University of York Research Staff/Postdocs Conference ‘Celebrating Research’ and Falling Walls Lab: York 2017

Friday 23 June 2017, 9.00AM to 16:30

Admission to the below events is by free ticket which you will need to book via EventBrite (please note that the ticket gives you access to both the Conference and the Falling Walls Lab). 

Conference Programme

Open to all research staff/postdocs and Principal Investigators, the conference provides an opportunity to:

• Understand how the research funders support the career development of researchers.
• Ask the funders questions
• Find out about the career destinations of other researchers
• Challenge your own motivations and drive to become a better researcher

09:00 Arrival, registration and coffee

09:30 Welcome and introduction by Professor Deborah Smith, PVC-Research 

09:40 Keynote Speaker: Andy Cope 
‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Researcher - being your best self’ (Dr) Andy Cope 
Drawing on his empirical research and extensive experience of giving motivational talks, Andy will provoke and challenge your perceptions of how to be the best you can be. Andy’s thesis has been submitted and he’s waiting to hear if he is to become the UK’s first ‘Doctor of Happiness’.

10:30 Break

11:00 What do research staff do next? UK researcher career trajectories
Clare Viney, CEO Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) Vitae

11.45 Funders Panel Session. How can we best support the Career and Professional Development of Researchers?


  • Dr Sue Carver, Head of Histories, Cultures and Heritage AHRC
  • Dr Shewly Choudhury, Head of UK Grants, The Royal Society
  • Tracy Davies, Senior Policy Manager, Skills and Methods, ESRC
  • Dr Candace Hassall, Head of Researcher Affairs, Wellcome Trust
  • Dr David McAllister, Co-Chair Research Careers Network and Head of Skills and Careers, BBSRC

12:45 Reflections and observations

13.00 Lunch (hot street food will be available to buy) and exhibition

Falling Walls programme

Falling Walls Lab is a fast-paced event—a little bit TEDtalk and a little bit Dragon’s Den, designed to showcase the quality, talent and passion of up-and-coming researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Our researchers will have just three minutes to articulate how their work contributes to the fall of intellectual, societal and scientific walls. The overall winner will have the chance to deliver their talk at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin in November.

14.00 Falling Walls Lab: YORK

16:00 Winners announced, prizes awarded and close‌ 

Sponsored by:

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Location: Spring Lane Lecture Theatre

Admission: Registration is required