Heemstra, from Emory University, gave an enlightening talk, where she shared great advice on how to build mentoring relationships and give and receive feedback.

We learned about ‘Radical Candor’ for building better relationships, and how to apply the SBI model (Situation, Behaviour, Impact) to help us deliver clear, specific feedback. Watch the recording of the event to find out more!

A career in Life Science Consulting: Explore Opportunities!

17 June 2021


Nik Economopoulos, Associate at Novo Ventures (former L.E.K. Consulting and Roivant Sciences) shared how a day in Science Consulting is like, as well as challenges and opportunities on this interesting career path.

This event was aimed at postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the Division of Medicine, but open to all UCL.

2021 International Women's Day

8-10 March 2021

For the 2021 celebration of International Women's Day, we hosted a virtual screening of the documentary film "Picture a Scientist".

Picture a Scientist is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women in science. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist, lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable and open to all.

Picture a Scientist

Mental Wellbeing in Research

27 February 2020

ECR Mental Wellbeing
The ECR Network was pleased to host Dr Bill Mitchell, an experienced clinical psychologist, who gave a talk on the challenges that researchers face and gave insight into how to maintain mental wellbeing whilst under pressure.

Mental wellbeing
Dr Mitchell delivered practical ideas to address the real challenges researchers face day to day. For more information please see ECR resources. This event was rated 5/5 by attendees.

Research wellbeing

Academic pathways: Transition to Independence

14 November 2019

Transition to academic independence

As part of the 'Careers in Research week', two successful young academic group leaders, Dr Sophie Acton and Dr Harry Leitch, spoke to us about their personal career trajectories in academia and the challenges of setting up your own academic group. They offered strategies for how to overcome complex processes and offered insight into the perseverance required to succeed in the competitive environment of academia. This event was rated 4.5/5 by attendees.

Academic Independence

Careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry

12 November 2019

Careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry

During the 'Careers in Research week' the ECR Network was delighted to host two scientific leaders from GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca who gave us insight into careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The industry talks were followed by a short talk and informal Q&A with an AstraZeneca talent recruiter, Adam Isle.

  • Dr Markus Queisser. Scientific Leader, Protein Degradation, Medicinal Science and Technology Pharma R&D, GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage. Talk title: Careers in industry – insights from the black box.
  • Dr Gargi Patel. MBBChir MA MRCP PhD, Director Physician, Clinical, Oncology R&D | Research & Early Development, AstraZeneca. Talk title: Industry fellowships  life on both sides of the fence.
  • Adam Isle. Global Talent Acquisition Lead – Early Talent & MBA Programmes, AstraZeneca. Talk title: Applications and the Post-Doc programme at AstraZeneca.

Industry ECR event

Science publishing - behind the scenes at Nature

16 September 2019

Science publishing
The ECR Network was pleased to host the Chief Biological Sciences Editor at Nature, Dr Francesca Cesari. Francesca shared tips with us on how to effectively write manuscripts and how to navigate the publishing process at Nature journals. She also shared details about her career journey to Chief scientific editor and information on what an editorial job entails.

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Market yourself effectively on the internet

23 April 2019


In this session, marketing consultant Amanda O'Brien explained how Google searches work and shared tips on how to optimise UCL IRIS profiles to be found on Google. 

Amanda also covered best practice on LinkedIn profiles for academics and how social and traditional media can help ECRs market themselves and thier research to find collaborations and jobs. 

Transitioning from academia to consulting

01 March 2019

Academia to consulting 2019

The ECR Network was excited to host Dr Filip Markiewicz and Dr Laura Whitehead for our first ECR event on transitioning from academia into the consulting industry. Both speakers hold PhDs in medical research but sought out the fast-paced, client-facing sector of consulting after their time in academia. The speakers talked about their experience of consulting applications, suggested resources for practicing business cases and gave us insight into the daily work of a consultant.