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How to be a Successful Researcher in the 21st Century

How to be a Successful Researcher in the 21st Century – Event

Friday 31st March 2017, 12pm – 7pm
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Room 1.22
For more information and to register attendance, please visit the Eventbrite.
Attendance is free and includes lunch.

Open research is much more than open access. It is about making all aspects of the research process open to all possible interested parties. It involves innovative approaches to communicating results and sharing outputs. It is about accessibility, inclusivity, citizen science, public engagement, radical transparency, reproducibility, data sharing, social media and more.

Supported by the British Academy, this event aims to inspire and educate researchers across all disciplines on how to benefit from opening up their research. Attendance is free and includes lunch.

This prestigious British Academy Event features a number of key experts (from across the disciplines) in the field of open research and impact:

Caspar Addyman, Goldsmiths – ‘Open Research for Academics’

A psychologist who studies learning in babies, Caspar has a strong belief in open methodologies and citizen science. He makes all his analysis and data available open source.

His Baby Laughter project asked parents all over the world to share field reports on their laughing babies. His novel Help Yourself (2013) is free with a creative commons licence. His new book The Laughing Baby is being crowdfunded by Unbound books.

Mark Carrigan, University of Warwick – ‘Social Media and Open Research: Why Researchers Need To Wrest Control from Research Managers’

Mark Carrigan is a Digital Sociologist and Social Media Consultant. He is Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Ontology at the University of Warwick and Digital Fellow at The Sociological Review.

He is the author of Social Media for Academics (Sage), a practical guide on using social media for academic purposes, effectively and intelligently, from publicising work and building networks to engaging the public with research.

Katherine Runswick-Cole, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor of Critical Disability Studies & Psychology, Katherine’s research is coproduced with disabled children, young people and adults. She is interested in how social media platforms can support dissemination and public engagement with research as well as how social media can be used to capture and to promote impact.

Katherine writes for the blogs of two ESRC-funded projects: Big Society? Disabled People with Learning Disabilities and Civil Society and Living Life to the Fullest.

Sophia Collins – ‘What Does “Radical Citizen Science” Look Like, and Why Do It?’

Founder of the Nappy Science Gang, a citizen science project funded by Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society of Chemistry which changed NHS policy.

There are many citizen science projects, like Galaxy Zoo or Fold.it, where the ‘citizens’ are basically data gatherers or processors but the scientists are still in the driver’s seat. In Nappy Science Gang, a group of mums who use reusable nappies chose their own research questions and then designed and ran their own experiments. What did we learn, what were the obstacles and what did people get out of it?

Simon Makin, Goldsmiths – ‘They Don’t Write Good and Why You Should’

Simon Makin is an ex-auditory perception researcher turned freelance science journalist specializing in neuroscience, psychology and mental health. He has written news and features for New Scientist, The Economist, Scientific American Mind, Scientific American, and Nature among other titles.

He is a member of the British Association of Science Writers, who recently awarded him a fellowship to attend the Centre for Investigative Journalism summer school at Goldsmith’s last July. Impenetrable academic writing makes his work harder than it needs to be.