Other seminars and workshops

In addition to grant writing, Junior Faculty organizes seminars and workshops on other topics that are of interest to junior researchers. If you have an idea for a seminar or workshop, please contact any member of the steering group or send an e-mail to juniorfaculty@bmc.uu.se.

Defeating the predators – a seminar on responsible publishing April 12, 2019

Predatory publishing practices are an increasing threat to the trust in science. Publishers that have exploitative business models, questionable methods to attract authors, inferior publishing services or in other ways have questionable ethics and motives are referred to as predatory.

The Doctoral Board, the University Library and Junior Faculty together with Stefan Eriksson (Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on Good Research Practice) invite you to an afternoon seminar where we will discuss:

* How is predatory publishing a problem for science and society?
* How can you judge the quality and responsibility of a publisher?
* What is Cabell's blacklist?

Time: Friday April 12, at 13:00-15:30 (see schedule below)
Place: Eva Netzelius-salen 10:K102, Blåsenhus (https://bit.ly/2Od903x)

This event is open for everyone at UU who is interested in good publishing practices. You can attend the seminar without registration but need to sign up latest April 9 if you want fika: http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt13598.


13:00 ”Beware of predatory journals – the threat examined”
Stefan Eriksson, Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on Good Research Practice

14:00 Fika break

14:20 Introduction to Cabells list and other tools to evaluate journal
Stefan Eriksson & Uppsala University library

14:50 Panel discussion


Workshop on Academic and Popular Science Writing, March 2018

Junior Faculty welcomes you to a writing workshop by the Unit for Professional English, a part of the Department of English. This will be a two-part workshop (on March 16 and March 23), but it is also possible to only participate in the first half (March 16).

Day 1 (9:15 to 12:45 on March 16, B22 lecture hall, BMC):
Using online tools to improve academic writing in English
- Bring your laptop
- Bring a writing sample (e.g., a draft of an article or grant application that you have written) to practice on
- Max participants: limited only by space

Day 2 (9:15 to 12:45 on March 23, location TBA):
Writing and editing popular science texts in English
- Bring your laptop
- You will be encouraged, but not required, to send in a sample of your own writing prior to the workshop (details will follow after registration)
- You will receive individual feedback after the session
- Max participants: 16

Please contact Andrea Hinas, JF administrator (juniorfaculty@bmc.uu.se) with any questions.

More information on workshop content:
On Day 1, we will focus on using online tools such as language corpora for editing academic texts and improving one's written proficiency in English. This includes aspects such as improving vocabulary and phrasing, increasing formality, using correct grammar, and using punctuation correctly. The main goal of this part of the workshop is to show the participants how to edit their own writing using these tools. Everyone will be asked to bring a writing sample of their own that they can use as material.

On Day 2, we will focus on the genre of popular science writing in English, including a discussion of how this differs from academic writing. Many researchers find it very challenging to present their research to a general public in a way that is both engaging and comprehensible. Nevertheless, popular science descriptions of research projects are frequently required, and describing one's research for those not in the field is an important aspect of grant writing. In the workshop, participants will go over sample texts and/or their own texts, making use of the tools they have learned to use on Day 1. The focus is on writing texts in clear, correct, and genre-appropriate English that convey information about one's research in a way that is comprehensible and interesting to a general public.

Recruitment workshop 10 May 2017

Recruiting PhD students, postdocs and other personnel in an efficient way is a crucial but difficult task for group leaders. Join this workshop to find out more about the recruitment process, including common pitfalls and how to avoid them. The workshop, including sandwich and coffee, is free of charge and will be held by Merro Awad from KanZen Consulting. The entire event will be in English. For more information about the training, workshop instructor, and how to sign up, see below.

Program Wednesday May 10:
11.30 Lunch sandwich will be provided outside lecture hall A1:104b, BMC.
12.00 -16.00: Workshop. Application including pre-workshop assignment (see below) must be submitted no later than Friday 28 April using this form. In the case of more applicants than places available, priority will be given to junior group leaders/PIs and participants will be further selected based on the information provided in the application form.

Information about the training:
This training covers the fundamental principles of suitability assessment in selection/recruitment. You will get an understanding of the overall selection process, which methods to use and which to avoid, and a chance to apply it to a real life example related to your area. The training contains a mix of theory and hands-on training.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • What is competence-based recruitment?
  • How to create a job profile
  • What drives performance?
  • Pitfalls in recruiting, and how to avoid them
  • How to obtain the best information from an interview (STAR technique)
  • Structure of an interview

About the trainer:
Merro Awad is a licensed psychologist who helps organizations with their selection and development processes. In his everyday work as a consultant, he analyses the key needs that companies have and then helps them find the talented people that can meet these needs - using scientifically sound methods. Merro is an experienced trainer and much appreciated lecturer, whose core expertise evolves around talent management, personality assessment and communication.

Pre-workshop assignment for training "Personality assessment in selection"
In order to get the maximum benefit from the training, the participants are required to complete a preparatory assignment. It should take only 15- 30 min, but will make the content of the training more useful:

Think about a position that you want to recruit someone for. If you do not have any upcoming recruitments at this time, you can instead use a position that you have recruited for before. If you have never recruited anyone you can consider your own recruitment procedure.

  • First, make a bullet point list for abilities that your consider important for the position.
  • Second, distinguish between (1) formal qualities (such as level of education, specific knowledge or experience needed), and (2) personal qualities (such as being organized, social skills, analytical ability and so on).
  • In the last step, try to assess the importance of each of these qualities for this specific position. Assign each quality either the grade "essential" or "highly desirable".

Seminar on career paths at Uppsala University 22 March 2017

An open seminar on "How to succeed as a researcher at Uppsala University/in Sweden" was jointly organized by the Young Academy of Sweden (http://www.sverigesungaakademi.se/index.html) and Junior Faculty at Uppsala University in Ekmansalen, EBC, Wednesday 22 March 2017.

The slides from Mats Larhed's presentation can be downloaded here.

13.15-13.20     Welcome
13.20-13.40     Presentation of the Young Academy of Sweden
13.40-14.00     Presentation of Junior Faculty
14.00-14.40     Mats Larhed: Presentation of Uppsala University as employer for young researchers. What does the career path look like at Uppsala University today? What will happen in terms of career paths and tenure track positions in the near future?
14.40-15.00     Fika
15.00-16.00     Panel discussion with representatives from Uppsala university (Humsam, Teknat, Medfarm), Junior Faculty and the Young Academy of Sweden. What do career paths look like in the different disciplines? What criteria are used for promotion in the different disciplines? What will happen in terms of career paths and tenure track positions in the near future?
16.00-17.00    Mingle/pub outside Ekmansalen (beer will be provided at cost price, please pay by cash or swish)

Media training workshop 17 Nov 2016

Junior Faculty (JF) offers a one day (9.30-17.00) media training workshop Thursday 17 November 2016 for junior researchers, primarily aimed towards junior group leaders. Participants will be trained in communication with media. You will also learn how to identify and express a message about your research. Each participant will be subjected to a filmed interview about your research. This will be edited into a 1 minute movie that you can use afterwards, for example to present your research in your own website. Workshop leader Björn Carlgren has worked with Sveriges Radio (SR) and Sveriges Television (SVT) and has ample experience in how to communicate your research in a way that is understandable to the media.