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GSLS RD Training 2018-2019

Programme of events provided by Graduate School of Life Sciences
(Mon 29 Oct 2018 - Tue 24 Sep 2019)

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Mon 29 Oct 2018 – Tue 11 Jun

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October 2018

Mon 29
The Engaged Researcher: The Story Collidor - Science Story Telling new Finished 10:00 - 16:30 Downing College, Howard Building

Stories weave together fact and emotion, helping people to understand the world. They can also be a powerful tool for you to share your research with the public.

This whole day workshop run by the internationally acclaimed Story Collider, will help you to understand how narrative can enrich your science engagement. Through a combination of creative techniques and empirical science, you will brainstorm, develop and refine your own research stories.

November 2018

Thu 1
The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Seminar new Finished 12:30 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E

Come to this Public Engagement Seminar to hear about an inspirational project citizen science project from one of your colleagues in the University, Dr Andrew Conlan. This is also an opportunity to network with others interested in Public Engagement and to talk to a member of the Public Engagement Team.

Why not bring your lunch with you?

Mon 5
How to Keep a Lab Notebook Finished 15:00 - 17:00 Department of Genetics, Room G6

Your lab notebook is one of the most important and precious objects you, as a scientist, will ever have. This course will explore how keeping an exemplary laboratory notebook is crucial to good scientific practice in lab research. The course will consist of a short talk, a chance to assess some examples of good and bad practice, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. You might like to bring along your own lab notebook for feedback. (Please note that issues relating to protection of Intellectual Property Rights will not be covered in this course).

Tue 6
How to write an academic paper and get it published Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane, Committee Room

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer

Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

Wed 7
The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Public Engagement new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

Tue 13
The Engaged Researcher: Shooting Your Research Video new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 eLearning 3 - School of Clinical Medicine

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A video is a great way to spread the message of your research to different public audiences across the World! Attendees will be equipped with the skills needed to plan and shoot high quality footage for your very own research-video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video session.

Tue 20
The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 eLearning 3 - School of Clinical Medicine

Shot your research video? Got lots of video clips, photographs & audio you want to bring together to make one research video to share with public audiences around the World? Attendees on this course will learn how to cut, add soundtracks and do audio-mixing to edit their very own research video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Shooting Your Research Video session.

December 2018

Thu 6
The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Public Engagement new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Computer Lab, SW01

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

Mon 10
The Engaged Researcher: Comedy in communicating your research new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E

Ever wanted to bring comedy into your public engagement projects? This is for you, as trainer Steve Cross helps researchers to improve their communication skills, build confidence and find creative ways of communicating their research.

January 2019

Tue 22
The Engaged Researcher: Finding Your Research Story new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 10

We all love a good story- whether it’s the latest bestselling fiction book or a cheesy soap. And science is full of stories- stories of discovery, of persistence, of hope. Finding these stories can help take your public engagement to the next level, whatever medium you use to communicate.

Mon 28
CSTP: Achieving Clarity in Academic Writing new Finished 13:30 - 17:30 Clinical School, William Harvey Lecture Theatre

Achieving clarity in writing is not just about what’s written on the page – that is merely the final stage in a long and complex process. It actually starts with the interpretation of the question… From a linguistic perspective writing is actually rather straightforward, but the clarity of the ‘end product’, particularly in academic writing, is very much dependent on the clarity of all the stages that precede it. This session will examine this process and explores strategies to help you improve the clarity of your writing.

February 2019

Tue 5
The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Seminar new Finished 12:30 - 14:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 3

Come to this Public Engagement Seminar to hear about an inspirational patient and public involvement (PPI) project from one of your colleagues in the University, Dr Anna Spathis. The PPI project won a prize at the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's public engagement with research awards.

This is also an opportunity to network with others interested in Public Engagement and to talk to a member of the Public Engagement Team.

Why not bring your lunch with you?

Tue 12
How to write an academic paper and get it published Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer

Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

Fri 15
The Engaged Researcher: Gentle Introduction to Impact Evaluation new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This workshop introduces how to design an effective impact evaluation.

The Engaged Researcher: Questionnaire Design for Impact Evaluation new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This workshop provides top tips and guidance on developing an impact evaluation survey that is robust. This will include helping participants identify and avoid common pitfalls in impact evaluation questionnaire design, as well as accounting for key issues such as representative sampling. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their own survey questions with feedback and support during the workshop.

Tue 26
The Engaged Researcher: Research Video: Social Media new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 OPdA at Biomedical Campus - Newman Library

Everyone is watching video on Social Media these days. So it is a great place to share your research. Learn about the best ways to create & upload video for, as well as go live on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You just need yourself, a smartphone and your enthusiasm!

April 2019

Mon 1

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

Tue 9
How to write an academic paper and get it published Finished 09:30 - 16:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer

Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

Tue 30
The Engaged Researcher: Telling Your Research Story new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

Whether at a conference, a science festival or in the pub, all scientists need to be able to talk about their work in an engaging and understandable way. This practical, hands-on session will help scientists develop their communication skills, so they are confident talking to diverse audiences in a range of environments.

May 2019

Wed 22
The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement with Dr. Giles Yeo new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

This 2 hour workshop will discuss "why does research matter and how do we share it?"

June 2019

Mon 3
Profile-Raising and Networking new Finished 10:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

This whole day session is designed to help researchers develop strategies for making networking part of a successful career, whether inside or outside of research. It focuses on thinking about all of the researchers' working life as a route to networking, rather than being a course about "personal impact" in conference coffee breaks.

Thu 6
The Engaged Researcher: Comedy in communicating your research new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 13

Ever wanted to bring comedy into your public engagement projects? This is for you, as trainer Steve Cross helps researchers to improve their communication skills, build confidence and find creative ways of communicating their research.

Fri 7
The Engaged Researcher: Media training new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews

Mon 10
Profile-Raising and Networking new Finished 10:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

This whole day session is designed to help researchers develop strategies for making networking part of a successful career, whether inside or outside of research. It focuses on thinking about all of the researchers' working life as a route to networking, rather than being a course about "personal impact" in conference coffee breaks.

Tue 11
How to write an academic paper and get it published Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer

Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.