Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Researcher Realities

Researcher Realities was a 1-day online event that features 4 sessions in relation to researcher careers, funding, interdisciplinary collaborations, and being a PI.

Researchers of different career stages will be sharing their career journeys and experiences with the aim to create more visibility for the complexities and realities of researchers’ daily work beyond outputs.

Programme - Tuesday 30th May 2023

SESSION 1 RESEARCHER CAREER JOURNEYS
TIME 09:20 - 11:00     
DESCRIPTION Researcher careers allow you to take a deep dive into topics, sources, methodologies, and challenges that interest you. It takes a lot of self-motivation, with chances to gain international experiences and collaborate with others to create new knowledge and find solutions. Such career paths can be challenging in terms of personal circumstances, work stability, progression pathways, and recognition. This session offers the opportunity to gain insight into the different paths researcher careers can take and what questions, motivations and challenges are informing researcher career journeys
SPEAKERS
  • Dr Eilidh Garrett (Senior Researcher, University of Edinburgh / Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research)  

  • Dr Annie Irvine (Postdoctoral Research Associate, ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, King’s College London) 

  • Dr Cecile Menard (Research Associate, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)  

  • Dr Andrew Schurer (Chancellor’s Fellow, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) 

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SESSION 2 JOURNEYS TO FUNDING
TIME 11:30 - 13:00
DESCRIPTION Research projects – whether small or large scale – always require financial support, whether that relates to researchers’ salaries, recruitment of research associates and postgraduate researchers, accessing archival resources, field work, acquisition of equipment, bringing together collaborators, national and international networking, involvement of partner organisations, organisation of events, and impact activities or co-creation of research with creative practitioners. This session offers insights into different journeys to obtain research funding.   
SPEAKERS
  • Prof Michelle Keown (Chair in Postcolonial Literatures, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh)  

  • Dr Sandy Hetherington (UKRI FLF, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh)  

  • Dr Fergus Cullen (Reader in Galaxy Evolution, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh) 

  • Dr Annemarie Docherty (Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow, Usher Institute, CMVM, University of Edinburgh)

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SESSION 3 INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS 
TIME 14:00 - 15:30  
DESCRIPTION Interdisciplinary research is highly valued by funders and often a necessary approach to tackling global challenges. In practice, it comes with its own challenges in overcoming institutional infrastructures, finding the right collaborators, and combining research methods with the aim to find answers to a set of co-created research questions. This session puts the focus on how to get interdisciplinary collaborations off the ground.     
SPEAKERS
  • Dr Chiara Bonacchi (Chancellor’s Fellow, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh)  

  • Prof Catherine Lyall (Professor of Science and Public Policy, University of Edinburgh) 

  • Dr Adrian Muwonge (Chancellor’s Fellow, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh) 

  • Dr David Overend (Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, Moray House, University of Edinburgh)  

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SESSION 4 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
TIME 16:00 - 17:30  
DESCRIPTION Being a Principal Investigator and leading your own research group is an exciting opportunity in a researcher’s career stage. The role demands a diverse set of skills in leadership, project management, mentoring and establishing a strong team that works towards a common goal while also empowering and enabling every team member in their career aspirations, all the while ensuring that project partners, collaborators and target audiences are engaged. This session offers insights into how to approach the role and share best practice from new to experienced PIs.     
SPEAKERS
  • Dr Katie Atkins (Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader, Usher Institute, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh) 

  • Dr Catherine Montgomery (Chancellor’s Fellow, Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh)

  • Dr Wataru Uegaki (UKRI Future Leaders Fellow & Lecturer in Semantics, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh)

  • Dr Carsten Hansen (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Inflammation Research, Institute for Regeneration and Repair, University of Edinburgh)
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