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Getting off the Ground

Starting a Research Lab in Academia

Monday September 28, 2020
10:00am - 12:00 pm


Thinking about a career in Academia? How much do you know about the steps involved in starting a lab? What must be negotiated with the university to obtain a lab space and manage funding? How do you kick-start your research program while also training students? How can social media help to build your research program? Join us for a panel discussion with early career and established researchers on their experiences!

Speakers will answer questions and discuss their own experiences and provide examples of practical steps to take and challenges they faced along the way. Students can submit questions during the discussion for panelists to answer at the end of the session.

This 2-hour Zoom event is scheduled for Monday September 28th, 2020 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.


Learning objectives
The goal of this event is to help students gain knowledge about what’s involved with starting wet and dry labs, and advice about what to expect when first establishing your research program.


Webinar video
The full webinar video has been saved and is embedded below. You can watch the entire video complete with chapter listings on YouTube.


List of panel speakers


Program and Schedule
This panel event consists of an online discussion among a diverse group of faculty researchers, who will answer questions about their experiences and process of first building and establishing their research lab in academia.

10:00am-10:10am: Opening remarks, speaker introductions
10:10am-11:30am: Panel discussion with Drs Benali, Booij, Fortin,Grova, and Piekny

10:10am-10:30am: Establishing your lab and finances
10:30am-10:50am: Managing students and lab staff
10:50am-11:10am: Collaborations and networking
11:10am-11:30am: Business and communication

11:30am-12:00pm: Summary, Q&A period, closing remarks


Event Organizer

Fadi Touma

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