GRADnet welcomed over 100 new PGRs to their online induction day on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. Dr Olivia Keenan, Acting SEPnet Executive Director and Outreach Director and Cristobel Soares, Graduate Network Manager, led the event with an introduction to what SEPnet is and what GRADnet has to offer postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.
Thank you to Lukas Gunthermann, University of Sussex and Matthew Grayling, University of Southampton who gave presentations on their SEPnet PGR placement experience and the advantages of taking up such an opportunity during their PhD.
Attendees were invited to participate in the following workshops:
- Intro to Basic Python and Intro to Scientific Python delivered by Dr Tim Kinnear, University of Kent
- Science Communication Skills led by Dr Claudia Antolini, SEPnet/Ogden Senior Officer for Outreach and Public Engagement, Department of Physics, Royal Holloway, University of London and Hannah Tonry, SEPnet/Ogden Engagement Officer, Division of Natural Sciences, University of Kent
- Understanding Software for Research delivered by Claire Hepwood, Royal Holloway, University of London
Thank you to our workshop leads for running these informative sessions online and dealing with challenges this entails. Feedback from one of the attendees: “It was a really good talk. Astonishing how much Tim could fit into one hour of introduction.”
GRADnet hopes to welcome the next cohort in October 2022 with a face to face event at One Park Crescent in London!