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Recent Events

Please see below some recent professional development opportunities offered by the Office of Postdoctoral and Researcher Affairs:

October 3, 2019: Mentoring, problem-solving and making decisions by Mark Vollans
This half-day training explored the role of a mentor and the skills of an effective coach through a series of interactive and practical exercises. Participants were introduced to new problem-solving techniques, speaking to different learning styles, and how to implement the learning cycle model.

October 1-2, 2019: Communicating with confidence by Mark Vollans
Some of the themes included in this professional development training were understanding different communication styles, choosing appropriate body language and applying simple assertiveness techniques to enhance your impact and manage difficult conversations with greater confidence.

April 29-May 1, 2019: Successful career development workshop by Paul Mullan
Do you want to direct your career, one that best matches your personality style, motivation and interest? Do you want to learn how to target and find jobs that best match your unique talents effectively? Do you what to learn how to write a compelling resume that gets the attention of recruiters? Do you want to learn to how to sell yourself more effectively during an interview? If the answer is YES to all of these questions, then please attend the Successful Career Development Workshop! To learn more about Paul, visit his website at 

March 24-26, 2019: Data reproducibility workshops by Dr. Ulf Tölch and Dr. Benjamin Schwessinger
Research that is not reproducible wastes resources and negatively impacts scientific careers. Tools to efficiently share data and protocols are underutilized as most research programs don’t provide sufficient training in reproducible and rigorous scientific practices. These sessions will provide information and practical training in methods to improve the reproducibility of your research. 

February 11, 2019: Career stories and scientific publishing session with Dr. John Uhlrich and Dr. Stefan Hildebrandt, Editors-in-Chief at Wiley-VCH
Are you interested in a career in scientific publishing? Would you like to know more about the peer review process from the journal perspective? Would you like to build your CV through more involvement with scientific journals and the peer review process? Would you like to network with two Editors-in-Chief from the Wiley-VCH family of journals? Then please attend this session with Dr. John Uhlrich and Dr. Stefan Hildebrandt as they share their career stories and give insights into the world of scientific publishing.

January 23, 2019: “Open science is better science” by KAUST Prof. David Ketcheson
In this talk, Professor David Ketcheson (Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, CEMSE) will share his experience and perspectives on practicing open science. Among other things, he will discuss
- writing papers and books in the open,
- making results freely available after (and sometimes before) publication,
- open code and reproducible computational science,
- open teaching materials and
- sharing your work on social media.
David will also identify and address some common concerns about open science practices, and describe how widespread adoption of open practices may transform scientific research and education.

December 3, 2018: Grant writing from a funding agency perspective by Manus Ward
In this interactive session, Manus Ward will discuss how funding agencies assess grant applications, and he will share insights from a funding agency perspective. Manus has a wealth of experience in research evaluation. He is the Lead of Integrative Activities at KAUST’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR).


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