The Researchers' Society (RS) is run by early-career researchers of the MRC Centre for Environment & Health and aims to promote the welfare and career development of researchers across the Centre.
All PhD students, research and technical staff whose Principal Investigator/Project is part of the Centre are members of the Society.
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For more information, please read here: Researchers Society Constitution
Researchers' Society Committee
The organisation of the Researchers' Society is conducted by the Researchers' Society Committee. Membership of the Committee is open to all members who attend Committee meetings and show an active interest in the running of the society.
The Researchers Society has a representative on the Centre’s Executive Committee, as a full member, thereby ensuring that the needs of the Centre's researchers can be presented to the key decision makers.
We are closing a beautiful chapter at MRC Researchers' Society, but worry not! We are ready for a new one! Do you want to be part of our great community and contribute to making it even better? Join our committee!
Committee positions (open to everyone!):
- Social media rep.
- Public Engagement rep.
- Wellbeing rep.
- Social rep.
- Training (Joint Training Programme) rep.
- Website/IT rep.
Co-chair positions (x2) (open internally to current committee members only)
Researchers' Society Upcoming Events
Picture a Scientist: Movie Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday 2nd Feb 2021 4-5 pm
Picture a Scientist film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
Our invited speakers for the panel discussion are:
- Dr Kanta Chechi
- Dr Adetoun Mustapha
Register for the online movie link and panel discussion here
Thursday 4th February 2021: 4-5 pm
We are pleased to announce the start of the Researchers' Society Book Club!
How will it work:
- We will meet once every other month
- Meetings will be virtual until further notice
- After each session we will let the attendees suggest books and then the group will vote for the following months book
- Whoever's book is chosen will chair the discussion
The first meeting will take place on Thursday 4th February at 4pm. Keep an eye out for the meeting invite via email!
Our first book will be: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
Hope you enjoy reading the book!
Researchers' Society Recent Events
Christmas Gala 2020: Getting the science right to improve health inequalities for women and girls globally
Thursday 10th Dec 2020 5-6:30 pm
For too long, women were not included in health research and even when they were, results from studies were not analysed separately for women and men. As a consequence, this has led to poor science and in many instances, to poorer health outcomes for women. Additionally, many of the advances we have made in improving health outcomes for women have not been shared by all women, especially those in resource-poor settings. We can and must do better.
Professor Robyn Norton
Epidemiologist by training, is the co-founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health and Chair of Global Health at Imperial College London.
The Story of Plastic
Tuesday 28th July 2020 5-6 pm
To spread awareness of the environmental and human rights threat of plastic, we are participating in the grassroots screening tour of The Story of Plastic, a documentary by The Story of Stuff Project. Followed by a Panel Discussion with Delphine Lévi Alvarès (Rethinking Plastic Alliance), Prof. Paul Lickiss (ICL) and Dr Stephanie Wright (ICL).
To find out more about the Plastic Free July, and tips and tricks for reducing your plastic consumption visit: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
Wellbeing II: Art Therapy Workshop
Thursday 23rd July 2020 12-2 pm
Using items found around the home such as pens, pencils and foodstuffs such as turmeric, tea and coffee, the directed wellbeing workshop will explore topics such as self-care, working in isolation, and stress, time and workload management, using art exercises such as mapping your support network.
The two-hour workshop will be given by Lee Simmons from Social Art and Therapy, an artist, climbing instructor and psychotherapist. Lee has tailored the workshop to focus on the wellbeing of PhD students and early career researchers during COVID-19 lockdown as we find ourselves working more in isolation and having difficulty balancing work, relaxation, time, stress and focus.
Wellbeing I: Get your body moving
Tuesday 21st July 2020 - 12-1 pm
Join us and Vincent Merouze for a lunchtime dance fitness session aimed to get you up, moving and releasing important mood-boosting endorphins! The session will be for all levels and abilities, focussing on making you feel good.