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Department of Plant Sciences



On 18th April 2018 the joint retreat for postdocs working in Cambridge plant sciences research took place which brought together almost 70 participants at the Postdoc Centre in Eddington. This joint event was the first of its kind for postdocs and senior plant scientists in Cambridge and it gathered together participants from the Department of Plant Sciences, Sainsbury Lab (SLCU), NIAB and the Department of Chemistry. The aim of the day was to get inspiration and new ideas for possible career paths as well as to increase networking amongst the plant scientists. The event was organised by the Postdoc Committee of the three institutions, and the arrangements for the day were supported by CambPlants.



The postdoc lunch on teaching had Julia Davies and Matt Davey talk about what supervising and demonstrating are like and about the training offered by the Department. The Department has a a video explaining the Teaching opportunities on the Teaching page:  It's only 8 minutes.



11 October 2016 Lab Supervisor information session. Part II Senior Examiner, Julia Davis, talked about the guidance (there are quite a few significant changes this year).

14 November 2016: PdOC After Work Series: Pensions.

Postdoc events & workshops Spring/Summer 2016.



Lunch with Prof. Alison Smith (acting head of department)

Discussion with Dr. Mariana Fadenza, Innovation and Enterprise Project Officer

Discussion about OpenPlant Fund with Jennifer Molloy

Introductions to mentoring schemes with Dr. Sharon Saunders followed by beer hour

EU Marie Curie funding applications – insights from an evaluator; invited speaker Graham Dransfield from the Chem Eng Department

Teaching Opportunities in the Department

  • Katharine Hubbard

Public Engagement and Outreach

  • Nicola Buckley – Head of Public Engagement, Cambridge University
  • Harriet Truscott - Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme, SLUC
  • Elisabeth Burmeister - Events and Outreach Manager, SLUC
  • Mariana Fazenda – Innovation and Enterprise Project Officer, Plant Sciences
  • Dijana Maric - Project Coordinator, Plant Sciences

How to get the best from mentoring – Invited speaker Dr. Sharon Saunders