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EGU webinar: Careers outside of academia

12 June 2020

Statistics show that up to 70% of scientists will transition to careers outside of academia after their PhD. Transferable scientific skills and knowledge are becoming increasingly valued in non-academic job sectors. However, navigating job opportunities and transitioning to different career paths can be challenging.

This webinar, to be held at 16:00 on 24 June 2020, will focus on the career paths of four scientists whose backgrounds encompass a variety of scientific disciplines and who are now working in education, journalism and data science. The panelists will discuss their journeys to find their current careers, offer tips for transitioning, and talk about which skills are particularly valuable to non-academic industries. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

Speakers will include:

  • Liam Brannigan, a senior data scientist at a start-up in Belfast called Analytics Engines. His PhD was in ocean sciences and he did a number of postdocs before his current job.
  • Robin Andrews, a freelance science journalist. His PhD was in volcanology and his journalism focuses on volcanoes, earthquakes and planetary science.
  • Ashleigh Massam, a process architect for JBA Risk Management. Her role includes research and development, data analysis and hydraulic modelling. Her PhD was in cryosphere and ice core modelling.
  • Carly Matis, a physics teacher and researcher as part of the Researchers in Schools programme. Her PhD was in atmospheric science and meteorology.

To register for the event, please click here. Please be aware that spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Hosted quarterly, EGU webinars offer our members the opportunity to learn about EGU activities or gain new skills from the comfort of their own homes and offices. All webinars are free for current EGU members. Each session will also be uploaded on the EGU YouTube page after one week to allow anyone who is unable to join the live session to still benefit from the information.

Please feel free to share this webinar with anyone who may be interested. If you have any questions, please contact


Chloe Hill
Policy Officer
European Geosciences Union
Munich, Germany
Phone +49-89-2050-76342
Twitter @EuroGeosciences


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