Mentorship for Young Scientists: Developing Scientific Survival Skills

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 9 am (Eastern US time)

ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN) is hosting the August webinar, Mentorship for Young Scientists: Developing Scientific Survival Skills in the ACerS Professional Skills and Personal Development Webinar Series.


In this webinar, Dr. Rosei will try to convey a feeling for the course “Survival Skills for Scientists” [1]. This is a graduate course designed and developed in Dr. Rosei’s department, in which they give basic advice and offer mentorship to their graduate students and post-docs. The central theme of this presentation is that succeeding in Science requires skills (often referred to as ‘soft professional skills’) beyond those needed for Science.

[1] F. Rosei, T.W. Johnston, “Survival Skills for Scientists”, Imperial College Press (2006).


The webinar aims at giving basic guidance and mentoring to young scientists (typically science and engineering undergraduate and first year graduate students).

The main topics are:

  • The job market for graduates in science and engineering (industry, national labs and academia; advantages and disadvantages)
  • Funding in modern science
  • Publish or perish; publishing quality papers, having an impact
  • Presenting your work to your peers
  • The fundamental laws of ‘scientific survival’ (know yourself, plan ahead, and play chess)
  • Ethics in modern science
  • Alternative careers

Dr. Federico Rosei
Full Professor, Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Federico Rosei (MSc (1996) and PhD (2001) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”) is Full Professor at the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes (QC) Canada, where he served as Director (07/2011–03/2019). He held the Canada Research Chair (Junior) in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials (2003–2013) and since May 2016 he holds the Canada Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage.

Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on structure/property relationships in nanomaterials and their use as building blocks in emerging technologies. His research has been supported by multiple funding sources from the Province of Quebec, the Federal Government of Canada as well as international agencies, for a total in excess of M$ 18. He has worked in partnership with over twenty Canadian R&D companies. He is co-inventor of three patents and has published over 430 articles in prestigious international journals, has been invited to speak at over 340 international conferences and has given over 255 seminars and colloquia, over 60 professional development lectures and 45 public lectures in 48 countries on all inhabited continents. His publications have been cited over 20,000 times and his H index is 75.

He is Fellow of numerous prestigious national and international societies and academies, including: the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Science, the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the African Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science, the World Academy of Ceramics, the American Physical Society, AAAS, the American Ceramic Society, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ASM International, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Australian Institute of Physics, Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, Foreign Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, Senior Member of IEEE, Alumnus of the Global Young Academy and Member of the Sigma Xi Society.


Registration is now closed. If you missed the webinar, ACerS members may view it in the ACerS Webinar Archives. Member log-in required.

ACerS member: no cost
ACerS GGRN and Material Advantage student member: no cost
ACerS non-member: $30
ACerS student non-member: $15

If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN).