UBEL DTP Winter Conference 7 December 2017
The inaugural UBEL DTP Winter Conference was held on the 7 December 2017 at Birkbeck Clore Management Centre.
Students from the UBEL DTP, the precursor UCL and Bloomsbury DTCs, and the Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research, were invited to take the opportunity to showcase their research.
DTP Director Prof. Andy Tolmie opened proceedings with a short welcome before chairing the first of three sessions. Throughout the day, 16 students each gave 15 minute presentations on a wide range of subjects that highlighted the impressive scope and sophistication of social science research being undertaken across the UBEL DTP.
Each talk was followed by a short Q&A, which allowed students an opportunity to further quiz their colleagues on their methodology and findings, opening up their research for comment, suggestions and ideas of how to tackle some of the queries and obstacles their investigations were producing. It was also a good opportunity for some of our newer students to brush up on their presenting skills to a larger audience.
The day closed with a drinks reception.
For further information on the presentations see the Abstract Book below.
The UBEL DTP once again thank our volunteer speakers for putting themselves forward to make the day as interesting and exciting as it was -– a point that was commented on particularly by the Chair of the DTP’s Stakeholder Group, Angela Penrose, who was in attendance for the whole event. We look forward to our next conference and hopefully hearing how our 16 presenters have fared over the coming year!
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Participants were welcomed by Prof. Andy Tolmie, Bloomsbury & UCL DTC Director, who introduced Prof. Jane Elliot, Chief Executive ESRC who spoke on the role of ESRC in supporting UK social science activity and the ways in which it tried to fulfil that role.
The keynote address was presented by Prof Alissa Goodman, Economist and Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL IoE. Prof. Goodman spoke about Birth Cohort Studies and how data collected in early life is being used to address some of the major social and policy questions of our time. The UK is home to some of the longest running longitudinal studies, which have been crucial in illustrating how childhood experience impacts later on in life. Birth cohort studies have been instrumental in informing on social policy in a variety of areas, including breastfeeding and obesity interventions, and thinking on children’s school starting dates.
Workshop sessions held in the afternoon of Day 1 focussed on building practical skills for research students including topics on how to beat writers block, build peer networks, and how to disseminate information to non-academic audiences. The ESRC and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology also ran a workshop on how to increase chances of research being relevant to public policy.
Building on the keynote address, students on Day 2 participated in a workshop on how to make good use of longitudinal data, while other sessions focussed on writing, the use of social media and how to make the best of conference participation.
Students were encouraged to network during breaks, and at the end of Day 1, were invited to Mary Ward House for a buffet dinner and drinks and to hear about opportunities taken by fellow student recipients of Overseas Institutional Visits from the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Students were invited to participate in the ‘Poster on a Postcard’ competition. Like the three minute thesis, ‘poster on a postcard’ invited
participants to share their research and vote for their favourites.
Exhibitors throughout the session included ESRC, the National Centre for Research Methods, CLOSER, and the Graduate Journal of Social Science.