Conference season ahead!

conf SGSSSSo next week marks the beginning of conference season for me. I know we present at conferences all year round, but June is particularly hectic as I will be presenting both locally and internationally.

Presentation (1): Factors influencing innovation across Europe: Analysis of the Community Innovation Survey

Firstly, I will be presenting a poster at the Edinburgh Napier University research conference. This poster explains results from my secondary data analysis that I completed as part of the initial stages of my PhD. AS part of my poster, I have explained the methods and results so that the audience can see what factors influence innovation on the national level.

Presentation (2): Enhancing the capacity for workplace learning and innovation in Scotland

Less than a week after the university conference, I will be then attending a doctoral colloquium called iDocQ and you may recall that I helped organise this last year. As part of the 2017 colloquium, students are asked to present a ‘one minute madness’ presentation. I am not preparing this in full in advance so that it is spontaneous, but I have had to prepare a slide so that the audience know who I am and what my research is about.conf 2

Presentation (3): The application of Social Cognitive Theory in Information Science research on workplace learning and innovative work behaviour

This year, iDocQ is part of a larger conference – information: interactions and impact (i3). The conference delegates will witness me present my first fully fledged academic talk. This presentation was accepted as a full paper so I will be talking for 30-40 minutes on my theoretical framework. My presentation will focus on the application of my theoretical framework to both information science and my own doctoral study, something quite rare in information science (as you will see form my talk). You can find the abstract for my talk here so that you can take a look and see what I will be talking about. I am in the process of putting the final edits to my presentation slides and when these are complete, they will be made available by my SlideShare account.

I will report back at a later date as to how each of the presentations went!

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A busy period in the PhD…

The past few weeks have been very busy. I have taken some time off and then have ploughed straight into training and data collection, which means I have not had a lot of free time to blog!conf SGSSS

I returned form leave and attended the Edinburgh Local Grad School training. This aimed to help students develop transferable skills in the PhD where opportunities to do so are often lacking. We did a lot of activities that focused on communication, problem solving and also developing Communities of Practice within the Scotland-based PhD community. I felt the training was well delivered and I enjoyed most tasks, developing skills along the way. I particularly enjoyed our ice-breaker where our group had to design a widget and present this to the rest of the PhD students and tutors – Labrodrone was quite an idea!

My second lot of training was the week after that and was the SGSSS summer school. I attended this it is the ESRC that fund my research and the ESRC work with PhD students and staff to deliver training relevant to all students. My favourite two sessions of the day were: (1) cracking the conference and (2) doctoral skills as these are the two most relevant to me and my work right now. This is because I am currently preparing my presentation for my paper submitted to the i3 conference in Aberdeen. It means I am in the process of writing and preparing the first paper presentation of my PhD and it is something I am quite nervous about.

My other favourite session was the doctoral skills as this focused on concerns of a ‘second year’. This is because students are often too far in to see their progress (and wrongly measure progress on amount of work done!) but they also cannot see the finish line in sight.  AS I am 14 months in, this session was perfect me as I am just over half way there to the finish line. My favourite activity was the first one we did in class. We had to map our PhD journey as it was a mountainous climb (often lonely but such an achievement in the end) and as you can see form my picture, mine was a little rough. My journey started quite well doing literature reviews and being supported by my supervisors (you can see they are there in the picture). But the problems came with the RD5 prgression and when progress needed to be made on my secondary data analysis – something which took a long time to do!phd journey

You see, I placed myself nearly at the top of my second little mountain, but not quite at the top just yet. This is because I am just in the process of gathering data for my first case study and this has not been an easy trick. Firstly, I have has problems with arranging times for interviews and case studies and then problems getting people on board. So the main reasons why I am not at the top yet is due to the time it is taking to get my data collection done and we must not forget that second case study too (the less said about this in the blog post the better!).

There are a lot more details on my PhD journey picture but for now I will leave it up to you to decide what they mean and see if you can work it out.