Presenter: Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology LLC, Bio-Link, AC2 Bio-Link
This session described a three-part strategy for identifying which kinds of knowledge and skills that you might need to learn and how you might going about learning these. We discussed online tools like Biotech-Careers.org, Bio-Link related resources such as Making the Call - an interactive movie that can help with learning about biomanufacturing, and the NSF Grant database to identify business activities and companies in your area. Knowing more about the business areas of your local companies and research institutions will help you provide better advice to your students and provide focus when looking for professional development. We also discuss factors to consider when choosing development opportunities, such as how you plan to use the information. In the last part, we described how different venues support different kinds of learning, opportunities for faculty internships, and compared the benefits of conferences that focus on science vs. conferences focused on education.