New webinar series will support skills development in early career materials science researchers

The Henry Royce Institute is launching a regular series of live webinars for early career researchers titled Stand Out Skills.

Stand Out Skills webinars will introduce desirable professional skills which often aren’t taught as a part of normal education pathways in materials disciplines such as building research websites, academic CVs and integrating new technologies and software such as Blender to materials science research.

The expert-led webinars will provide insights into a broad range of topics which can be applied by researchers working across materials science disciplines. Skills presented through the webinars are designed to be transferable to other projects, roles, or employment sectors and will provide the opportunity for ECRs to reinforce their presentation, communication, and career skills to thrive within their research communities.

Dr George Miller, Royce Student Engagement Manager said:

‘While hosting more research focused events over the past year, Royce Training has found that there is a strong desire in Materials Science students to learn skills outside of the typical foundational abilities they encounter while undertaking research their PhD.

Some researchers in their early career might pick up these supplementary skills individually, but this can take time and be difficult to undertake independently. We’re launching Stand Out Skills to provide an easy to access starting point for materials science researchers looking to grow and widen their abilities outside of a typical research skill framework.’

The first webinar will take place on 31 May, in which Dr Lucy Whalley (Northumbria University) will walk participants through the process of setting up a free, static (non-interactive) website using Github Pages and highlight some effective examples from materials science research.

Webinar episodes will be streamed live to provide the opportunity for attendees to feedback and engage with presenters. Recordings of each episode in the series will also be made available through the Royce website here.

Register to watch the first episode of Stand Out Skills live here.