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RGS-IBG Annual Conference: Creative Evaluation

During the conference you are invited to share ideas, pix, comments, links, documents and messages on the createvaluate blog – researcher Sue Challis and Quaco Cloutterbuck will be trying creative and visual research techniques throughout the week – and we’ll share any interesting data with the RGS-IBG. We’ve designed two special online surveys for Postgrads – the first on the Tuesday page of the blog – we’ll feed the results back to you ! Come and say hello in the RGS Foyer during the conference. We’re also running a couple of workshops: Wednesday Session 2 Sunley Room RGS-IBG Hands on creative research workshop – with artist & researcher Sue Challis Friday Session 2 Nightingale Room RGS-IBG Critique of creative methods + ‘how to’ online blog with social justice researcher Quaco Clouterbuck



Please find outlined below the details for PGF-ACTS on Tuesday 27th

Venue : The registration and lunch will be held at the RGS-IBG, while the event itself will be in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building (Lecture Theatre G34 and Seminar Rooms 121 and 122), Imperial College. (Map).

We will gather at the RGS-IBG from Noon on-wards and then travel together to the Sir Alexander Fleming Building. Please note you have to register at the RGS-IBG first. For full directions to RGS-IBG, including public transport connections, please visit Wwww.rgs.org/VisitUs or view WSW7 2AR on Open Street Map.


Time Session title Further information
Midday to 12.50pm Registration and lunch Registration open for all conference delegates at the RGS-IBG, with lunch available for those attending PGF-ACTS, before walking to Imperial College (5min) for PGF-ACTS event.
1pm Opening Comments Sophie Yarker, Chair of the PG Forum and Jonathan Rigg, Chair of Conference
1:15 to 2:30pm Publishing strategies A workshop on publishing strategies during and after a PhD.

Contributors: Professor Klaus Dodds (Editor, The Geographical Journal) and Dr Madeleine Hatfield (Managing Editor, Journals, RGS-IBG).

2:30 to 3:30pm Word Café: Shared experiences Friendly discussion and networking opportunity, using World Café format.  Early-career researchers will be on hand to provide advice and information on a range of topics.

Contributors include: Teaching and learning – Prof.  Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University); Creative Research Methods – Dr Libby Straughan (University of Glasgow); Online presence and work beyond the academy – Dr Hilary Geoghegan (University College London); Starting off on a research/academic career – Dr Paul Simpson (Plymouth University); Research Funding – Dr Sarah Mills (Loughborough University); Academic job applications – Dr Sara Fregonese (University of Birmingham); Writing, getting published and collaborating – Dr Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway); Creative Evaluation – Sue Challis (Community Arts Worker)

3:30 to 4:00pm Tea/coffee break  
4:00 to 5:15pm Transferable skills from a PhD: getting the job A panel discussion and Q&A session about identifying and exploiting the transferable skills acquired in the course of a PhD, and how they match the changing job markets inside and outside academia.

Panellists: Professor Bruce Braun (University of Minnesota); Professor Nina Laurie (Newcastle University); Kate Amis (Education and employment consultant).

5:15 to
c. 5:30pm
Closing remarks and evaluation  
Arrive for 6pm Walk back to the RGS-IBG for the conference opening plenary session and drinks reception.  

Social Media 

Stay in contact during the conference:  @PGF_RGSIBG   #RGSIBG13


If you have any general questions relating to the event please feel free to contact me. For any questions regarding registration, payments and the rest of the conference please email  AC2013@rgs.org.

Postgraduate Training Symposium at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Postgraduate delegates are invited to attend a training and networking symposium on Tuesday 27 August 2013 (the day before the Annual Conference begins), hosted and subsidised by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum.

PGF-ACTS is organised jointly by the PGF and the RGS-IBG to provide a training and networking opportunity for postgraduates attending the RGS-IBG Annual Conference. As it is held the day prior to the start of the Annual International Conference, it also provides an opportunity for postgraduates to get to know other delegates and the conference venue before the start of the full conference.

Workshops, panel discussions and opportunities for Q&A, led by established professional geographers and other experts, will enable postgraduates to develop transferable skills, whilst also enriching the experience and value of attending the conference.


The symposium will run from approximately 1.00pm to 6.00pm on Tuesday 27 August 2013.

A full programme will be published shortly, but the symposium will include:

  • A workshop on publishing strategies will explore elements such as: splitting a PhD into a series of journal articles, getting networked for/with academics, and getting your name recognised in the post-doc market
  • A workshop on the identification and use of the transferable skills from a PhD and how they match to the graduate job market inside and outside academia
  • A facilitated World Cafe networking session to share experiences on topics such as social media, job applications, research methods, dissemination and getting your research out beyond academia


The cost of the symposium is £15 (in addition to the conference registration fee), which includes lunch on arrival and an evening drinks reception on Tuesday 27 August 2013.

Due to high demand, attendance is limited to those postgraduates who are attending the conference. To register, please add the ‘PGF-ACTS – Postgraduate Forum Annual Conference Training Symposium’ session option when you register for conference. For more information about registering, please refer to the registration page.