Workshop’s goal

This workshop aims to provide S4CE ECRs with project management and career development skills. They will learn about how to write a grant proposal, how to develop project management competences, as well as having the opportunity to learn how to promote themselves and their work. During this 1-day long workshop, they will meet with successful professionals, experts in their fields: project management, scientific coordination, proposal writers, and career coach.

Proposals choice:

  1. Securing societal progress while reducing environmental impact
  2. Public acceptance of geologic operations
  3. New technologies for the energy sector
  4. The life-energy-geology nexus: what opportunities lie ahead?

Agenda: S4CE Agenda_ECRs_workshop_london_final


9:00 – 11:00 How to promote yourself and your work!

Tracy Bussoli
Tracy is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach. Her background is in genetics, having obtained a PhD from the Medical Research Council. She then completed a Masters in Genetic Counselling and was a clinician for 8 years within the Clinical Genetics Department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She has spent the last 11 years working with a range of organisations across the UK and Europe, offering coaching and training to scientists, doctors, academics and administrative staff. She has a diploma in Executive Coaching, is MBTI qualified and delivers 121 coaching and training on a wide range of subject areas including leadership, communication skills, career planning and time management. She has a passion for supporting individuals in all aspects of their lives and career.

This 2-hour session is designed to help ECRs promote themselves and their work with a view to maximising future career opportunities.

11:15 – 11:30 Introduction – Proposals in research

Laura Fenner, Senior School Research Facilitator, UCL

11:30 – 11:45 Groups discussions

11:45 – 13:00 World Café with experts

During this session, participants will work together in groups. Facilitators will spend 20 minutes with each group on a rotating basis to discuss the proposal according to their own expertise. Participants will develop the proposal and prepare their pitch using a provided powerpoint template.


Laura Fenner, Senior School Research Facilitator for the BEAMS School

Dr Laura Fenner has been at UCL since 2003, first as a student in the Department of Chemistry, and then, from 2011, as a member of UCL staff. She played a key role in the preparation of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 Impact Case Studies for the UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, gathering evidence of impact from UCL research, and writing the case studies. Her current position is Senior School Research Facilitator for the BEAMS School, which includes the Faculty of Engineering. In this role, she supports researchers to develop strong research proposals, including advising on how to prepare effective Pathways to Impact statements. Laura is therefore well placed to guide S4CE Early Career Researchers in their thinking and planning around impact and exploitation pathways.

Edyta Kostanek, Teaching Fellow in Project Management at the UCL School of Management, Faculty of Engineering.

Edyta Kostanek is a Teaching Fellow in Project Management at the UCL School of Management, Faculty of Engineering. Edyta is a qualified teacher in academic practice in higher education (PgCAPHE) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She is also a Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE) and a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner. She holds a Masters degree in Quality Management from University of Lodz, Poland and is finalising her PhD at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Before joining UCL, Edyta was a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at Coventry University where she developed and was a programme leader for the MSc Project Management, accredited with the chartered Association for Project Management. Before joining academia, Edyta worked for ABB Power Transformers as a quality management specialist where she gained first-hand experience in managing quality in the context of large projects delivered to customers around the world.

Over a number of years in her teaching, Edyta has developed, organised, advised, and/or lectured on courses in the areas of project management,  international business, strategic management, innovations,  knowledge management, entrepreneurship, and business negotiations, at a number of institutions including Coventry University, Birkbeck (University of London), UWE Bristol, Southampton Solent University, Hanken School of Economics (Finland), Technical University of Lodz (Poland), School for Higher and Professional Education (Hong Kong).”

Dr. Juliet Elis, European Proposal Manager, UCL

Dr Juliet Ellis is a medical and health scientist working as a bid Proposal Manager at the European Research & Innovation Office at UCL. She provides structural and practical guidance on how to prepare a range of EU and international grant proposals. This involves providing scientific advice through grant concept to submission, including editing, re-structuring, some novel text writing, as well as  general advice and financial and administrative help. Normally she works closely with the lead of the proposal throughout, and interacts directly with all collaborators. She also presents seminars and workshops on how to prepare a range of grant proposal types to national and international academics as well as other interested stakeholders.

Nick Hazel, RAE Visiting Professor, UCL Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Nick Hazel did his first degree and his DPhil in Chemistry at Oxford, followed by 2 years post-doc at Bristol University. He then joined BP in Hull UK, where he spent his whole career in a wide variety of research roles. Importantly, he was involved in technical shadowing of two tranches of environmental legislation (air quality) through the EU, representing first the chemical and later the oil industry. He authored two early papers on LCA of industrial paint systems in the automotive and marine protection areas. Much of his career was spent bridging between disciplines, including Chemical Engineering particularly through specialising in advanced reactor modelling and thermodynamics. Some of his last few years in BP were spent leading the company’s re-entry into molecular computation, through which he became involved with the London Universities and joined UCL’s IAB. He took voluntary severance from BP in 2015 after 30 years, and was later appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Chemical Engineering at UCL, and continues in the IAB.

He will advise on career choices, as well as framing research for cost-effective environmental improvement, including societal justification and technology comparisons.

13:30 – 14:15 Lunch

Afternoon – Pitching session and evaluation.

A panel of experts will evaluate your project and give you feedback. The best team will be rewarded.

14:30 – 16:30: Pitching session in front of a panel, with Q&A after each presentation.

  1. Securing societal progress while reducing environmental impact
  2. Public acceptance of geologic operations
  3. New technologies for the energy sector
  4. The life-energy-geology nexus: what opportunities lie ahead?

16:30 – 17:00 Portrait session for ECRs

Mary Hinkley, Photographer, UCL Digital Media

17:00 – 19:00: Reception and speed mentoring with members of the panel and S4CE partners.