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CienciaUK 2017. The research career and other scientific jobs in the UK

Life and Matter Sciences Workshop November 17, 2017 Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces, C/ Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid

Organized by:

Fundación Ramón Areces y Sociedad de Científicos Españoles en el Reino Unido

In cooperation with:

Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT)


Eduardo OliverInvestigador en el Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC). Representante en España de la Sociedad de Científicos Españoles en el Reino Unido (SRUK/CERU)

Lorenzo MelchorCoordinador científico internacional de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT), Embajada de España en el Reino Unido

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Do you know that in a country with a science and technology system as developed as the UK, only 3.5% of PhDs secure a tenured position in academia? Taking this into consideration, it is important to be aware of all different science careers beyond univeristy and research centres at a young age. The traditional researcher career is often shown as a professional career with stages that are very well-defined in length and in merits to advance from one stage to another, so that a graduate does a Postgraduate Course, a Master, a PhD, one or two Postdocs, and sooner or later, gets his academic Tenured Position. However, it is important to provide information about the difficulty of this career and about how one can progress considering the path is often not that straight. Additionally, it is also required to show that there are other professional careers for young scientists, so they can choose sooner rather than later whatever it is better for their personal and professional development.

A background in sciences or a PhD does provide quite comprehensive knowledge and skills that are transferable to other professional sectors and that provide a competitive advantage for any type of job, inside or outside the academic world.

In the United Kingdom, it is common practice that universities and research centres have these professional advice services for the young scientist: workshops, mock interviews, advice for CV writing… 

Having this in mind, as well as the origin of the society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK) and the experience of their membership, we organize this day to provide a similar guidance to all Spanish young scientists, with special attention to the opportunities present in the United Kingdom.

With this conference, celebrated for the fourth year in a row, iwe intend to inform and guide on the variety of science careers, and inspire new vocations, through the wide experience of different professionals in sciences invited by SRUK that will cover the following topics:

  • Researcher career in the United Kingdom: differences and similarities with Spain.
  • Funding opportunities for stays in the United Kingdom.
  • Research in the private sector.
  • Skills and capabilities acquired during a science background.
  • Science careers beyond research such as management, communication, business development international relations, editor in scientific journals, or entrepreneurship.

Friday, 17





Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra
Director de la Fundación Ramón Areces.

Borja Izquierdo
Director General en funciones de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT).

Estrella Luna Díez
Investigadora en la Universidad de Sheffield. Presidenta de la Sociedad de Científicos Españoles en el Reino Unido (SRUK/CERU).

SESSION 1: The academic career


Eduardo Oliver

The PhD in the United Kingdom: differences and similarities with Spain

Judit García González
Investigadora predoctoral. Universidad Queen Mary de Londres.


Postdoctoral and young researchers development opportunities in the United Kingdom

Alejandra Sel
Investigadora Principal. Universidad de Oxford.


Consolidation and survival in the academic career in the United Kingdom

Eva Hevia
Catedrática de Química Inorgánica. Universidad de Strathclyde.


The guide of the Spanish researcher in the United Kingdom

Lorenzo Melchor
Coordinador Científico FECYT. Embajada de España en Londres.



SESSION 2: Science mobility & research in industry


Estrella Luna Díez


El paso de la investigación académica a la industria biotecnológica

Maria Barreira González
Investigadora científica.Touchlight Genetics.


La investigación en la industria química

Patricia Forcén
Tecnóloga Sénior. Zotefoams Plc.


The UK Science and Innovation system and its relationship with Europe 

Sara Cebrián
Agregada en Ciencia e Innovación. Embajada Británica en España. UK Science and Innovation Network.


Debate about the Researcher Career


Break and networkings

SESSION 3: Science beyond the bench


Lorenzo Melchor


Editorial management in a scientific journal

Irene Fernández Ruiz
Editora Senior. Nature Reviews Cardiology.


Grants scheme management in a charity

Lorenzo de la Rica
Responsable de programas y asesor de becas. The Royal Society.


Management of innovation and collaborations with industry from a university

Sandra Esteras Chopo
Gestora de colaboraciones con Empresa e Innovación. Imperial College London.


Scientific Entrepreneurship and Business Management

Miquel Costa Ferrando
Co-Fundador y Director. Aglaris Ltd.


Debate about Science beyond the Bench



Estrella Luna Díez
Investigadora en la Universidad de Sheffield. Presidenta de la Sociedad de Científicos Españoles en el Reino Unido (SRUK/CERU).

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