There is a major demand for people with scientific training in a wide range of professions based on and maintaining relations with science. However, there is a lack of good first-hand information about alternative career paths to research. From entrepreneurship, industry and the media to government, public relations, activism and teaching, this is a readable guide to science based skills, lifestyles and career paths. The ever-narrowing pyramid of opportunities within an academic career structure, or the prospect of a life in the laboratory losing its attraction, mean that many who trained in science and engineering now look for alternative careers. Thirty role models who began by studying many different disciplines give personal guidance for graduates, postgraduates and early-career scientists in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. This book is an entertaining resource for ideas about, and directions into, the many fields which they may not be aware of or may not have considered.
David J. Bennett (St Edmund's College Cambridge)
, Richard C. Jennings (University of Cambridge)
Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:
07 June 2017
Professional and scholarly
Foreword Sir Tom Blundell; Part I. Career Services', Recruiters' and Students' Viewpoints: 1. What type of scientist are you? Nalayini Thambar and Clare Jones; 2. Researching my career: from science to career education Lori Conlan; 3. Career enlightenment for the twenty-first century Stephen Isherwood; 4. Doctoral graduates in policy and advocacy Adam Wright; Part II. Industry and Related Occupations: 5. Opportunities for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers in the post-genomic era Darrin M. Disley; 6. From monkeys to medicines and beyond - navigating careers in industry and academia Jackie Hunter; 7. Lessons from evolution on how to build a business Jonathan Milner; 8. Entrepreneurship, management, public relations and consulting Nick Scott-Ram; 9. From science to engineering and business: the converging stories of three friends Ermeena Malik; 10. From lab bench to board room: the patent attorney's tale Robert Stephen; 11. From molecular biology to GMO regulation and policy Delphine Carron; 12. Rebel with a cause? From physics to activism Philip Webber; 13. Science public relations - it needs to be in your genes Richard Hayhurst; Part III. The Public Sector: 14. From rock pools to Whitehall Miles Parker; 15. Science for global good - a polymath's approach Jasdeep Sandhu; 16. Skills, networks and luck David Cleevely; 17. Politics and policy Julian Huppert; Part IV. Journalism and the Media: 18. The wonderful world of reporting, or the marsupial mole revisited Tim Radford; 19. Reflections of a thinking pinball: the surprises, challenges and rewards of a career in radio Peter Evans; 20. From science to storytelling Madhumita Murgia; 21. Propelled by science: a life on camera Vivienne Parry OBE; 22. A career in science radio and podcasting Chris Smith and Kat Arney; Part V. Science Communication, Teaching and Ethics: 23. What to do when you don't know what you're doing; or, my first twenty-five years in science communication John Durant; 24. A butterfly career in science and beyond to public engagement Nicola Buckley; 25. A lifetime's fun and interest with teaching and allied matters Ian Harvey; 26. In search of the ethical path Stuart Parkinson; 27. Environmental policy, politics and science - not always an easy ride Julie Hill; Further sources of information.
David J. Bennett is a Senior Member of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and part natural part social scientist in both academia and companies. He has long-term experience, activities and interests in the relations between science, industry, government, education, law, the public and the media, and has spent the last twenty-five years running large, international, multidisciplinary, science-based projects. Richard C. Jennings is an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are focused on the responsible conduct of research and the ethical uses of science and technology. He is an active member of Scientists for Global Responsibility and has worked with BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, on a 'Framework for Assessing Ethical Issues in New Technologies'.
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