Since I have been busy networking, studying, and taking trips, reading is something I like to do so I can take my mind of reading so much technical information. For the most part, I have been enjoying Malcolm Gladwell’s books. I read Outliers and I had to pick up the rest of his books from my local library! Continue reading
The World Vaccine Congress is the World’s Largest Vaccine Business Development, Research, Technology Show and Conference. That’s amazing! This year was the 14th Annual World Vaccine Congress and it was on March 24-26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Even though the conference was only three days, it was very informative. The World Vaccine Congress is a place where you will hear what is happening in the vaccine research field at all different levels: Industry, Biotech, Pharma, Government/Regulatory, NGO, Academic/Research, Investors in many parts of the world USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and much more! Many of the top leaders in vaccine research were there.
Besides attending the conference I volunteered as a Networking Genie and my job was to show people how to navigate the Free World Vaccine Nation App. The great thing about the World Vaccine Congress App is that it is not an agenda only app, it is a networking tool app. When you register for the conference you can upload a professional head shot and bio for others to see. You can see the sponsors, companies, tweet and see who is attending the conference. Also, the app shows you an agenda and who will presenting at each meeting. Another great feature is that the app is available for attendees and presenters for a year. Many of the conferences I have been to are using apps now. What do you think of apps for conferences? Do you use them? I think apps are convenient because you have the information at your fingertips. Continue reading
For the past few months I have been hearing a lot about alternative science research careers, specifically science policy, patent law, science communication and science journalism. About a month and a half ago I attended the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Career Panel on Science Policy and Education hosted by the AWIS-Baltimore. This was a career panel of women in different policy and education positions. Science policy is the branch of public policy that is the bridge between science and the public. It involves scientific issues, education, advocacy and everything else that goes into science policy. A balance of writing, communication, and oral skills are key skills to have in a science policy position.
Nowadays some scientists that have finished their PhDs are exploring alternative science research careers, such as science policy. The good thing about the science policy field is that you get the opportunity to apply your extensive scientific knowledge that can make an impact on the public. For this career corner post I am going to share my reflection after attending an AWIS career panel on science policy and participating in a NSBE twitter chat on science policy. Continue reading