Lecture and Workshop with Jorge Cham Creator of PhD Comics

Picture1Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics is visiting the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 27th March 2018 to deliver a lecture and workshop:

Finding Humour in Academia Lecture

Tuesday 27th March 2018 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is also the co-founder of PhD TV, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids from disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles. In this lecture, Jorge Cham will recount his experiences of bringing humour into the lives of millions of stressed out academics and will share stories from his travels to over 300 universities and research centres in the US and across the world. Thought-provoking yet humorous, Jorge Cham’s talks examine the source of academics’ anxieties, explore the myth of procrastination, and help academics figure out how to convey what they’ve learned to the outside world. There will also be a Q&A and book signing after the talk. More information and booking here

Communicating your Research Workshop

Tuesday 27th March 2018 (3.00pm – 5.00pm)

Now, more than ever, it is important that scientists and academics speak passionately and accessibly to the public about how and why they do research. For faculty and staff, it is a critical part of justifying their funding. For graduate students and postdocs, it is a key transferable skill that will prepare them for future careers. In this 2-hour workshop, Jorge Cham (creator of PHD Comics) relays his experiences creating successful science communication projects (videos and comics that have been viewed by millions of people and a book release from Penguin Random House) and helps participants discover the skills they need to communicate clearly with a broader audience. Participants will also create a 1-2 minute video that explains a complex topic to a general audience. More information and booking here



How to Design an Effective Conference Poster Workshop

How to Design an Effective Conference Poster Workshop 14/3/18

In research we are often called upon to present our work in the form of a poster at a conference. The design and layout of these posters is important, if we are to show our work in the best possible light. Many posters are, however, poorly thought out and badly designed. This workshop, using a series of short presentations and practical sessions will examine in detail the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters.

After the workshop each participant will:1428641_69358700

• understand the purpose of the conference poster

• be familiar with the basic rules for poster design

• understand the importance of words, pictures and flow

• know how deliver a conference poster

• have a working strategy for designing a winning poster.

Find out more here

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:


Beating Writers Block

Thursday 15th February 2018

This workshop will look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your research, your writing, your confidence and your voice.  More information and booking here

Writing a Literature Review

Tuesday 20th February 2018

This workshop will identify the Identify the key elements of a literature review and look at practical processes for writing the literature review.  More information and booking here

Academic Writing Peer Review

Wednesday 21st February 2018

The Academic Writing Peer Review workshop is tutor-led group session for academic writers who would like to get feedback on their writing from a small, supportive audience.  More information and booking here

How to be an Effective Researcher

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February 2018

This interactive and intensive 2-day course has been designed for first and second year PhD students and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. More information and booking here

How to be your own best editor

Monday 26th February 2018

This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively, and will identify the key aspects of good writing, including clarity, conciseness and flow. More information and booking here



Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student Workshop

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student Workshop – 28th February 2018

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • how you deal with your supervisor
  • how you structure your study time
  • your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research
  • dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • getting the help you need when you are stuck
  • juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify strategies for successfully working with your supervisor

2.Identify tools for effective time management

Hugh Kearns BAgSc, MEd, MMHS

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from a lecture tour of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published six books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

More information and booking here

Research, Researchers and Media – A Hands On Approach to Communicating Your Research

The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of listeners. That’s the experience we replicate on this immersive three-day course in broadcast production. For that added touch of reality, we install you in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

You also explore the newsgathering process, producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and editing to tight deadlines.

And, from fairy tales to Star Wars, what makes a great story? In a workshop on narrative, we will uncover the essence of compelling storytelling and how to apply it to your own research.

Whether in the humanities, the arts or sciences, communicating your research matters. In this workshop we explore how to formulate your messages in ways that are relevant, fresh and engaging for diverse non-specialist audiences. This is not a straight media training course. We aim to go deeper than that by critiquing the processes by which ideas pass from academia to the living room. We cast you as the journalists, programme-makers and exhibition designers, bringing you face to face with the practises and pitfalls of the mass media.

There is a strong emphasis on group work, requiring an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in. There is a significant distance-learning element to the course three weeks before you arrive. Think carefully before signing up to this workshop. You will be required to complete around five hours worth of pre-planning online. This will be in a group structure meaning that it will not be possible to opt out of the course once the pre-workshop tuition is underway.k6789970

Aims and Objectives:

• to give a first hand insight into how the media works

• to practise media techniques like interviewing, scriptwriting and editing

• to acquire a renewed, savvy attitude to the media and wider engagement

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. To identify and engage with media techniques such as interviewing, scriptwriting and editing

2. To identify the various ways in which those in the research community engage with the public

The course leader is Gareth Mitchell of Imperial College London and BBC Radio.

 Pre-course work

In the weeks leading up to the course, participants will be expected to collaborate online, preparing for the radio session at the BBC. With help from the course leader, tasks will involve programme planning, script writing and basic journalistic research. The involvement expected will amount to about five hours per delegate during the pre-course phase.

This workshop will run on Thursday 19th April and Friday 20th April from 9.30am – 5.30pm in St Leonard’s Hall, Pollock Halls, and on Saturday 21st April from approximately 10am – 1pm at the BBC Studios in Glasgow. For more information see here