Adapt to Thrive

My day job is based at the WEISS Center (Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences) at University College London. I was naturally intrigued to attend UCL’s own embrace of failure programme called “Adapt to Thrive”:

UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) have partnered with the Academic Careers Office to bring you another ADAPT to Thrive event – part of an event series for ECRs where their peers and senior researchers share their experiences on how they failed and lived to tell the story. Taking risks and failing is an integral part of building a research career. By sharing the experiences of researchers at different career stages the ADAPT event series provides early career researchers with support by showcasing how failure and success walk hand in hand.

ADAPT to Thrive will:

  • Normalise speaking out about failure and reducing stigma.
  • Help build a more resilient academic community by facilitating conversations and allowing early and mid-career researchers to find support networks.
  • Shift the perception of risk and encourage early and mid-career researchers to take new approaches to their careers and pursue unconventional ideas.

The session I attended featured speakers from the UCL faculty (Matt and Clare I have worked with):

  • Dr Matt Clarkson, Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS)
  • Prof Clare Elwell, UCL Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
  • Prof Anna David, UCL Institute of Women’s Health and UCLH


Great to see in higher education not just the practice but also the pedagogy of embracing failure.