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05/08/21 – Skills4Scientists: Careers 1

5th August 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Eventbrite Link:  s4s-careers1-050821.eventbrite.co.uk

This event is part of the virtual Skills 4 Scientists series run by the Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Discovery Network+ (AI3SD) and the Physical Sciences Data-Science Service (PSDS). This session will focus on several areas of careers advice that will be useful to you as you complete your studies and begin your careers.

Who is this event for?
This series of virtual events is primarily aimed at late stage undergraduate or early stage postgraduate students who are studying a physical sciences subject. However, it is open to any attendees who wish to join if the subject matter is of interest to you! Please note though that many of the examples will be based around chemistry / physical sciences subject matter.

This course has no pre-requisites


  • 2:00-2:10: Registration, Welcome & Coffee
  • 2:10-2:40: Writing a CV – Sarah Hewitt
  • 2:40-3:00: Cultivating your Web Presence – Samantha Kanza
  • 3:00-3:15: Break
  • 3:15-4:15: Building your professional contacts – Networking for Scientists and/or Introverts – Kevin Parker
  • 4:15-4:25: Careers & Employability – current contexts & opportunities – Joyce Lewis
  • 4:25-4:55: Panel Q+A with Speakers
  • 4:55-5:00: Wrap up

Speaker Bios:

  • Dr Sarah Hewitt is a Teaching Fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Taught modules include Professional Development, Data Visualisation and Data Mining. After 11 years teaching English and Media in a big secondary school (including a sixth form) Sarah decided to take a break and do something completely different. Sarah completed the Web Science MOOC on Futurelearn, and from there completed a Masters and a PhD here at the the University of Southampton. Sarah is now a Teaching Fellow here, based in the research group WAIS (Web and Internet Science).
  • Dr Samantha Kanza is an Enterprise Fellow at the University of Southampton. She completed her MEng in Computer Science at the University of Southampton and then worked for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence for a year before returning to do an iPhD in Web Science (in Computer Science and Chemistry), which focused on Semantic Tagging of Scientific Documents and Electronic Lab Notebooks. She was awarded her PhD in April 2018. Samantha works in the interdisciplinary research area of applying computer science techniques to the scientific domain, specifically through the use of semantic web technologies and artificial intelligence. Her research includes looking at electronic lab notebooks and smart laboratories, to improve the digitization and knowledge management of the scientific record using semantic web technologies; and using IoT devices in the laboratory. She has also worked on a number of interdisciplinary Semantic Web projects in different domains, including agriculture, chemistry and the social sciences.
  • Dr Kevin Parker started his career with a bang by blowing up a laboratory at the University of Cambridge while studying for his Ph.D. Some 40 years later, he runs a training and consultancy company helping start-up companies and individuals achieve their promise. He has completed 500 assignments in this area since 1995. His company’s clients have included 19 Russell Group Universities, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, departments of both the UK and Scottish Government, and the Episcopal Church of Scotland.
  • Joyce Lewis leads careers and employability initiatives in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, supporting and advising our students in their career progression, and working with many globally-leading and niche technology companies to support and further their employment initiatives. Joyce founded and have run the annual Engineering and Technology Careers Fair at the University since 2008 (launched after the publication of the first university league tables), and organize many company seminars and employability events throughout the year. Joyce has worked in higher education (St Andrews University, London School of Economics, University of Southampton) throughout her career and also in academic publishing (indexing and editing for Basil Blackwell, Oxford University Press, and many others).


5th August 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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