CDE hosted a Research Communication Retreat (ResCom22) in May 2022 in the beautiful location of Ammerdown, Somerset, providing the perfect environment to enable uninterrupted creative thinking, sharing and learning.
28 PGRs attended from 4 universities bringing together our sister EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centres (CDE & Intel PA Bournemouth University, CDE University of Bath, IGGI -Intelligent Games & Games Intelligence, University of York and MAT-Media and Arts Technology, Queen Mary University London).
The ability to break down complex information for a range of audiences is a key skill to develop during a doctorate. The aim of the retreat was to give PGRs an opportunity to develop and practice the communication skills needed as effective researchers.
Facilitators: Prof Peter Hall, Dr Ian Stephenson, Charlie Vernon, Matthew Oaten
The ResCom kicked off with a workshop from Charlie Vernon, a leading speaker coach and presentation skills expert working with a wide range of UK-based and international clients, including some of the world’s leading global tech companies and many of the UK’s leading business schools and universities. Prior to her coaching, Charlie worked in broadcasting for over ten years and most recently has provided coaching to speakers ahead of global conferences, working with teams and individuals to provide them with the skills required to effectively communicate and present with true confidence. The PGRs were able to practice their presentation skills in a spotlight showcase, each PGR had just one minute to present their research in a clear and concise way. We also took on the challenge to showcase the ResCom in less than one minute. Take a look!
Day two welcomed a full-day workshop on creating effective academic posters. This session was hosted by Prof Peter Hall-University of Bath and our very own Dr Ian Stephenson-BU. The culmination of the workshop was a PGR poster exhibition, enabling everyone to receive feedback on their posters to help develop their poster creation skills even further.
For the final day of the ResCom, we welcomed Matthew Oaten as host to the research image workshop. Matthew began his career working with the photographer Rankin, and spent the past 12 years working on high-end feature films and TV commercials, with top photographers and directors.
But it was not all work for the PGRs. They had the opportunity to explore the surroundings of Ammerdown and had great board game fun socialising in the evenings. Everyone loved the opportunity to network across universities with like-minded PGRs.
It really was a pleasure to host such a lovely event and we hope to be able to arrange more similar activities in the near future. Thank you to everyone to helped make it a success!
Francesca Migliaccio (CDE Bath), Zoe Leonard (CDE BU), Sarah Parry (CDE Centre Manager Bath), Tracy Dancer (IGGI Manager), Jonathan Winfield (Manager MAT), Prof Peter Hall (Co-Director CDE Bath), Dr Ian Stephenson (Digital Effects Programme Leader BU), Dr Mike Board (CDE Project Manager BU).