Can you have work-life balance AND a career in communications?

27 February 2019
  • Start: 13:00
  • End: 14:00
  • Location: Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH

*Please note you have to be a member of Stempra to attend this event*

Stempra and Academy of Medical Sciences learning lunch

Our 24-hour news media and the growing importance of feeding digital communications channels could result in STEM communicators being chained to our computers around the clock. Yet, we are seeing more companies are open to remote and flexible working than ever before.

Many suggest that it is better for our health and wellbeing to work fewer hours, and by doing this we might be more productive. And some are using their time outside of work as a side hustle to follow a new passion or supplement their income.

So how can we make the most of opportunities that exist now and in the future, to live a more rounded life?

Stempra has teamed up with the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) to run a learning/networking lunch to discuss how it’s possible to achieve work-life balance in STEM comms.

AMS recently launched a campaign called MedSciLife to promote different working practices and explore how passions and achievement outside work can influence careers.

We will discuss how to have a productive career in science communications when we also have demanding out of work commitments, such as caring responsibilities, illness or disability or demanding non-work interests or hobbies, and how can we make the most of living in the digital age to work more flexibly.

Speakers kicking off the discussion are:  
    • Nick Hillier, Director of Communications at the Academy of Medical Sciences: On how to encourage a culture of healthy work-life balance and flexible working internally, and in the scientific community
    • Nancy Mendoza, Director of Nancy W Mendoza Communications: On her experience with disability and managing mental health
    • Kerry Noble, Communications Consultant: Talking about how going freelance can lead to flexibility, and previous experiences of negotiating part-time/job share roles
    • Melanie Etherton, Communications Officer (Events), The Academy of Medical Sciences, talking about mixing a full-time job alongside volunteering to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their full potential
    • Patricia Regis, Press Officer at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: On the difficulties of achieving work-life balance earlier on in your career in a busy, high-pressured press office
A light lunch/finger food will be provided.

*Please note you have to be a paid-up member of Stempra to attend this event*

The event will officially run 1-2pm in case people can only get on hour off work but we can stick around and network until 2:30/3pm.
Register here.