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Making the most of conferences. Conference experiences. ‘ Networking ’ Giving papers Organising your own conferences Anything else?. ‘Networking’. Become part of an academic community Learn about what academia is really like Possibilities for collaboration Career development.

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Conference experiences
Conference experiences

  • ‘Networking’

  • Giving papers

  • Organising your own conferences

  • Anything else?


Networking
‘Networking’

  • Become part of an academic community

  • Learn about what academia is really like

  • Possibilities for collaboration

  • Career development


Do s and don t s
Do’s and ‘don’t’s

  • Do...

    • Ask your supervisor to introduce you to people

    • Talk to as many people as you can

    • Make use of breaks and mealtimes

    • Take time out

    • Study the delegate list


Do s and don t s1
‘Do’s and ‘don’t’s

  • Don’t...

    • Be afraid to talk about your own interests

    • Be reluctant to ask questions

    • Be intimidated

    • Pretend to know everything

      And remember: you have ideas to contribute too!


Conference experiences1
Conference experiences

  • ‘Networking’

  • Giving papers

  • Organising your own conferences

  • Anything else?


Before the paper
Before the paper

  • Practise

  • Get organised

    • AV and back-up

  • Know your audience


During the paper
During the paper

  • Be clear on your point:

    • To share ideas?

    • To persuade?

    • To get feedback?

  • Logical structure

  • Know your material

  • Keep it simple

  • Voice and body language

  • Be responsive

  • Visual aids

  • Keep to time


Powerpoint
PowerPoint

  • Read your slides beforehand

  • Large (18+) font, standard

  • Write in point form, not complete sentences

  • Dark text on light background

  • Use coloured text sparingly, for emphasis.

  • Do not experiment with text!


The effects of rainbows on cows
The effects of rainbows on cows

THE effects of rainbows on cows have not been

explored in any depth, but this is a subject which warrants

further investigation. The effects’, particularly of indigoe, on pigs,

sheep and horses have been well-documented, but until now, no

meaningful exploration of the situation vis-à-vis cows has been

attempted. Our research aims to rectify this oversight. In terms

of research methods, we will run structured and semi-structured

interviews with both cows and calves’. Our research WILL ALSO

involve participant observation, but we have completed

a full risk analysis and an ethical review.


After the paper
After the paper

  • Handling questions

  • Invite feedback

  • Handouts

  • Contact details


Conference experiences2
Conference experiences

  • ‘Networking’

  • Giving papers

  • Organising your own conferences

  • Anything else?


Organising your own conference
Organising your own conference

  • CV

  • Transferable skills

  • Collaboration

  • Contribution to academic community


Organising your own conference1
Organising your own conference

  • Attention to detail

  • Collaborative working

  • Funding

  • Publicity

  • The programme

  • Risks and contingency plans: the ‘What ifs...?’


Conference experiences3
Conference experiences

  • ‘Networking’

  • Giving papers

  • Organising your own conferences

  • Anything else?


Summing up
Summing up

  • Summary - what 2 (?) key points will you aim to bear in mind when:

    • Attending a conference

    • Presenting at a conference

    • Organising a conference


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