Career advice from industry experts on the agenda for early career day at BSAS Annual Conference

Early career animal scientists have the chance to gain practical advice from the leading industry and academic specialists on planning and progressing their careers, during a special event preceding this year’s BSAS Annual Conference in Edinburgh.

Scientists in the early stages of their career will be able to learn about the range of jobs available to them — and the path they could take to get there — during the event being held on the 8 April at SRUC King's Building, Edinburgh.

As part of the BSAS early career council’s annual programme of events aiming to drive the skills and knowledge of young scientists, the day will include a range of speakers who will give their advice on achieving a successful career in animal science.

Opportunities in animal science

Speakers from academia, industry and science, will share stories of their career paths, the challenges they have faced and give their tips on how new entrants can hone their skills to land their dream job. Speakers include: 

  • Jos Houdijk - Head of Monogastric Science Research Centre and Professor of Animal Nutrition and Health at SRUC
  • Nia Ball - Livestock Scientific Advisor for the Scottish Government
  • Laura Tennant - Ruminant Technical Advisor at Trouw Nutrition GB
  • Charlotte Kay - Associate Trainer at Quest Scotland & Curriculum Development Fellow at Perth College UHI 
  • John Hickey - Chair of Animal Breeding & Career Track Fellow at The Roslin Institute

To help students get first-hand, practical advice on developing their careers, a series of group activities will include attendees collaborating to draft a research proposal with reference to 'Making Livestock Farming More Sustainable, before pitching it to their peers.

A follow-up panel talk will give students the chance to ask questions from people in academia, industry and government organisations, as well as those at varying stages of their career.

To round off the day - and to give students the opportunity to network further - delegates and speakers are invited to The Three Sisters pub for a quiz and buffet, followed by a ceilidh night - so bring your dancing shoes!

For more information about the early career event, contact bsas@bsas.org.uk. Tickets to the BSAS 2019 Annual Conference are available, with special rates for students and student members of BSAS.

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