Professional Development

Saturday, April 21


Constructing your elevator pitch
McCormick Place, W184a
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Whether talking to colleagues at a conference or chatting with your seatmate on a plane ride, being able to describe your research efficiently is a skill that all scientists should have. In this interactive workshop led by members of the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee, you will learn how to construct an elevator pitch, which is a brief, engaging description of your research. We will discuss tips and real-life examples of approaches to communication that work (and don’t work) and provide plenty of opportunities for practice and feedback.

Identifying transferrable skills
McCormick Place, W185bc
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Scientists build many different skills — from techniques to communication to personnel management — throughout their careers. However, communicating these skills outside the academic research environment can be challenging. Zach Marks, co-founder and chief operating officer of Oystir, an online jobs marketplace that matches candidates and employers based on skills, will lead graduate student and postdoctoral fellows in learning how best to present their skills to potential employers.

Networking 101
McCormick Place, W184d
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Whether you are an early-career scientist or an established member of your scientific community, developing and maintaining a network of professional contacts will help grow your career. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in learning how to cultivate professional relationships will develop a personal action plan during this workshop, which will be led by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee.

Why do science outreach?
McCormick Place, W185a
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Participating in nonresearch pursuits, such as science outreach activities, usually is not seen as essential for a successful scientific career. However, a growing body of research has begun to point to several benefits of getting involved with these types of programs. During this workshop, representatives from the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee and Northwestern University’s “Science in Society” research center will discuss how taking part in science outreach activities can have both short- and long-term positive impacts on scientists, focusing in particular on skill development, professional advancement and establishment of strong community relationships.