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Joliot-Curie Conference 2021

8 - 9 September 2021, United Kingdom

The Royal Society of Chemistry is happy to announce this event will be moving online for 2021. 

Are you looking for an independent career in academic research?

Shape your future academic career in chemistry research.

The Joliot-Curie Conference is the annual must-attend event dedicated to supporting the aspirations of early career researchers, particularly those who are underrepresented in academia. 

This conference explores career topics that are relevant to everyone, and encourages open discussions on issues that can promote an inclusive culture and diversity in the workplace. 

With an exciting programme of workshops, one-to-one consultations, and keynote speeches from world-renowned experts, the Joliot-Curie Conference will enable you to: 
  • Find out more about academic research careers and the different ways you can access them 
  • Get information and support on issues affecting your career and progression in academic research 
  • Develop your communication skills and gain confidence when talking about and presenting your research 
  • Access support during the event through targeted group discussions and one-to-one sessions.

Funding proposal workshop

Success in an academic career depends very much on your talent and passion as a researcher. However, even the most talented and passionate individuals need funding to pursue their research and that can sometimes be very difficult to secure. We know from previous Joliot-Curie conferences that this is one area where early-career researchers could benefit from some expert help, so we are devoting most of the second day of the conference to issues around getting funded.  You’ll get the opportunity to listen to funding experts, who will speak from several different perspectives, and to ask questions.
Day 2 will offer delegates the opportunity to learn about writing a grant application through an interactive workshop to experience funding applications from both sides of the process using their own research ideas. The benefits of this exercise are threefold:
  • The opportunity to practise writing a funding proposal
  • Receive constructive feedback on your proposal from your peers in a safe environment
  • The opportunity to be an assessor, which will give you valuable insights into how proposals are selected.
Submissions are now closed, individuals who have submitted a proposal will be contacted with further information prior to the conference. 

Supporting inclusion and diversity

The Royal Society of Chemistry is proactive in ensuring all our activities to advance the chemical sciences are accessible and inclusive for a diverse community. 

We initiate new activities and projects that will improve the diversity of our community at all stages of the pipeline and we bring together evidence to inform how to make such improvements.
Registration is now closed 

This event is aimed at post-doctoral researchers in academia who aspire to establish an independent career in research. Numbers are limited for the event so ensure to book quickly to secure your place.

The 2019 Joliot-Curie Conference achieved a 100% Good – Excellent feedback rating from delegates based on their experience. Here’s what they said:

This was above my expectation and I felt I made a number of important connections for the future. The funding workshop was a real eye opener (in a good way) and will likely have a huge impact on how I write grant applications going forward.
2019 delegate

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the virtual sessions
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Type Cost
RSC Members* £20
Non Members** £25
Student RSC Members* £15
Student Non Members** £20

* If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 

Main Programme 

A PDF of the full conference programme can be downloaded from the Downloads section at the top of the page.

Tips for networking 

The Career and Professional Development team at the Royal Society of Chemistry have provided a webinar that gives an overview of the importance of networking for your career, and provides some top tips, alongside guidance on getting the best out of the online conference platform. We recommend watching this ahead of the event on the virtual event platform.

2020 Webinar: Presenting your research

As part of the 2020 Joliot Curie program, this webinar focuses on how to present your research with our panel of guests:
Dr Petra Cameron MRSC, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
Dr Danila Gasperini AMRSC, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Bath

This webinar is available to view throughout the conference on the virtual event platform.

Yourself as a role model 

8 September, 14:00 BST 
This facilitated group discussion will help you reflect on your career to date and identify the skills and experience you currently have which you can use to build an academic career. Information on group allocations will be sent following the close of registration. 

Funding workshops

9 September, 10:30 BST
This workshop will offer you the opportunity to learn about writing a grant application by experiencing funding applications from both sides of the process using pre-submitted research ideas from delegates.


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