The Postgraduate Forum Annual Conference Training Symposium (PGF-ACTS) is jointly organised by the RGS-IBG and the Postgraduate Forum. Launched in 2011 it provides a training and networking opportunity for postgraduates attending the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference.

Gavin Bridge Critical Reading Workshop

Held the day before the Annual International Conference, it provides an opportunity for postgraduates to get to know other delegates and the conference venue before the start of the full conference.

Disseminating your research workshop

The workshops, panel discussions and opportunities for questions and answers, led by established professional geographers, and other experts, enable postgraduates to develop transferable skills whilst also enriching the conference experience.

The programme for 2016 has been confirmed, take a check it out and book for the event here

Still undecided? Read a review of the 2015 event here.


What previous attendees have said…

Llinos Brown, University of Central Lancashire

1237513_10152060951719001_1187924706_n (3)“PGF-ACTS is a training day held the day before the annual conference. It provides postgraduates with various training sessions which will help them during various stages of the PhD process. In the past it has held sessions such as publishing, networking, getting the most of of conferences and disseminating your research. I see the purpose of PGF-ACTS as not just a training day, but an opportunity for postgraduates to network, and develop a group of ‘conference friends’ who will provide support during the conference, or simply someone to eat lunch/go for dinner with. It is also a great chance for postgraduates to connect with and ask questions to established academics who are still connected with the PGF (the people who present/run workshops)”

Will Andrews, Aberystwyth University

Will_Andrews_Bio_image“PGF-ACTS works as an informal training day in which interesting, current and intellectually stimulating geographical debates are explored, particularly those which are key to current postgraduate students. However being held the day before the annual conference means that it also acts as an informal welcome event for postgraduate students to the RGS-IBG conference experience. In this way it affords a friendly atmosphere in which to network, discuss ideas and see which sessions others plan to attend. Attending a conference for the first time as a postgraduate can seem like a daunting step but PGF-ACTS is a brilliant way to ease this transition”