Research Staff Conference 2019

Wednesday, 8th May 2019 at 1:00pm
Kelvin Hall Conference Centre

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The launch of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers.  What does a Concordat mean for me?  Elizabeth Adams, Research & Innovation Service

How do we make Glasgow the best place to develop your career? Miles Padgett, Vice Principal (Research)



A1. Research impact   Bhoomi Gor & Zara Gladman, Research & Innovation Service, Craig Donnachie, Institute of Health & Wellbeing and Heather McLean, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences

A2. Research Culture  Tanita Casci, Office of the Vice Principals and Lilach Sheiner, III NERDS

A3. Why you should make preprints part of your publication strategy  Sam Oakley, Research & Innovation Service, Paul Cannon, Mary Donaldson & Lynn Irvine, The Library and Holly Scott, School of Psychology


15.00      Tea-break and stalls



B1. Getting a Good Night’s Sleep  Maria Gardani, School of Psychology

B2. Being entrepreneurial in your career Claudia Cavalluzzo, Converge Challenge and Adam Majumdar, Research & Innovation Services

B3. Responding to Peer review comments  Barbara Mable and Neil Metcalfe, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine 

16.20  Networking and drinks reception



A1.  Community engagement – a pathway to research impact

Engaging the community with your research in a well-planned and meaningful way can help you achieve research impact and further grow and co-develop your research. In this panel session early career researchers will share their experience of doing community engagement with their research. Alongside the University’s Public & Community Engagement Advisor (Zara Gladman) our ECR guest speakers Craig and Heather will offer practical tips to better plan and evaluate this type of engagement. We will be encouraging questions from the audience as part of the discussion. Please feel free to send questions in advance to


A2.  Research Culture 

We want Glasgow to be the place where good researchers want to come (and stay!) to do excellent research. We have introduced a raft of measures to support a positive and progressive research culture, including training, support staff, research integrity advisors, IT innovations and new policies…and have embedded our values in our promotions criteria. However, all of this work is meaningless if it doesn’t change what is felt on the ground. Tanita Casci will talk through recent developments and future plans, providing opportunities for feedback and questions from researchers.  Lilach Sheiner will talk from the perspective of the ECR group III NERDS about actions they’ve taken locally to embed a positive culture for ECRs and PGRs.


A3. Why you should make preprints part of your publication strategy

Will preprints be the future of academic publishing? Whilst some subjects have worked this way for many years (arXiv), recently there has been a proliferation of preprint servers for all subject areas. We invite you to post your working papers online and enjoy the benefits of early, open publication! Holly Scott (Psychology) will share how she has used preprints as part of an open research approach and the benefits this brought in promoting her work more widely as a researcher. There will be an opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities of posting preprints, with experts on hand to answer your questions and concerns about all aspects of open research.


B1.  Struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

New city, new routine, paper-writing, job-hunting, supervising students, anxiety...
There are lots of reasons why, as a research student, you might be experiencing difficulties with either getting to sleep or staying asleep. In this session, participants will learn about the science behind sleep, as well as practical strategies for overcoming common problems. This workshop will be led by Dr Maria Gardani, lecturer in the School of Psychology and researcher in the field of sleep disturbances.


B2. Being entrepreneurial in your career

Claudia Cavalluzzo is Director of Converge Challenge, Scotland’s leading company creation programme for students and academic staff.  Claudia will present on her own entrepreneurial journey, which started with a PhD in organic chemistry, leading to the Saltire Fellowship and then going on to support hundreds of spin-outs and start-ups by turning their vision and creativity into realistic business propositions.  She will reflect on ways in which an entrepreneurial mind-set, can help identify and seize opportunities to shape one’s career path.  Adam Majumdar will present on practical avenues of support and advice for UofG staff wishing to explore research commercialisation or entrepreneurial activity.


B3.  Responding to peer reviewer comments

This interactive session will consider how to deal with reviewer criticisms of publications, grant or Fellowship applications.  It will consider the various situations which might arise and how you can formulate a robust response, including at the interview stage for Fellowships. This session is primarily aimed at researchers in the sciences. 

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Starts: Wednesday, May 8th 2019 at 1:00pm
Ends: 5:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: May 8th 2019


Kelvin Hall Conference Centre
Dumbarton Road
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