In response to the excellent participation in the previous years, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) will organize a set of activities this year during the InterPore meeting in New Orleans. There will be a career event, a fun interactive game brought by our partners from Shell and a social night out in one (or two, three...) lively bar/club somewhere in the city. These activities are an excellent opportunity to foster future collaborations by giving you the chance to get closer to other students and early career scientists from all over the world. All activities are sponsored by InterPore and its partners so registration is free to the participants. An additional description follows:
Career development event
A common doubt that occurs to many students is what are the possible career pathways to follow after one finishes the PhD. Should I pursue an academic career? Should I search for possibilities in the industry/governmental agencies? What are the pros (and cons) of each career path? How does the life-after-phd feels like? In this event we will have the opportunity to hear from 3 established professionals who have followed very different career paths. The focus is not on their particular scientific/industrial achievements, but more on the important choices they made that took them to where they are now and on what inspired/motivated them to take those choices. After a brief presentation by each participant, the audience will have the opportunity to make questions.
Interactive game by Shell
Following the great success of the previous meeting in Rotterdam, our partners from Shell have accepted to collaborate once again with the organization of an interactive game during the InterPore meeting. In the previous year the "Energy Transitions Challenge" has given us a great overview of how the dynamics between industries, consumers, governments and NGOs unfolds. In the game each participant is assigned a role and an online algorithm is used to help simulate real life situations. For this year Shell has selected the Nexus! game and due to physical constraints only a limited number of participants is allowed. Register fast! The game is restricted to PhD students or early career researchers with a maximum of 3 years since the completion of the PhD. A confirmation of participation and additional information will be further sent to the participants by email.
Experience from the previous years has shown that a good informal night out is the best way to build new links between researchers (and strengthen the old links too)! So, quite simply, we will get together and move to one (or more) of the excellent bars/clubs that New Orleans has to offer. Additional information will be forward later by email to the participants.
Questions can be addressed to Marcel Moura at firstname.lastname@example.org.