First Annual BPDA Symposium on Careers and Collaboration in Science a success!

On June 16-17 2017, the Boston Postdoctoral Association hosted our first annual career symposium at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, focused on strategies to nurture academia-industry collaborations and to advance scientific research and professional development.

Many postdoctoral trainees have strong research, teaching, and interpersonal skills; however, they lack the ability to leverage these skills to prepare for careers in either academic tenure-track positions or industry. As biological research becomes increasingly multidisciplinary and technologically complex, collaborative research among diverse experts is often required to address important scientific questions.

This symposium was a unique platform for young investigators to establish new relationships and gain new perspectives.  We hoped to facilitate increased collaboration between researchers in academia and industry and to provide practical tools necessary to enhance the professional development of early career researchers.

Speakers included Dr. Jay Bradner, President of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Dr. Phil Sharp, MIT Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate and Dr. Dan Jay, Professor, Tufts University plus nearly 50 other panelists and workshop leads.  For more information, please visit our symposium website at http://www,BSOCCS2017.org.