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June 21, 2017 | St. Louis, United States
From June 19 to 23, 2017 more than 500 scientists from over 35 countries gathered in St. Louis for the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR). This year’s ICAR meeting featured a special “Careers in Industry” information session aimed at postdocs, students, and early career scientists. The motivation to host the industry careers session was to share information on the many exciting careers that exist in industry. Currently the majority of biology curricula and training prepares students for faculty positions in academia, however typically those that earn advanced biology degrees will enter non-academic careers. The workshop presented information on:
- Examples of industry careers
- Skills needed to be successful in industry positions
- Day-to-day life of a scientist working in industry
- Steps to help one compete for industry positions
The event was hosted at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on June 21st and featured several prominent industry panelists followed by a networking and social event. Industry panelist included:
- Dr. Natalie Breakfield, NewLeaf Symbiotics
- Dr. Tiffany Lucas, BioGenerator
- Dann Adair, Conviron
- Dr. Chelly Hresko, Monsanto
- Dr. M. Annie Saltarikos, Monsanto
“The event was very well attended and, judging by the questions, the audience was very eager to learn more about the career opportunities in industry”, said Dann Adair, Conviron Account Manager and Greenhouse Application Specialist.
ICAR is the largest annual international scientific conference devoted to Arabidopsis thaliana and its translation to applied plant sciences. The majority of breakthroughs in plant science in the past several decades have relied on development of this reference plant and thousands of researchers around the world use Arabidopsis in their work. The knowledge derived from their research informs nearly all aspects of plant biology.
Conviron is the world’s largest designer and supplier of plant growth chambers and rooms. Leading universities, government agencies and agricultural biotech companies around the globe rely on Conviron’s highly engineered controlled environments to solve many of today’s challenges in food production and safety. Headquartered with design and manufacturing facilities in Winnipeg, Canada, and wholly-owned Argus Controls in Surrey, BC, Conviron employs a global sales and distribution network with offices in the US, Europe, Australia and China.