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Early Career Researchers’ Conference
September 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Platelet Society Virtual Early Career Researcher Meeting
Over a year ago Dr Paul Armstrong (Queen Mary University London) and myself (Dr Kirk Taylor; Imperial College London) sat down to plan the 2nd Early Career Researcher (ECR) meeting of The Platelet Society. We decided on a date in April 2020, secured a venue, sponsors and received exciting abstracts for the meeting. What we didn’t realise was that a global pandemic was lurking around the corner. One month before the meeting, it soon became apparent that with the UK on the brink of lockdown, we could not hold our meeting. Rather than simply cancel, we postponed to September in the hope that we could get together in person. We also expanded the organising team and Carly Kempster (University of Reading) joined to help plan and deliver the meeting. Unfortunately, as the worldwide lockdown progressed our hopes of an in-person meeting were dashed and we had to take things online.
From the submitted abstracts we selected 8 talks that we felt represented the breadth and depth of the Society. We incorporated both clinical and basic science, alongside methodological advances and translational studies. Programme.
The day itself went off without a hitch – Dr Steve Thomas (University of Birmingham) was our behind the scenes producer for the day, making sure everyone could get in and could be heard (you’re on mute!). We had over 120 registrations from the UK, Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada and Mexico! The talks were really engaging with lots of questions from our virtual audience.
Carly gave an update on the Platelet Society ECR survey, highlighting that members would like more from the society. Suggestions for this included mentoring, webinars, socials, improved communication and a skills repository. In response to this Carly and I are launching an ECR Working Group to develop the Society and introduce exciting new initiatives. All early career researchers/trainees are welcome to apply to join the working group (You don’t need to be a current member but if successful, we would ask you to join- only £20/year). Full details can be found here and applications are open until 30th September.
We hope that we will be able to get together in person in Keele next year (29th-31st March 2021). So, save the date and we’ll see you then!
This meeting was supported by:
- September 3, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Event Category:
- Platelet Society Meetings
- Kirk Taylor
- Paul Armstrong
March 29 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm