Citizen Science with mobile apps – from desk to the field in 10 minutes

 – Addy Pope (ESRI)
 Citizen science and collaborative science needn’t be complicated or involve bespoke apps. This workshop will show you how you can use esri’s Survey123 app to design a project and get it to your “crowd” in about 10 minutes. We will then look at how simple managing the data from users and sharing the results back to them can be. No coding, no development. Just ArcGIS Online and Survey123.

Making conference posters more interesting and interactive with Story Maps

 – Addy Pope (ESRI)
 Ever been to a conference poster session and screwed your eyes up trying to extract information from a tiny map, graph or screen shot of a video?  Conference posters seem to have avoided evolution for probably 20 years. In this workshop we will show you how to breathe life into your poster while keeping within the submission requirements. We will show you how to create an interactive Story Map to support your poster which can then be launched using a QR code and viewed on any browser.

Publishing in Geography

 – Dr Fiona Nash (RGS)
The RGS-IBG Publishing in Geography workshop is a fantastic opportunity for new and enthusiastic researchers to explore and learn more about publishing your ideas and research. This session focuses on three core areas of publishing, an essential part of academic life, they are as follows:

  • Why publish? – Publishing is a crucial, but sometimes daunting and unexplained, part of academic life. This section will explore some of motives for publishing your research and the opportunities this presents.
  • Publishing strategies – Should you publish a book chapter or a journal article? In a ‘high impact’ or a specialist sub-disciplinary journal? Should publish as part of a special issue or as a stand-alone paper? This workshop will explore the some of the different publishing options available to you and the importance of thinking strategically about how and where to publish.
  • Submitting a journal article, what happens next? This section of the workshop will cover the ‘black box’ experience after you have submitted to an academic journal. It will  provide a sense of what to expect from the peer review process, the time-frames involves, the sorts of decisions you might receive, and advice on how to respond to the comments

This workshop will provide an opportunity for a group exercise, working collectively to analyse anonymised example reviewer reports, and decision letters, and to explore strategies for responding to them.

From Majors to Minors: Proofing your thesis to minimise amendments

 – Dr Bertie Dockerill (University of Liverpool)
 Preparing your thesis for final submission requires attention to detail and an ability to step back from your work and view it critically. Overfamiliarity with the work – because you have been working on it for at least three years – can mean that errors are more likely to be missed. This is therefore quite different from when you proofread your essays at undergraduate level. Additionally, proofreading at a number of points throughout the compilation of the thesis can give you greater objectivity.Using examples of real PhD theses recently submitted to an array of UK universities, this is an interactive workshop that aims to highlight common errors, address issues specific to footnotes and Harvard, and develop your skills at using Word to apply consistency to the formatting of your work. This is not a Word workshop or a grammar lesson; nevertheless, aspects of both are relevant if you are to maximise your chances of a painless viva.

A copy-editor and proofreader with nine years’ experience of correcting up to 2 million words per annum for academic books, journals, and theses, Bertie is the Editorial Assistant of Town Planning Review, a copy editor for AESOP, and a co-opted member of two other editorial boards.

In addition to being given tips for minimising errors in your thesis participants in the workshop  will be given actual scripts to review to hone your skills so that the lessons learnt can then be applied to your work.

 Troubleshooting Qualitative Research

 – Dr Kate Moles (Cardiff University)
 A practical discussion based workshop on common mistakes in qualitative research and how to avoid them. Through the use of case studies we will examine some of the problems that can occur in the design, implementation, and data analysis stages of qualitative research and discuss how these issues could be avoided. Participants are invited to bring any questions about future research or issues they are currently facing for discussion with the group.

Mobile Methods

 – Dr Justin Spinney (Cardiff University)
This workshop introduces participants to mobile methods which might be usefully added to existing research designs in order to produce and elicit data ‘on the move’. The workshop will consider the ways in which data might be produced, analysed and represented and will consider technical issues that may be encountered in a mobile research project. The workshop specialises in  measuring sensory experiences of moving research subjects, using GPS and video to represent aspects of mobile practices, such as urban cycling and interactions with various road users. Justin uses mobile methods to better understand how sensory and affective capacities, such as anxiety and comfort, are produced through a life-time, gender, ethnicity and geography and how they relate to mobile practices and design.

Engagement and Impact during your PhD

 – Sarah Evans (Engagement Officer, Cardiff University)
PhD students are increasingly required to gain experience of engagement during their research. Those who have involved stakeholders throughout the research lifecycle tend to generate more impact and become highly marketable in today’s Higher Education employment landscape. Engaging with a non-academic audience is also one of the best ways to develop your confidence of speaking about your research, but it can often be a daunting prospect. This workshop offers some advice and suggestions on how to take the first steps in engagement during your PhD. It will cover:

  • Why is engagement important for your PhD?
  • How you can engage throughout the research lifecycle.
  •  Advice and ideas for generating impact from your engagement.

Critical thinking: the use, misuse and abuse of statistics in the media

 – Dr Honor Young (Cardiff University)
This session will introduce you to the use of data and statistics in media reports. It will get you thinking about what you might see and read in the news and provide an introduction to heightening your awareness when writing and critically consuming information. Participants are invited to bring any questions or problems they are currently facing for discussion with the group.