Scientific Laboratory Show & Conference 2018

Meet. Learn. Discover.

Professional Development Zone

Setting the standards for professional scientists, for a better future for all

The Professional Development Zone provides delegates with an opportunity to engage with professional bodies from the full range of science-based disciplines either on their stands or through a variety of workshops running throughout the day.

The Science Council has brought together experts and organisations that are on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as let you know how professional membership can benefit you in your day to day work. Exhibitors will also be providing one to one advice such as CV surgeries, latest job listings and membership offers exclusive to SLS Lab Show delegates.

The Professional Development Zone will host a series of masterclasses including:

Developing a leadership mindset

Great leaders have a mindset - a way of thinking - which distinguishes them from others. The good news is that developing a more successful leadership mindset can be learnt. Learn some routines and ways of thinking that will help you become a better leader.

Crossing the Communications Divide

Successful communication with those inside - and particularly outside - your organisation is at the heart of establishing productive and enduring business relationships.  Whilst dealing with a range of different stakeholder perspectives can be challenging, it can also be very rewarding.  Find out more about understanding communications with stakeholders, identifying their needs - and importantly, how best to respond to them – in this interactive and engaging session.

How to create a killer CV

Learn the best way to sell yourself effectively.  This presentation will cover both academic and non-academic CV’s along with, making an impact, effective layouts and the balance between technical and personal skills.

Preparing for interviews

In this presentation we will cover the purpose of the interview, how to prepare, and why it’s important along with controlling your nerves and making a positive impression.  The presentation will highlight the different types of interviews (phone/Skype/face to face) and how to answer difficult questions.

How to deal with difficult people in meetings

Find out how to manage difficult people in meetings and make your meetings more productive. In this masterclass, you will gain tips on how to deal with difficult people in a group situation.

RSciTech (Registered Science Technician), RSci (Registered Scientist), CSci (Chartered Scientist), CSciTeach (Chartered Science Teacher)


Professional Development Masterclasses

Conference Suite 3A
Time MasterClass
09:45 - 10:30

Membership and Professional Awards hosted by the RSC

12:45 - 13:30

How to deal with difficult people in meetings

15:00 - 15:45

A Guide to Professional Registration hosted by the Science Council

Conference Suite 3B
Time MasterClass
12:45 - 13:30

How to prepare a killer CV

15:00 - 15:45

How to prepare for interviews

Conference Suite 3C
Time MasterClass
12:45 - 13:30

Crossing the Communications Divide

15:00 - 15:45

Developing a leadership mindset


Professional Development Zone

The Biochemical Society has over 7,000 members across the world from undergraduates to retired individuals.   

The Biochemical Society promotes the future of molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges.  

We achieve this by bringing together molecular bioscientists, supporting the next generation of biochemists, promoting and sharing knowledge, and promoting the importance of our discipline.

Advancing knowledge and setting standards in biomedical science

With up to 20,000 members in over 30 countries, the Institute of Biomedical Science is the leading professional body for biomedical scientists, support staff and students.

For over 100 years we have been dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of excellence in biomedical science within all aspects of healthcare, and providing the highest standards of service to patients and the public. 

By supporting our members in their practice of biomedical science we set quality standards for the profession through: training, education, assessments, examinations and continuous professional development.

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. We have a worldwide membership from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government.  

Our purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. In our role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

The National Technician Development Centre supports universities, research institutions and related bodies across the UK to create a sustainable future for their technical staff and services.  

The expertise of the team at the Centre, based in Sheffield, is available to support the delivery of high quality technical services across all areas including Arts, Science, Engineering and Medicine. It will assist organisations in managing the well-documented shortage of skilled and highly trained technicians.

The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 54,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with over 175 years of history and an international vision for the future. We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity.

The British Academy of Audiology is the leading professional body for audiologists in the U.K. Audiology professionals work in a variety of settings including hospitals and private practice; they carry out a wide range of tasks including assessment and rehabilitation of people with hearing loss or balance disorders. The BAA provide the largest UK conference for audiology in November each year.

The Institute of Science & Technology (IST) is the leading professional body for technical staff, supporting and representing technical staff in science, technology, engineering, digital, arts and media working in a broad range of employment sectors. We are in a unique position to help technical staff improve visibility, gain professional recognition and provide support for career development to ensure future sustainability of technical skills and expertise within the workplace.

The TMU is an informal voluntary association of technical managers and supervisors working within  engineering, technology & science to support a wide range of disciplines in universities throughout the United Kingdom. The broad term “technical manager” encompasses a wide range of activities, employment categories and job titles in HEIs. Many of our members have some responsibility for managing resources such as a technical service, a facility, or laboratory where they provide technology or engineering support to academic teaching and/or research. This area of technical support can be found in and across an enormously diverse range of disciplines.

TOPRA - The organisation for professionals in regulatory affairs.

TOPRA is the professional membership organisation for individuals working in healthcare regulatory affairs. We work with our members internationally to enable and promote excellence across the healthcare regulatory profession.  

We provide our members (from students up to retired members and Fellows) with top-quality, relevant support with a European focus.  We support them throughout their careers to help them perform to the highest level and to help retain the brightest and the best within the profession.

The University Bioscience Managers Association UBMA was founded in 1983 by two bioscience managers (Basil Boam BEM FIScT and David Smart MIScT) at the university of Sheffield,  since then the organisation has grown with a membership from over 100 university and Institutes of Higher Education across the UK  and Ireland. UBMA aims to improve the management and resources in universities, research institutes, industry and the wider HE sector. We support members by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and the establishment of best practice across the bioscience sector.
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