The IOP is organising a series of professional development webinars exclusively for early career physicists. The webinars are free to attend and are also open to those that are not currently IOP members. The recordings from each of these sessions will be available exclusively for IOP members, via our on-demand service, where you can also access the recordings from webinars held previously. For more information, click here

28 September 2021 at 12:30-13:30 BST
Online Presenting 
by Dr Steve Hutchinson

Covid lockdown has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of much of the summer research conference season. Many of these events, in some form, are going fully online and are asking researchers to present their talks virtually. Some organisers are suggesting that we may never return to the way things were. As such, there’s been a lot of advice about good practice for presenting online (e.g. “put your laptop on books so the camera is at eyeline”). Such advice is all well and good, but more pivotal for presenters is addressing the questions of:

  • how do effective online presenters connect with their audience
  • how can we add value to an audience by presenting and how can we make the online experience as stimulating as if we were in the same room
  • what devices (verbal / vocal / visual) will help us get a message across

In this short, focussed webinar we’ll try to answer these questions together. (We’ll also touch on the mechanics of giving an online presentation (backdrops/mic/lights etc) but this isn’t a session purely on which buttons to press on Zoom…).

13 October 2021 at 13:30-14:30 BST
Finding my voice (developing confidence and self-esteem) 
by Anna Herko

Recognise the conditions that decrease your self-esteem and identify how to enhance your self-perception and manage situations differently to raise your inner confidence.

  • Build a healthy mindset to increase self-belief
  • Explore vulnerability, draw on strengths, past experiences, what you and others most value about yourself
  • Identify positive actions you can take away to help you with current challenges that may be impacting your self-esteem and confidence

10 November 2021 at 12:30-13:30 GMT
Stakeholder Management 
by Anna Herko

A stakeholder is an individual or group that has an interest in any decision or activity of an organization. They can be inside the organisation like senior leaders, employees, or external, such a communities, governments, investors. This session helps you to understand the importance of creating and maintaining positive relationships through the appropriate management of individual stakeholder needs, wants and expectations. 

  • Highlight the significance of effective stakeholder management
  • Provide a tool(s) to help plan for interactions with key individuals
  • Differentiate between those who need to be informed, consulted and influenced
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