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SIfA EMCR Workshop 2016: Bring your skills into the world


28 November 2016


Following the success of its first edition, SIfA presented the 2nd Early & Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) Workshop, held on Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. Funded by the Hunstead Gift and the School of Physics, the aim of the workshop is to present career options for astronomers in industrial, technical or commercial positions.


Prof. Tim Bedding at the SIfA EMCR Workshop 2016
Prof. Tim Bedding at the SIfA EMCR Workshop 2016

The workshop started with the official welcome by Prof. Tim Bedding, Head of School, followed by a talk by Alex Pain, NSW Business Chamber, on why Physics is important for the jobs of the future. Mark Overn, AMSI Business Development, introduced to the AMSI Intern, a program that offers postgraduate students the opportunity to apply their research skills within an industry context.

The workshop continued with Career Roundtable Discussion Sessions. With the format of Q&A session, a group of successful people with a scientific background described their careers, providing advice on how to bring the skills acquired during a PhD in Physics or Astronomy into a new, but equally challenging, field.


Invited Speakers at the SIfA EMCR Workshop 2016
Invited Speakers at the SIfA EMCR Workshop 2016


The jump into the job market might be scary, academics might fill out of place and be afraid to miss the challenge that scientific research might offers. But this is not the story the panelists told. By sharing their stories, the panelists inspired students and postdocs to transform their academic career into something new and exciting, encouraging them not to underestimate any of the abilities and experiences gathered during their PhD or research.


The take-home message of the meeting: be confident, pitch your skills, bring your ideas into the world.