Creating, running, presenting at, or even attending a conference can be a daunting task for researchers and knowledge brokers! Here at R2A we have put together a reading list which brings together some key resources on how to communicate, collaborate and thrive at conferences.
- R2A’s guide about ‘Creating trailers for events and conferences’, walks you through this low cost, yet effective promotional tool.
- R2A’s ‘How to’ Conquer the Conference offers six simple steps for presenting a paper at a conference or participating in a workshop discussion.
- This blog by Laura ffrench-Constant offers practical tips on ‘Creating a Conference Stall that stands out’.
- Take inspiration from the innovation of others and jazz up proceedings within your own conference. Take a look at the TTIX Dialogue Space and note their inventive use of video recordings to capture ‘Talking Heads’. Or, ICLEI’s interactive user modelling workshop held at the XV World Water Congress, where the IDRC also employed social media coverage to widen participation in their session on climate change.
- The LSE Impact Blog’s ‘How to write a killer conference abstract: the first step towards an engaging presentation’ written by Helen Kara outlines how a conference abstract is different to a typical journal abstract.
- The Research Whisperer’s ‘How to live tweet and survive to tell the tale’ comprises six steps to successfully sending tweets during a conference.
- This Times Higher Education piece by Allan Johnson anticipates the ‘Six conference questions every academic hears’, while offering smart advice on how to respond.
- This slideshare about ‘Presenting with Impact’ by Mark Reed provides some advice on how to make a presentation that is both sensitive to its audience and impactful.
- ‘Networking for introverts’ by Paul Brack from the Nature Jobs Blog, provides tips on making the most of the collaborative potential at conferences, for researchers who find the process of networking intimidating.
- Remember to consider the Unconference as a means of facilitating discussion within large gatherings of researchers. This LSE Impact Blog post written by Tara Thomson relays the experiences of attending an Unconference.
This resource list is intended to be dynamic and will be updated regularly. We welcome your input and any suggested resources in the comment section below or, alternatively, you can tweet them to us via @Research2Action.