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Prioritizing you - with the Black Women in Science Network

10.00, Friday 26 November 2021

Are you looking to learn how to prioritize yourself and your mental health? Or maybe you're curious about navigating mentoring relationships in your scientific career. Or wondering how to establish yourself as a leader within your field. Are you in need of a better work/life balance, but don’t know where to start? Our Career Development events are open to everyone. This event is free to attend and will be held entirely online. 

'Prioritizing you - mental health, mentoring & leadership' is open to all and has been curated with the Black Women in Science Network. The event will start with a panel discussion focused on mentoring and leadership. Our speakers will provide varied experiences on mentoring programs, building inclusive leadership and navigating throughout career stages. This event will offer a unique opportunity for those interested in the mentoring relationship, looking to grow within their role, progress further in their careers or manage their work and life balance. Each speaker will talk about their own experiences and advice for you, including dedicated time to take your questions.  

To capture the discussion, we produced a visual note - download it in high resolution from the side of this page.

The panel discussion will be followed by a workshop facilitation where you’ll gain invaluable skills from a session led by CelutionsThey will provide a hands-on experience dedicated to creating effective solutions to problems surrounding mental health and will empower attendees to prioritize their wellbeing with the education, tools and resources required.



10.00-10.05 Welcome and introduction
10.05-10.45 Panel 'In conversation' facilitated by chair
10.45-10.55 Q&A
10.55-11.05 Break
11.05-12.25 Celutions workshop
12.25-12.30 Thanks & close



Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu (chair) - Ijeoma is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at University College London and Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics Ltd, a UCL spin out company. She has served as Chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and chaired EPSRC and Science Foundation Ireland grant prioritisation panels. She is UCL Provost’s Envoy for Race Equality and leads on race equality work at UCL. Her initiatives (e.g. Dean’s Pledges on Race Equality) were instrumental in achieving UCL’s Bronze Race Charter in 2020.

Dr Chinedu Agwu – Chinedu is a Teaching Fellow in Biosciences at the University of Hertfordshire and TBL scientist Educator at Brunel University. In the years 2012-2015, Chinedu Agwu studied Biomedical Science in Newcastle University followed by a masters in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health at UCL. Following this she secured the President's Doctoral Scholar Award in 2016 to undertake her PhD. She completed her PhD in 2019 and published a thesis titled “Investigation of Acute and Chronic Effects of Statins on Vascular Function in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, with a Major Focus on Pre-eclampsia.” During her PhD at Manchester, Chinedu worked part-time as a graduate teaching assistant, participated in public engagement pertaining to placental research and volunteered as a BME mentor. Presently, she works as a teaching fellow and admissions tutor at the University of Hertfordshire supporting with lecturing, final year projects and admissions, alongside this she is working as a scientist educator for the new medical school at Brunel University, to help develop their curriculum.

Adama Saccoh - Adama is a graduate of University of Leicester and obtained her masters in Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography) from Imperial College London. She is focused on building a career as a cardiovascular scientist and passionate about career development and enriching the next generation of scientists on making informed choices in STEM careers. This goal is being achieved through her careers and science communication blog "tcim" - The Catalyst in Me" providing a wealth of content across various themes, making science more accessible to the general public.

Dr Jerelle Joseph - Jerelle graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BSc. in Chemistry and Mathematics. She then pursued an MPhil. in Chemistry at the UWI. In 2018, she completed her PhD in Chemistry (Department of Chemistry, Cambridge). She recently joined the Department of Physics, Cambridge as a research associate; focusing on developing models to probe genome organisation. Jerelle is the founder of CariScholar, a non-profit organisation aimed at connecting Caribbean students with some of the region’s most prolific and accomplished academics and professionals, in order to foster mentorship, sharing of information and guidance.

Our Career Development events are open to everyone. This event is free to attend and will be held entirely online. Please book your place in advance. 

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