Freelancing: what’s it like and how does it work?

18 October 2018
  • Start: 18:30
  • End: 20:30
  • Location: Science Media Centre, fifth floor, Wellcome Collection

Have you ever considered going freelance? Maybe you want more flexibility in your schedule, or perhaps you've wondered whether freelancing might get you out of a rut. But where do you begin? How do you start out as a freelancer, and how do you know whether it will be for you? Even if you're sure freelancing isn't for you, you may have found yourself in a situation where you could do with some short-term help at work, but don't know how to go about hiring somebody or how it works. If you'd like the opportunity to ask an incredible panel of experienced freelancers about anything and everything to do with going solo, this is the event for you. Ruth Francis has nearly 20 years experience working in science, medical, health, education and publishing, including promoting research and in strategic communications roles. She has been freelancing since the beginning of 2018. Nancy Mendoza started her career in science communications at the Science Media Centre. She went freelance in 2015 after working in house as Head of Communications at The Pirbright Institute and in various communications roles at BBSRC and the Society for Applied Microbiology. Nancy’s clients include Cancer Research UK, the British Fertility Society, University College Dublin, and the Wellcome Genome Campus. Kerry Noble has been working in communications for 18 years with roles at Imperial, Queen Mary University of London and Cancer Research UK, including a sabbatical working with tobacco control advocates in Uganda. Now freelance, her clients include the European Respiratory Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. To attend, please book your place. Please note this event is for members only; you can become a STEMPRA member here.