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ECR Webinar: Leadership and mentorship for early-career researchers

Three Principal Investigators will share their experiences of leadership and mentorship within academia followed by open discussion. Register for this free event.

The road through academic career progression can seem uncertain. How can you be sure you’re making the right steps? How can you make the leap from one career stage to the next ensuring effective leadership and meaningful mentorship?

Join us on Thursday, April 18 at 2pm BST for a free event discussing leadership and mentorship for early-career researchers.

Three Principal Investigators will offer insights into their approaches to leadership and mentorship, focusing on the strategies and practices they have employed to succeed in their roles.

We will hear the experiences of Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Monaghan, Prof. Dr. Thomas Auer and Prof. Dr. Sufyan Ashhad. The event will be chaired by Regina Mencia and Divyansh Mittal, members of the eLife Early-Career Advisory Group.

The event includes interactive discussion so please come with questions or experiences you would like to share.



L-R: Regina Mencia and Divyansh Mittal, ECAG Members, eLife


Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Monaghan
Associate Professor, Biology Department,
Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Prof. Jacqueline Monaghan was an NSERC graduate scholar at the University of British Columbia. Prof. Monaghan continued as an EMBO Long-term Fellow and BBSRC Future Leader Fellow at the Sainsbury Laboratory Norwich. Currently, Prof. Monaghan is the Canada Research Chair in Plant Immunology and her research group in the Biology Department in Queen's University, Canada focuses on immune signal transduction and fine-tuning mechanisms.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Auer
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology,
University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Dr. Thomas Auer did a joint Ph.D. between the labs of Joachim Wittbrodt, Heidelberg and Filippo Del Bene, Paris, in visual system development in zebrafish. For his PostDoc, Dr. Auer joined Richard Benton's group at the University of Lausanne to work on the genetic basis of olfactory circuit evolution in Drosophilids. In 2020, he started his independent group as an SNF Ambizione fellow to study gustatory circuit evolution and he is currently at the Department of Biology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Prof. Dr. Sufyan Ashhad
Assistant Professor, Breathing Neuroscience Lab,
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India

Dr. Sufyan Ashhad did his integrated MS-Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Rishikesh Narayanan. His studies were focused around neuronal and dendritic physiology, astrocytes-neuron interactions and plasticity. For his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Ashhad moved to Prof. Jack Feldman's laboratory in the University of California at Los Angeles, USA to study breathing rhythms. Currently, Dr. Ashhad is leading the Breathing Neuroscience Laboratory at National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Regina Mencia, ECAG Member, eLife
Divyansh Mittal, ECAG Member, eLife
eLife Early Career Advisory Group
Godwyns Onwuchekwa, Head of Communities, eLife

The ECR Wednesday webinar series is produced by eLife staff and guided by the eLife Early-Career Advisory Group, with the aim to support ECRs to raise and discuss issues of importance to them. The series does not involve editorial oversight by eLife the journal.


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