Past NERD events


  • Event 20: Efficient research communication using “F1000Prime” and “Workspace”

What: NERD event delivered by Chris Murawski, who presented new tools developed by F1000 in order to make research communication easier and more effective, followed will by tea/coffee/cookies

When: Thursday 23th February, 3-4.30pm

Where: C222/223 BHF GCRC, Gilmorehill Campus 


  • Event 19: NERD Social & Feedback Session

What: Social event with opportunities to get involved in NERD and provide suggestions for future events. And there was pizza!!

When: Thursday 23rd January, 3-5pm

Where: Common room, Sir Graeme Davies Building, Gilmorehill campus


Event 18: CV workshop

What: A CV workshop on the dos and don’ts of CVs for academic and post-academic positions. Katrina Gardner (careers manager for MVLS) facilitated an interactive CV workshop during which attendees learned about the best CV formats, contents and layout to grab the attention of recruiters and future employers.  Attendees obtained peer and careers manager feedback on how to improve their own CV.

When: Thursday 23rd May, 11.15am – 12.45pm

Where: Seminar room 215/216, Sir Michael Stoker Building, Centre for Virus Research, Garscube.

Taxis from Gilmorehill and pizzas were provided.

Presentation slides are available on the NERD Moodle site (see Resources).


Event 17: Setting Open Science as default: benefits for early career researchers

There is a global crisis in the scholarly/scientific communication ecosystem. The major problems to early career researchers is accessing scholarly content, confirming reproducibility of data and using meaningless evaluation metrics for career advancement. Many researchers view “Open Science” as a different entity to good and responsible science, while science without transparency should be considered an anecdote than a norm.

When: Wednesday 17th April, 16:00 - 17:00

Where: Seminar room 222/223 BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, Gilmorehill Campus


Dr Vinodh Ilangovan from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry spoke about how early career researchers can take control of the scholarly ecosystem and advance their careers within and outside academia using open scholarly practices.

His presentation is available on the NERD Moodle site (see Resources).


Event 16: Research track careers at Glasgow

When: Tuesday 16th April, 10:30 - 12:30

Where: Seminar room 222/223 BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, Gilmorehill Campus


Introduction to the Research Technologist job family:
-An institute perspective: Prof Gerry Graham (Deputy Director, IIIs)
-An HR perspective: David Tedman (Deputy Head of HR)

Panel Discussion with Research Technologists & Scientific Officers:
-University of Glasgow and CRUK Beatson staff members will discuss their careers and current positions

And there was pizza!!



Congratulations to Dr. Allen Kelly and collaborators!

The inaugural NERD ECR pump-priming grant was awarded to Allen Kelly (ICAMS; Smith Group) and his collaborators Dr. Caroline Mullenbroich and Dr. Neal Radwell (School of Physics and Astronomy). This pump priming grant, which is co-funded by ICAMS and IIIs, represents the final stage of the ISSF-sponsored NERD Grant Workshop Series. This series included a seminar on grant writing (May 2018), a facilitated grant brewing workshop (June 2018) and a mock grant review panel (October 2018). With the funding provided, Allen and his collaborators will develop a new multiphoton imaging system for improved cardiac deep tissue mapping, in the setting of ventricular arrhythmia.



Event 15: Mock Grant Review Panel

When: Friday 26th October


Event 14: Grant Brewing workshop led by Dr Tracey Stead

When: Friday 22nd June 10:00-16:00

Where: Hugh Fraser Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School, Gilmorehill Campus‌

Format: The first event in our Grant Development Workshop series, 'Grant Brewing' saw Dr Tracey Stead guide  ECRs through a variety of exercises designed to facilitate development of effective ideas for writing successful grant applications.

The invaluable expertise provided by Dr Stead was made possible through funding from an ISSF grant awarded to NERD.


Event 13: Public Engagement seminar


Event 12: BHF Fellowship Talk - Professor Metin Avkiran, (Associate Medical Director - BHF)group session

When: Tuesday 1st May, 11:00-12:00

Where: BHF GCRC, seminar room 222, Gilmorehill Campus

Format: Metin Avkiran, current associate medical director of the BHF and Professor of Molecular Cardiology from King's College London, gave a presentation to IIIs and ICAMS ECRs on applying for a BHF fellowship.

