Science PGRS Joint Presentation Mar11


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Science PGRS Joint Presentation Mar11

  1. 1. Nuts & Bolts of Research 23rd March 2011Surviving and shiningthrough your PhD Anne(and the first year is a good time to start) (EES)Speakers:• Anne Forbes (Earth and Environmental Sciences) Alejandro• Miguel Alejandro Lopez-Ramirez (Life Science) (Life)• Ben Rozitis (PSSRI)Facilitators: Ben• Sunitha Pangala (Earth and Environmental Sciences)• Sebastien Mitea (Physics & Astronomy) (PSSRI)
  2. 2. Outline• Conferences• Networking• Literature• Funding• Presentation and publication skills• Internship/summer school/residential schools• General topics
  3. 3. Conferences• EGU• AGU• smaller national conferences (e.g. VMSG, MSG) Anne (EES)
  4. 4. ConferencesLooking for a travel grant?• for an outstanding meeting & course?• EMBO• Wellcome trust• Nobel prize, Vision 2020• Cold Spring Harbor meetings & course• Gordon Research conferences• IBRO• Society for Neuroscience Alejandro (Life)
  5. 5. ConferencesNATIONAL• UKPF Early Career Scientists Meeting (• RAS National Astronomy Meeting (• European Planetary Science Congress ( Ben• Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (PSSRI ) (• International Astronautical Congress (
  6. 6. Networking• Really useful for help with your project and getting a job!• Get your supervisor (or someone else) to introduce you at conferences to people whose work you’re interested in. Anne (EES)
  7. 7. Networking• Meeting & course• Seminars in your department “be open to new ideas”• Supervisor’s collaborators• Your colleagues in your university Alejandro (Life)
  8. 8. NetworkingIMPORTANCE• Stimulates new research ideas• Creates access to additional expertise and resources• Helps you find a job!WAYS OF DOING IT• Conference dinners/events• Poster sessions (especially those that provide free alcohol) Ben (PSSRI• Workshops )
  9. 9. Literature• Don’t read every paper thoroughly from beginning to end – it’s a waste of time.• Use endnote or similar from the beginning.• Try a few different search engines (e.g. ISI Web of Knowledge, Google scholar, Scopus). Anne (EES)
  10. 10. LiteratureHow can I identify good literature?•• Impact factor link:• Use of EndNote, Reference Manager or RefWorks Alejandro (Life)
  11. 11. Literature• Use NASA ADS to find literature (• Use RefWorks to create bibliography (• Tips on literature search • Find the beginning and work forward • Check references and citations • Note and search for frequent authors Ben (PSSRI • Read at least the abstract and conclusion sections )
  12. 12. Funding• Grants for field and lab work. Emergency grants (e.g. to go to erupting volcanoes).• Geological society of London (you don’t have to be a member to apply).• Royal Geographical Society.• Look on & and set up funding alerts.• There are funds for younger people (e.g. under 30) and funds for women.• Make sure you are clear about why the work is important when you apply.• Remember that a specialist won’t necessarily read Anne your work. (EES)• Funds are often trusts so will not disappear even in• the current economic climate
  13. 13. Funding• Annual applications by societies• Pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology industry• Organizations (IBRO) Alejandro (Life)
  14. 14. FundingSmall Grants (e.g. Travel Bursaries, ExperimentalEquipment, Etc.)• Conference organisers• CEPSAR• Royal Astronomical Society ( Grants (e.g. Projects)• OUs Dragons Den• ESA Education Ben (PSSRI ( )Big Grants (e.g. Postdocs)• ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science (
  15. 15. Presentation andpublication skills• Get together with PhD students in your year and present talks on anything!• Be clear about target audience and journal before you start writing. Changing your work for a different journal can be a pain.• Your supervisor will probably know best here! Anne (EES)
  16. 16. Presentation andpublication skills• OU courses• Attending conferences• Listening feedback from your supervisors and colleagues• Make it better!!! improve it all the time Alejandro (Life)
  17. 17. Presentation andpublication skillsA good presentation is:• Concise and simple• Not rushed• Engaging and/or humorousChoosing a suitable journal for publication - key factors:• Topics covered / Audience Ben• Impact factor (i.e. citation count) (PSSRI• Processing time (i.e. time from submission to ) publication)• Number of referees
  18. 18. Internship/summer school/residential schools• Vitae courses – very good and free if research council funded. Look them up!• Teaching on summer residential schools is good experience. Anne (EES)
  19. 19. Internship/summer school/residential schools• Summer School Alpbach (• NASA Summer Schools • Several each year at different sites and on different topics • Not all summer schools ran by NASA accept foreign nationals• International Space University: Space Studies Ben Program ( (PSSRI )
  20. 20. General topics• If you have to go on fieldwork your probation report and viva may have to be done before hand.• Keep track of your own budget and what you spend – it will not be done for you. Anne (EES)
  21. 21. General topics• Glimpse of probation process and writing up• PhD progress (difference between lab/non lab based)• Completing project in 3 years – stress level• Budget breakdown• Requesting audience to take initiative to identify the research skills required, explore if a workshop already exists, if not get together and organise/tailor the workshop to your needs Ben (PSSRI )
  22. 22. Let’s thank the speakers Ben Anne (P SSRI) (EES) Al e j a n d ro (Life)