The Academy's PILLAR community aims to support both our grant awardees and programme participants in a virtual setting, equipping them with the skills and knowledge that they need to navigate their career.
Through live sessions, recorded content and a host of resources, all permanently available in an exclusive online space (the PILLAR portal), we engage our community and encourage conversations. This programme is a valuable addition to the funding and training our scheme participants receive.
Our Academy Community is located across the globe and, therefore, PILLAR events are predominantly virtual and, when possible, any in-person events are live streamed or recorded for the portal. An important aspect of the PILLAR programme is to support participants to network in a virtual setting.
Examples of types of events include:
- Training sessions and workshops
- Panel discussions
- Expert talks by alumni and invited guests
- Networking opportunities
"I really felt I was part of a community. I also felt it was good to meet (even if virtually) the AMS staff and I now feel it will be much easier to drop them a line if I have any query."
- PILLAR event participant
One element of the programme is the PILLAR community portal. This is an exclusive space, accessible to the Academy’s community, and is the home of career development resources, opportunities to take part in the Academy’s work, as well as details of upcoming online events.
The platform has been designed to allow scheme participants to virtually meet other members of the Academy’s community, to form collaborations and share experiences. In addition, portal users can upload a poster to display their research and link in with others in the community who have relevant expertise or interests.
The Academy’s community is global, comprised of individuals from all backgrounds, sectors, industries and areas of expertise and we hope that through these features we will facilitate networking when physical meetings are not possible.
The PILLAR team can be reached via email on PILLAR@acmedsci.ac.uk
If you are an active awardee or programme participant and would like to make a suggestion for a PILLAR event or provide any feedback, please contact us.
If you are not an awardee or programme participant, but would like to be involved in any PILLAR activities, e.g. to run a virtual training session or give a talk, please reach out and we would be happy to discuss.