DTP students recently attended a 3-day Summer School in Industrial Biotechnology hosted by the University of Kent. The event covered a lot of ground (literally), with the first day on campus involving talks on the BioPharma sector (AstraZeneca, UCB, BBSRC’s Head of Biotechnology) and workshops on recruitment and how to prepare for interview. The second day on the Agri-Tech sector was held at NIAB research station, involving talks on the sector as a whole and new technologies for crop development, as well as tours of the facilities and orchards. The day culminated in a pizza and drinks evening organised by the NIAB team. The final day was held at Discovery Park, Sandwich, which is an Innovation Cluster which houses numerous small, medium and large businesses. We had fascinating talks on Vertical Farming and new-generation energy production, plus a comprehensive talk by Richard Green from Pfizer about the work at Sandwich and the career paths available. All in all, a busy but very enjoyable time.
“It was an insightful opportunity into the biotechnology industry that has allowed me to self-reflect and start considering my future career path”.Johanna Haszczyn, Year 2 SoCoBio student