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Enabling Innovation - 21st Century Scientist Series - Support for SMEs

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Helping graduate scientists working in SME’s gain the communication skills they need in a scientific world.

  • From: Wednesday 17 January 2018, 1.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 17 January 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 13.30
  • Location: CTLP06, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, NG11 8NS
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 16 January 2018, 5.00 pm
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Event details

This workshop will focus on improving the confidence and communication skills of graduate scientists working in small and medium businesses. The workshop will put you into small collaborative groups, mixing with other young professionals and final year students here at Nottingham Trent University. The event will be guided by a member of the science academic staff, with support from the Employability team. Attendees will be working with each other in small groups to provide each other with support and advice and tips.

Content will include:

  • A short introduction by Dave Fairhurst
  • 20 minutes each to discuss a project you are working on and for the group to ask questions and offer advice. This will be a very informal presentation on a whiteboard, so preparation required. You can bring a sample or a video if it is essential
  • A tour of NTU’s Science & Technology Facilities, within your group.

Many young scientists leave Education with a brilliant knowledge of their subject but can be held back by shyness and a lack of education in the soft skills. This workshop aims to give you the footings to build a portfolio of these skills to help you better communicate your ideas and projects to your contemporary’s and colleagues in an effective manner.

This workshop is intended to be the first of a series of workshops covering a variety of skills a modern scientist will need to innovate.


13:30 - Registration and Networking
14.00 – Introduction to Enabling Innovation (Tom Sanders)
14.05 – Introduction to the workshop (Dave Fairhurst)
14.15– Split into groups, begin discussing each other’s projects
16.15 – tour of campus facilities
17:00 - Event close.

21st Century Scientist Programme

This event is part of a series of events promoting innovation and modern scientist skills. Sign up to all our events below:

Workshop 1 – Informal discussions 17 January 2018

Workshop 2 – Media Masterclass for Scientific Innovation 15 February 2018

Workshop 3 – Engaging Scientific Writing 8 March 2018

Workshop 4 – Infographics 28 March 2018

Booking information

To book please click the 'Reserve your place' button above and complete the short online booking process.

If you have any queries in the meantime please contact Tom Sanders from the Enabling Innovation team:
Thomas Sanders MSci
Innovation Consultant – Enabling Innovation
Tel.: 0115 848 3944


This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance. In order to attend this event you must be eligible for support from the Enabling Innovation Programme, which supports SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Enabling Innovation is a three-year collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Derby to support SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to innovate. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Location details


CTLP06, Centre for Teaching and Learning


Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
NG11 8NS

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Still need help?

Thomas Sanders
0115 848 3944