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Critical Skills for Success -
Expand Your Toolbox
SBN is proud to present our Critical Skills for Success workshop series. Through an interactive hands-on approach to learning, the workshop series are designed to expand your working knowledge of soft skills proven essential to your professional success.
The Ripple Effect: Communicating Science to General Audiences
A science degree can teach you how to work in a lab, but it often overlooks a key area for a successful career in biotech: communication skills. How can you convey your passion to a potential employer or funder? How do you communicate on a multidisciplinary team? How do you explain the value of your work to friends and family?
This 90-minute workshop offers practical tools to translate your passion and expertise in science into language for non-experts. You'll prepare and deliver a 30-second elevator pitch, learn how to draw key messages out of a research paper, and see real-life examples of good and bad science communication.
Andy Torr is a communications strategist in the Office of the Vice President Research at UBC. He specializes in explaining complex scientific concepts to general audiences, and he develops targeted messaging about UBC research for government, industry, funding agencies, peer universities, and the public. He has an environmental science degree.
Effective Networking Skills
The ability to do effective networking is an often overlooked leadership skill, but it’s one that will greatly assist you in getting the career you want.
This 90-minute workshop offers practical tools to build and maintain an effective professional network. Learn about best places to network, tips for conquering any networking event, how to avoid the awkward silence, polite exit strategies, and how to maintain long lasting connections afterwards.
Jazz Bamra has a B.Sc. in Cell & Molecular Biology from Simon Fraser University. She has over 8 years of experience in a community hospital for children and 10 years in a community pharmacy. She has done volunteer work with Life Sciences BC and SCWIST. Jazz is a natural networker, having been to numerous networking events and gaining valuable contacts that have assisted her with her educational and career goals. She has numerous contacts that she keeps in touch with on a regular basis in the area of pharmaceuticals, government, research, biotech, science, and administration. She enjoys public speaking and has gained substantial networking experience due to her strong background in communication and interpersonal skills. She is currently a project manager at Maxxam Analytics.
Jacqui Brinkman completed her BSc (Biology) at UVic and her MSc (Biology) from McGill University. She has over 10 years of experience working in the lab, both within academia and biotech. In December of 2003, Jacqui joined UBC as Education Coordinator for a heart and lung research centre at St. Paul’s Hospital. She is now at UBC’s Faculty of Graduate Studies where she manages the Graduate Pathways to Success Program, which offers non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities to graduate students to develop soft-skills to complement their academic curriculum and mentorship experience.
Andy Torr (The Ripple Effect: Communicating Science to General Audiences)
Jazz Bamra and Jacqui Brinkman(Effective Networking Skills)
- Interactive learning approach will allow you to actively applying your new skills
- Develop soft skills critical throughout your career from subject matter experts
- Limited workshop size ensures higher skills retention through small groups and personal interaction
- At the end of each workshop, a certificate of completion will be awarded
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Time and Location
Dates: September 24, 2012 (Communicating Science to General Audiences) and October 22, 2012 (Effective Networking Skills)
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Genome BC Multifunction Room
500-555 West 8th Avenue Vancouver
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