Event 11: Workshop on CV writing

When: Friday 27th April 2018, 11:30-13:00

Where: BHF GCRC, seminar room 222, Gilmorehill Campus

Format: In a 2-part seminar run by Katrina Gardner, Careers manager for ECRs  at the University of Glasgow, attendees were given expert advice on producing the right CV for their next job application, including guidelines for both academic and non-academic positions.

The afternoon session saw participants working in groups to provide feedback on their own CVs in a friendly and relaxed environment


Event 10: 'A Career in Publishing'

When: Friday 9th February 2018, 13:00-14:00

Where: Jarrett Lecture Theatre, Garscube Campus

What: Thinking about science careers away from the bench? Emma Ganley, Editor in Chief at PLOS Biology, delivered this seminar and provided some insights into careers in publishing. Check out her powerpoint slides via the resources page!


Event 6: Experiences of Promotion

When: Monday 22nd May, 10:30-12:00

Where: Level 2 meeting room, GBRC, Gilmorehill campus

Format: Dr Chris Hansell, a postdoctoral researcher in Prof Gerry Graham's lab in IIIs, and Dr Francisco Rios, a research fellow in ICAMS, discussed their experiences of applying for promotion from grade 7 to 8. They gave advice on completing the application form and top tips for improving your CV and progressing your career.


Dr Francisco Rios (left) and Dr Chris Hansell (right) discuss their own personal experiences of promotion

Event 5: Career Morning with Prof Connie Weyand

When: Thursday 30th March 2017, 10am-12pm

Where: Level 2 seminar room, BHF GCRC, Gilmorehill campus

Format: In this joint event with the Clinicians in Research Network (CiRN), a morning of talks and discussion on academic jobs in the US was organised with Prof Connie Weyand, Chair of the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford and current Carnegie Centenary Professor at Glasgow.


Event 4: Fellowshipshop

When: Tuesday 28th March 2017, 2-5pm

Where: Rooms 215/216, MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Garscube Campus

Format: The afternoon consisted of two parts:
(i) Pre-submission: Prof Gerry Graham (Deputy Director, IIIs) discussed writing a fellowship application and grantsmanship.
(ii) Post-submission: Dr Maria McPhillips (Research Manager, CVR) discussed how grants are reviewed and selected, including what questions the reviewers have to consider when assessing your application, how to anticipate these questions, and how to make a persuasive rebuttal to reviewers' concerns.

Resources: The powerpoint slides from both speakers are available through the Resources page.


Prof Gerry Graham takes questions at the Fellowshipshop


Event 3: Career Paths Outside Academia

When: Friday 27th January 2017, 11-12.30

Where: Level 2 seminar room, BHF GCRC, Gilmorehill campus

Format: Panel session with invited speakers (see below) from non-academic scientific careers. Discussion topics included: Description of panel member career tracks and why they left the academic path; What their jobs involve and what they do in their job every day; What employers are looking for when recruiting for this job, and what skills/features compose the profile for someone suitable for the job (most speakers raised other jobs within their institutions); What the good and bad things about the job are (including conditions, salary and job safety); How best to make the decision to change career and what paths can be taken towards changing career and engaging potential employers.

Should you have any further questions, all panel members are happy to be contacted by e-mail:

Dr. Martyn Reynolds – head of advanced imaging at Cairn Research Ltd - m.rey‌

Dr. George Ashley – account manager at Charles River Laboratories -

Dr. Katie White – medical writer at Fishawack Communications -

Dr. Andrew Baron – Director of Operations, Antibody Analytics -


Event 2: Writing for Impact

When: Thursday 1st December 2016, 1-3pm

Where: Seminar room 215/6, Sir Michael Stoker Building, CVR, Garscube campus

Format: Members of IIIs and ICAMS relayed information from the recent Nature and Elsevier publishing workshops to NERD members. Thereafter, NERD members participated in an abstract workshop, where members read and critiqued each others' abstracts.

Resources: To access the material from this event, including the powerpoint slideshows from this NERD event as well as the original Nature and Elsevier workshops, please visit the Resources page


Event 1: NERD meet and greet

When: Thursday 27th October 2016, 3-5pm

Where: GBRC level 2 common room, Gilmorehill campus

Format: NERD members provided information and suggestions via the 'Post-it note wall'. Interactions and networks were then encouraged via ‘speed dating’ style group discussions.

Outcome: The post-it note wall was a great success! See photos below and the summary of responses on the Resources page