PSWC Young Scientists Satellite Conference Day 1

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Jakub Qazi and Soudeh Tehrani (part 1); Cloé Esposito and Élise Laszlo (part 2)


Opening session

Dominique Jordan, PhD, PharmD, FIP president

Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Science and Cabinet (recorded).Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Science and Cabinet

Part 1: 

“Been there, done that” young professional sessions

Choosing a career isn’t as easy as it’s made out to be. To truly understand the future you will choose for yourself, many seek the guidance of individuals who have already experienced the same uncertainty and struggles. The “Been there, done that” young professional sessions will give young pharmaceutical scientists who have already integrated the job market the opportunity to share their stories with their juniors. They will begin by presenting their diverse educational and professional backgrounds, the biggest challenges they have faced and the lessons they have learnt from them. Ultimately, they will share what motivated them to pursue these choices and provide, what they deem to be, the most important pieces of advice that they can give to our audience. By doing so, for 45 minutes, our participants will be given the tools and information they need to more concretely pave the way to their futures in academia or entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical sciences. This session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A in which the audience will have a unique opportunity to seek more specific guidance from the speakers.

Presented by :

Elias Gedamu, P.Eng., M.Sc., entrepreneur, 3Dhealth technologies

Christine Allen, PhD, entrepreneur, Nanovista, University of Toronto

Rodi Abdalkader, PhD, assistant professor, Kyoto university


Part 2: 

Rapid-fire presentations (first round)

Scientific conferences are unique in that they are events in which the audience can also act as speakers. Poster presentations are a common communication platform for student researchers participating in international conferences, while more prestigious oral presentations are usually reserved for the veterans of the field. The rapid-fire presentations are 10-minute presentations in which outstanding young pharmaceutical researchers can present their work. This session will be followed by 5-minute Q&As.


Learning Objectives

Part 1:

  • To understand the challenges associated with the pursuit of a career in academia or entrepreneurship and how to navigate them.
  • To get a sense of the day-to-day of young professionals in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • To get the tools and guidance needed to take steps towards certain career goals beyond a formal education.

Part 2:

  • To give young researchers the international exposure they need to get ahead in their respective fields.
  • To give young researchers opportunities to practice their scientific communication skills.
  • To encourage potential collaborations.