PSA Annual International Conference 2018
The ECN will be hosting a number of events during the PSA's Annual Conference in Cardiff on the 26th to 28th March 2018.
A full list is below. We look forward to seeing you there.
Event: Welcome Breakfast
When: Monday 26th, 8:00-8:45am
The ECN are delighted to welcome more than 180 early career academics to this conference. We are aware that for many of you, this may be your first international conference. To help you get some quick-fix answers about how to navigate the conference, we have teamed up with the PSA's membership committee to host this welcome breakfast. Light refreshments will be accompanied by the sage wisdom of PSA trustees and seasoned conference goers. We look forward to seeing you there!
Event: Tom Chatfield Keynote & Reception
When: Monday 26th, 5:45-7pm
Where: Ferrier Room
In keeping with tradition, the ECN would like to welcome its members - and academics at all stages of their career - to a reception on the opening evening of the conference. Canapes and drinks will be provided, while you get the opportunity to meet colleagues in the discipline from across the country and beyond. The centrepiece of the evening will be a keynote from author, broadcaster and tech philosopher Dr Tom Chatfield. In an era of fake news, information overload and alternative facts, Tom engages with the art and science of critical thinking in two central contemporary applications: how it can most effectively be applied within the teaching and research environment for early career academics; and what it means to develop and defend the new literacies demanded by an age of total medial.
Event: Speed Mentoring
When: Tuesday 27th, 12:30-13:30pm
After the success of last year's event, the ECN speed mentoring session returns. At this event you will have the opportunity to network with, and ask for feedback/advice from, more than 25 senior scholars in the discipline. Participants will sit for 5 minutes at a time with each mentor before circulating. Come prepared with questions about CVs, publishing, the job market, collaboration, impact, REF and TEF, and general life in academia!
Event: Publishing Roundtable: Meet the Editors
When: Tuesday 27th, 3:30-5:00pm
The ECN is acutely aware that the mystic world of publishing and the 'pressure to publish' are the source of great anxiety for early career academics. As per feedback from our membership survey last spring, the ECN has teamed up with the PPA (Public Policy and Administration) and Executive Politics specialist groups to bring you this roundtable event. Colleagues - both junior and senior - are invited to hear editors from 6 separate journals answer questions directly related to publishing as an early career academic. Each editor will make a short 2 minute statement before taking questions from the chair and the audience. If you're not sure how to 'target' a journal, tick the right boxes for editors, deal with rejections, respond to reviewers' comments, make comments as a reviewer, or stay ahead of the curve, then this is the event for you.
Event: Council of Representatives
When: Tuesday 27th, 5:15-6:00pm
Where: Meet by the conference registration desk
This year the ECN is reaching out to early career academics from every institution around the country to join the ECN Council of Representatives. The purpose of this council will be to place a representative in each Politics department of the UK, who can act as a conduit between the PSA and early career academics in your home institutions. In doing so the ECN hopes to become more supportive and representative of, and responsive to, the needs of all early career academics in Politics. For those of you who have already volunteered, and for anyone else who might be interested, this informal event will bring us together to a) set out expectations for this group and share ideas of how best our collective efforts might be utilised, and b) start to scope specific objectives for the next 12-18 months.
Event: ECN Alternative Social
When: Tuesday 27th, 6:30pm onwards
Where: Tiny Rebel (upstairs function room) - 5 minutes' walk from the conference venue
The ECN look forward to welcoming you to our second annual alternative social. For those of you who are unable to attend the main (ticketed) conference dinner, the ECN is hosting an alternative social event for academics at all stages of their career. The ECN has reserved a private space at Tiny Rebel: a venue in the heart of the city and only a short walk from the conference venue. Join us for food (buffet paid for courtesy of the ECN), drinks and live entertainment.
Event: Gender in the Global Research Landscape
When: TBC - see programme
Equality and diversity are at the heart of everything that the ECN stands for and hopes to achieve, and such we are delighted to welcome Elsevier to this conference to discuss their comprehensive new report, Gender in the Global Research Landscape. The report is an evidence-based examination of research performance worldwide through a gender lens and opens up our understanding of gender within the structure of the global research enterprise. It covers 20 years, 12 geographies and 27 subject areas, providing powerful insights and guidance on gender research and gender equality policy for governments, funders and institutions worldwide. This event will comprise a short presentation from Elsevier followed by a Q&A. Colleagues at all stages of their career are welcome to attend.