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Career Opportunities for PostDoctoral Researchers in Life Sciences, 23-24 Nov, Cascais

Oeiras, 17.11.2017

160 portuguese researchers will get together in Cascais to discuss career opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in life sciences. The program includes workshops, seminars, debates and a job fair where researchers and companies can meet and explore potential collaborations. Portuguese Science Minister will be present for the debate on the role of postdoctoral scientists in national economy and their integration in the private sector.

Before the fair, participants will have the chance to participate in a 1-day business oriented bootcamp focusing on the health and well-being domains organized by the Healthcare City. PostDoctoral researchers will receive training on how to identify a potential business idea and how to pitch it. The best 5 teams will pitch at the Job Fair and a jury will choose the 3 best teams, who will get a direct pass to the Health Market Program by Healthcare City, an 11-week intensive program on how to get your product or service from idea to the market.

Job Fair Career Opportunities for PostDoctoral Researchers in Life Sciences will take place in Hotel Baís, Cascais, 23-24th November, and is a joint organization of postdocs from Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas da Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (CEDOC), Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET), Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (IMM), and Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA).

"Considering the large number of PhDs that are being trained, the limited capacity of Academia to absorb them, the current economic growth, and the attraction of innovative start-up companies to our country, this initiative is more important than ever", said Diana Lousa, ITQB NOVA postdoc, one of the organizers. "The symposium will allow discussions within the community and at the job fair, open to the public, companies will showcase their mission and values, and provide PhD holders the opportunity to apply for jobs".


Thursday, 23 November 2017

​08:00 - 09:00 Registration for Job Fair attendees only

​09:00 - 19:00 Company stands

09:00 - 10:00 Job Fair Opening Session, with President of CCDR LVT- Engº João Manuel Pereira Teixeira and Executive Director of CREATING HEALTH - Research and Innovation Funding, Joana Camilo

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 - 12:30 Pitch from the companies present at the Job Fair to present their company core business, areas of activity and the general profile of hired collaborators.

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break

​14:00 - 14:50 In parallel: Workshop 1 / Workshop 2 / Career Discussion Tables 1 

15:00 - 15:50 In parallel: Workshop 3 / Workshop 4 / Career Discussion Tables 2 

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:40 - 17:00  Intervention by Prof. Dr João Sàágua, Rector Univ. Nova de Lisboa and  Prof. Dr António da Cruz Serra, Rector Univ. Lisboa   

16:30 - 16:40 Welcome session with a representative of Câmara Municipal de Cascais 

17:00 - 18:30 Debate : How to enhance the integration of PhD holders in the private / industrial sector? What should change in academic PhD programs to facilitate the transition between Academia and industry?    


Friday, 24 November 2017

​09:00 - 17:00 Company stands

09:00 - 10:45 Talks on the topic “Alternative Career Paths for PhDs" with Filipa Moraes (Ciência Clara), Joao Fonseca (Biosurfit), and Isabel Rocha (SilicoLife) 

10:45 - 11:00  Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00  Talks on the topic “Alternative Career Paths for PhDs" with Ricardo Perdigão Henriques (Portugal Ventures) and José Leal (HealthCare City) 

12:00 - 13:00  Talks on the topic "Finding Opportunities" with Margarida Trindade (ITQB, RFO department) and Prof. Maria Beatriz da Silva Lima (Innovative Medicines Initiative)   

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch break

14:00 - 14:50  In parallel: Workshop 5 / Workshop 6 / Career Discussion Tables 3

15:00 - 15:50  In parallel: Workshop 7 / Workshop 8 / Career Discussion Tables 4   

16:00 - 16:30  Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30  Life Sciences Arena with HealthCare City : the finalists

17:30 - 18:00  Closing Session with Dr Bruno Wohlschlegel (Merck)  


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