Conferences at their best! Tips from our Social Sciences Correspondent

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I’ll say it at the outset: I LOVE conferences!  This might be because I’m inherently nosy, so I’m always fascinated to learn about what other researchers in my field have been up to.  Equally, it might be because I do love a day (or several days) out of the office, and I get to visit new cities – or even new countries – in the process.  … [Read more...]

Early career researchers: five ways to be effective in your research

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Piirus investigated ways that it can help you as an early career researcher, to boost your research. This infographic summarises five things that you can do, and which Piirus helps you to do, to maximise the effectiveness of your research.   … [Read more...]

Introducing Piirus marketing resources for you

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Help us to spread the word about Piirus. Our aim is to grow Piirus membership, so that we can support researchers. Piirus knows that the research landscape is changing. Collaboration is becoming increasingly important in research, with many grants requiring international or interdisciplinary collaborations. Digital tools are now a staple … [Read more...]

Planet Piirus, 16-22 Feb 2015, New members and scholarly collaborations sought.

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As well as blogging, we tweet regularly. We often tweet about which institutions researchers joining Piirus are coming from, and the collaborations that they are seeking.     See our collated summary of what happened on Piirus in one week, on Storify: "Planet Piirus, 16-22 Feb 2015". Visit Piirus to create a … [Read more...]

Digital academic workshop: 23 March 2015, Coventry

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Piirus and Jobs.ac.uk are joint hosts of a forthcoming half day event on the theme of the digital academic. The event is currently open for registration. We're very much looking forward to meeting the speakers in person: Inger Mewburn (AKA The Thesis Whisperer), Andy Tattersall and Nadine Muller. And of course we're eager to learn about … [Read more...]

Piirus Pioneers – a growing global community of researchers

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Who are the Piirus Pioneers? 73 Pioneers, from 33 different countries, across 6 continents - the essence of Piirus – demonstrating how we create connections and cross boundaries. The Pioneers are all current researchers using Piirus who are helping us to spread the word about Piirus among their colleagues and grow Piirus in their … [Read more...]

All kinds of conferences: A Brief Typology from our Arts & Humanities Correspondent

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Academic conferences in Arts and Humanities come, as it were, in all colors, shapes, and sizes, from small meetings by invitation to grand international affairs. This post takes a look at some of those types, and I give some examples of conferences that I rate highly. The large conference, also known as a congress. Conferences in my … [Read more...]

Planet Piirus, 6-15 Feb 2015. New members and scholarly collaborations sought.

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As well as blogging, we tweet regularly about new members and collaborations sought on Piirus. See our collated summary of tweets and blogs over the past week, on Storify: ‘Planet Piirus, 6-15 Feb 2015‘. Visit Piirus to create a quick profile and see if you can make connections with others.  Maybe there will be a research … [Read more...]

Guest post: Abigail Mottershaw shares lessons on impact & online presence for academics

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From the editor: many thanks to Abigail Mottershaw for writing about these highlights from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) First Year Student Conference, 2015 This year I started my PhD in behavioural genetics at the University of Warwick using the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) data. My research explores the … [Read more...]

Introducing Rense Nieuwenhuis, Piirus Pioneer

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Piirus Pioneers are all current researchers who are members of Piirus and are helping to grow Piirus amongst their peers. Our earlier blog post describes Piirus Pioneers. Here,one of our Pioneers describes his research. My current research I am a sociologist studying how the interaction between social policies and demographic … [Read more...]

Please Take My Business Card . . . making connections at conferences

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Picture the scene: You are in a hot and loud conference poster session, enjoying the free wine a nibbles whilst discussing a research area with peers from other institutions. You are there to make research connections with the leaders in the field. You get deep into conversation with one researcher from Yale, with similar opinions but … [Read more...]

Planet Piirus, 2-8 Feb 2015

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As well as blogging, we tweet regularly.  This week, we've been tweeting about blogging! See our collated summary of tweets and blogs over the past week, on Storify: 'Planet Piirus, 2-8 Feb 2015'. Visit Piirus to create a quick profile and see if you can make connections with others.  Maybe there will be a research collaboration … [Read more...]

Introducing Arun Verma, Piirus Pioneer

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Piirus Pioneers are all current researchers who are members of Piirus and are helping to grow Piirus amongst their peers. Our earlier blog post describes Piirus Pioneers. Here, one of our Pioneers describes his research. My current research My current research is based within social psychology and is exploring how gender and other … [Read more...]