The LASA Annual Conference 2019: 26th-28th November

Jobseekers on the lookout for life science vacancies might find it beneficial to attend this year’s LASA Annual Conference, taking place between the 26th and 28th November, as the team from Agenda Life Sciences will be attending and it represents an excellent networking opportunity for anyone keen to further their career in the life sciences sector.

The annual congress takes place in Birmingham, featuring a scientific and educational programme that focuses particularly on CRISPR technology, as well as the latest recommendations and information on the understanding of animal welfare, sentience, 3Rs and influencing human behaviour on experimental design.

A large trade exhibition will also be a big feature, with recent updates in animal care materials and equipment, research equipment and animal use and health programmes. Opportunities to network will also be available, with industry players from around the UK and further afield.

Numerous workshops and talks are being put on over the course of the three days, including a seminar by Charlotte Burn from the Royal Veterinary College, who will be discussing the animal welfare impact and feasibility of commercially available nesting materials for lab mice.

Emilie Da Silva from the University of Denmark, meanwhile, will be on hand to discuss making the move away from animal testing for acute inhalation toxicity testing.

And Elizabeth Fisher, professor of neurogenetics at the Institute of Neurology at University College London, will be giving a keynote speech on humanising mouse models to understand neurodegeneration, sure to be of interest to many of you out there.

3 top networking tips

Making the right kind of professional contacts can really help you further your career and one of the best ways to make these contacts is by attending industry events. But not everyone is good at networking and it can be daunting to go to your first few events, not sure what to expect. Here are a few top tips to help you make a good first impression.

Researching the attendees is wise as it means you can prepare some key questions and hold interesting conversations with ease. It also means you’ll find it easier to share information about yourself and what you do without it seeming unnatural.

When talking to people, maintain eye contact as you chat and make sure that your body language shows that you’re genuinely interested in what they have to say. This will help you to build up a real sense of rapport, which will make it easier to do business later down the line.

It’s also important that you don’t spread yourself too thin. You won’t have time to meet everyone so don’t even try – it’s more effective to make a couple of real relationships with people than trying to meet as many of them as you can.