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Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Wednesday, 31 July, 2024 - 10:00 to 11:00
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Stand Out Skills is a webinar series for early career researchers working in materials science disciplines. Hosted by experts, each episode explores presentation, communication, or career skills for researchers which aren’t normally taught as a part of established education pathways for materials scientists.

The Stand Out Skills webinars offer you the opportunity to learn a host of new abilities that complement your research career, including how to build your own research website, improve your academic CV and utilise new technologies to present your work more effectively.

The series will support your early career journey and help you to build a repertoire of valuable new skills to distinguish yourself and thrive in your research community.


Open data has been a fixture of life sciences for over two decades now, with it now being routine to make research data publicly available. A similar effort is now being made in materials science, with Royce’s Materials 4.0 roadmap and other activities looking to address this gap. This digitisation of materials data through open access, digital twins and lab automation is becoming ever more prevalent, but what does it mean for you as a PhD researcher?

In his role as Royce data curator, Stephen Pryce will address the question in his Stand Out Skills talk “What is Open Data?” explore the benefits of Open Data to science and the general public; highlight the success of open data case studies; visit open data policy for UK government-funded research; explain how to share data; and explore solutions to some of the key issues in the cultural shift towards open data practices. There is time at end allocate for a Q&A session as well and further resources.