UCL Faculty of Laws


Upcoming PhD event: 'Roles and Responsibilities of Academics Today'

13 June 2018

Evening workshop and social opportunity for PhD students to learn about demonstrating impact from their research, and about translating specialized research to a non-expert audience

PhD space in UCL Faculty of Laws

PhD students who want to make their research more relevant and impactful to global challenges are invited to attend an evening talk and workshop on the roles and responsibilities of academics today.

The event, called 'Trending Academia: Roles and Responsibilities of Academics Today', will take place Thursday 21st June, 5-7pm at Daryll Forde Seminar Room in UCL Anthropology (14 Taviton Street), followed by a drinks reception.

Academics in all disciplines have a commitment to demonstrate significant 'impact' from their research as well as extra-academic applicability and relevance. In practice, however, researchers lack the opportunities and skills to translate their often highly-specialized research to a non-expert audience and to topics of wider global relevance. 

The short evening talk-and-meet aims to connect academic research to applications of global significance – from political events to policy decisions, environmental issues, technological and cultural innovations. The evening will feature talks by renowned academics: 

  • Professor Virginia Mantouvalou, Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, and recipient of the 2017 UCL Provost Award for Public Engagement;
  • Professor Hugh Starkey, co-founder of the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC); and 
  • Dr Jerome Lewis, co-director of the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group (ExCiteS) and the Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability. 

Research students will be able to ask practical questions on finding real-life applications of their research (however abstract or theoretical!) and tips on how to disseminate their research data to a non-academic audience. 

As this is a UCL Doctoral Skills- funded event, please sign up through the UCL Doctoral Skills centre.

Please contact pauline.destree.10@ucl.ac.uk to express interest or for more details.

This activity is a Researcher-Led Initiative that has been funded by the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme. 

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