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Diverse Career Perspectives for Academics

Date & time: Monday, May 8th, from 12:00 to 18:00
Location: The Utrecht University Hall (‘Academiegebouw’) near Utrecht Central station

Event information:

Dear young researchers in Brain, Cognition and Behavior, 

Young NeurolabNL is glad to announce our third event: “Diverse career perspectives for academics”. Mark your calendars for May 8th, in the Utrecht University Hall (‘Academiegebouw’) in Utrecht at a stone’s throw from the Central station. Join us for an afternoon that will bring together academics working in university and other professionals working in non-academic sectors. There will be enriching panel discussions and two interactive workshop sessions led by professional coaches: “Find your compass” and “Keys to finding work-life balance”. In addition, you will be able to speed-date with the speakers and get feedback on your CV. Afterwards, there will be drinks and we will all have ample time and opportunities for networking. See you in May!

This event is aimed at assistant professors, postdocs and senior phd students.

Registration and participation in this event are free, but sign up soon because there are a limited number of spots (registration closes on April 23rd).

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Event Agenda:

12:00 – 12:45  Arrival (+ lunch provided)

12:45 – 12:55 Welcome and Introduction

13:00 – 14:30 Speakers (20min per speaker: 15min talk + 5min Q&A)

  •   Dr. Angelique Cramer
  •   Dr. Bram Zandbelt
  •   Dr. Geert Schenk
  •   Dr. Janna Cousijn

14:30 – 15:00 Panel discussion

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:15 Coaching session #1 + speed-dating with speakers and feedback on your CV

16:15 – 16:30   Break

16:30 – 17:15  Coaching session #2 + speed-dating with speakers and feedback on your CV

17:15 – 18:00  Borrelen

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Workshops info:

Workshop title: Find your compass

Workshop provider: Dr. Sara Fabbri, career coach for academics and PhD in Neuroscience.

Workshop summary: We often ask ourselves: what type of job is there for me? In this workshop we will reverse the direction: what type of job do you look for? You will reflect on your personal and life values and use them as a compass to point you in the direction of a career path that is satisfying and in line with other important aspects of your life. At the end of the workshop, you will have a list of steps to take in the direction of the career you want.

The target group of this workshop are students/early career academics that are unsure about their next career step or unhappy in their current job but with no clear ideas on alternatives.

Workshop title: Keys to findings work-life balance

Workshop provider: Dr. Samula Mescher, international coach and trainer for scientists

Workshop summary: During this workshop dr. Samula Mescher will debunk 3 myths that stand in the way of you finding balance.

– Myth 1: Finding balance and being a driven, ambitious academic are not compatible

– Myth 2: Time management will help you find a better work-life balance

– Myth 3: You feel unbalanced because of how busy you are

You will learn why these are myths and you will discover what it takes to find more balance. Samula will share 4 important keys to finding balance in academia. You will leave the workshop with a practical action you can take immediately to improve your work-life balance.

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Speakers info:

Angélique Cramer: After three years of doing freelance consultancy and research work as well as being a techno DJ and producer, I recently rekindled my academic career and joined the Centre for Urban Mental Health (Department of Psychiatry) at Amsterdam UMC (location AMC) as an Associate Professor. As a psychologist and theoretical methodologist I’m passionate about using a complex systems approach to mental health with the ultimate aim of being better able to help people who suffer from mental disorders.

Bram Zandbelt: I have honed my data science and leadership skills in an international, academic context, before joining NS. As a data scientist, I create meaningful impact and business value by solving pressing problems through the design, development, and deployment of end-to-end data science solutions. As a technical lead, I support NS’ transition to a data-driven organization by representing and building the NS data science community and advising management on data science.

Geert Schenk: As a neuroscientist I am passionate about the brain. I am also particularly passionate about education. As such Iam involved in coordinating, creating and teaching (neuro)anatomy and neuroscience  content in a variety of bachelors, masters and post-academic programs. In addition, I am the chair of the educational board of the faculty of Medicine and board member and treasurer of the Dutch Anatomists Association (NAV).

Janna Cousijn is Associate Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. With her team she studies how the brain and it’s interaction with the environment shape risk and resilience to addiction.

If you have any other questions, you can also contact Desiderio Cano