Research Staff Conference 7th May 2020
This annual event gives early-career researchers a chance to get practical advice on career development, publishing, funding, knowledge exchange and good research practice.
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the 2020 Research Staff Conference ran online throughout the day on 7th May.
The hashtag for the event is: #UofGRSC20
- Now: Watch the welcome video from Professor Chris Pearce (Vice-Principal - Research)
- 11-12pm : Online Public Engagement (Dr Zara Gladman) & Writing for a Lay Audience (Steve Vass, The Conversation) View Zoom Recording; View Zara's slides (pptx)
- 12-1pm: LUNCH (view our Virtual Conference Stalls below)
- 1-1.45pm: KEYNOTE "Reproducibility: what is the scale of the problem?" (Professor Marcus Munafò, University of Bristol and UK Reproducibility Network) View Zoom Recording (awaiting captions); View slides (pptx)
- 2-2.45pm Reproducibility Hackathon with breakout discussions for all subject areas (Dr Lisa DeBruine, Stephanie Allan, Rebecca Lai, Phil McAleer); View Zoom Recording; access the Google Docs
- 3-3.45pm: "How can open practices help you get published?” (Elizabeth Moylan, Wiley) View Zoom Recording; view slides (pptx)
Virtual Conference Stalls
In the breaks, why not explore some of our “virtual stalls”: these are short reads or videos, equivalent to perusing a stall or poster in a conference break...if you enjoy them, please let us know with a tweet #UofGRSC20!
Health and Wellbeing....
- Stretch and get active! UofG Sport have a wide range of online options on their website. Why not do a quick Flow class in a break?
- Struggling to get a good night’s sleep? This 2min video from UofG’s Sleep Lab has some tips.
- Zoe Ayres has great resources on mental health in HE. Her posters can be viewed on Twitter and themes include “Perils of a Postdoc”, “Mental Health During Your PhD” and “Scientist without a lab”.
- Are you never truly satisfied with your work? Do you meticulously check your emails for mistakes before sending them? Are you avoiding tasks out of fear of not doing them well enough? If so, you could be a perfectionist and you need this blog post!
Getting active online....
- Thought about trying Twitter? Or making better use of your account? This short video by Anna Henschel, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, talks about her experiences of using twitter for academic networking and science communication.
- Thinking about improving your online presence as a researcher? Take a quick look at the presentation on the website, with plenty of supporting information below.
- Are you confident admitting - publicly - that you’d been wrong? Read about the Loss of Confidence project, “an academic safe space for researchers to declare for all to see that they no longer believe in the accuracy of one of their previous findings”.
- Go beyond authorship issues and define contributor roles for all your papers. You can read about the university’s endorsement of the CRediT taxonomy (PDF) and find instructions on how to record this information in Enlighten.
Improving our research culture...
- By signing up to the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers, we are investing in helping researchers to succeed in their chosen career path. Read about it and see the plan here.
- Who could you nominate for one of our Research Culture awards? Nominations are open now for “any member of staff, from any job family, who has made a strong contribution to the research culture.”
- Take a moment to recognise the crucial role our awesome Technicians plan in supporting Research Integrity at the university. This infographic highlights the contributions they make, as well as challenges they sometimes face.
- Are you a PhD supervisor? We have some resources for Supervising Remotely during the Coronavirus crisis.
- Got questions about the REF? The REF team can help! View REFRedux: REF2021 and what it means for ECRs (PPT).
Try some new research activities...
- Take a look at what’s on offer in our PGR@Home resource. Watch the short video to get an overview and decide which topics to review in more depth later on.
- Could you use games for research workshops or teaching? Read about the benefits of gamification in this short article by Valerie McCutcheon from UofG Library (PDF).
- Have you ever thought about keeping a reading journal to track your research reading? A post from Pat Thompson’s excellent blog has suggestions and prompts.
- Have you thought about using electronic research notebooks? Read about the work being done by the library to explore the software options.
You can access the programme and presentations from previous conferences: