Postgraduate delegates are invited to attend a training and networking symposium on Tuesday 27 August 2013 (the day before the Annual Conference begins), hosted and subsidised by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum.
PGF-ACTS is organised jointly by the PGF and the RGS-IBG to provide a training and networking opportunity for postgraduates attending the RGS-IBG Annual Conference. As it is held the day prior to the start of the Annual International Conference, it also provides an opportunity for postgraduates to get to know other delegates and the conference venue before the start of the full conference.
Workshops, panel discussions and opportunities for Q&A, led by established professional geographers and other experts, will enable postgraduates to develop transferable skills, whilst also enriching the experience and value of attending the conference.
The symposium will run from approximately 1.00pm to 6.00pm on Tuesday 27 August 2013.
A full programme will be published shortly, but the symposium will include:
- A workshop on publishing strategies will explore elements such as: splitting a PhD into a series of journal articles, getting networked for/with academics, and getting your name recognised in the post-doc market
- A workshop on the identification and use of the transferable skills from a PhD and how they match to the graduate job market inside and outside academia
- A facilitated World Cafe networking session to share experiences on topics such as social media, job applications, research methods, dissemination and getting your research out beyond academia
The cost of the symposium is £15 (in addition to the conference registration fee), which includes lunch on arrival and an evening drinks reception on Tuesday 27 August 2013.
Due to high demand, attendance is limited to those postgraduates who are attending the conference. To register, please add the ‘PGF-ACTS – Postgraduate Forum Annual Conference Training Symposium’ session option when you register for conference. For more information about registering, please refer to the registration page.
The provisional programme for the RGS Annual Conference is now online and searchable by session and by presenter. This really is a conference with something for everyone, with all of the research groups involved in running sessions on everything from Affordable Housing to Open Data to Climate Change and Resource Conflict. The earlybird booking deadline is the 14th June, and you can register here. The conference will be held at the RGS and Imperial College, London, from the 28th-30th August.
If you need any more tempting the postgraduate forum will be running our annual training workshop on the 27th. The symposium is a half-day networking and training event led by established geographers and other professionals and hosted by the Society’s Postgraduate Forum, covering such topics as publishing, career planning, and an opportunity to get advice from recent graduates, early-career scholars and senior academics across a range of topics. The £15 fee includes lunch, workshop costs and an evening drinks reception.
The PGF Annual Conference Training Symposium took place in Edinburgh the day before the RGS-IBG Annual Conference. This half day workshop provided an opportunity to learn useful skills and network with postgraduate students from around the country.
Summaries of the workshop sessions on ‘How to Publish’ and ‘Academic Careers’ are provided in the posts below, and there were also sessions on ‘Feeling Confident about your Phd’ (including a mock viva DVD), and ‘What I Wish I Knew’
We’re always looking for ideas of what to cover in out annual training session, so if you have any thoughts on what to cover, or feedback from this year, please use the interactive forum on this website!
This aim of this session was to consider how best to prepare for a career in academia and was run by three very experienced and successful academics: Mike Bradshaw (University of Leicester), Michael Brown (University of Washington), and Rachel Spronken-Smith (University of Otago).
The session covered the importance of building up your portfolio in terms of teaching experience, research and generally getting involved in professional organisations and in the research culture of your own departments and universities. Also noted was the importance of a good covering letter with your CV, key elements of which include: how you fit the job specification, your publication strategy, your teaching philosophy and your awareness of the department for which you are applying.
The interview process was also discussed and top tips included: make sure you know the logistics of the interview (ie where you are going and at what time), do not go over allotted time if asked to do a presentation and ask questions that demonstrate ambition.
For more details see the slides available here. Thanks to the presenters for an informative and engaging session and to all the participants for their involvement. We hope you found it useful and enjoyable!
The programme for PGF-ACTS 2011 has been finalised and is available to download using the link below.
New for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011, PGF-ACTS has been designed to deliver a unique training experience for postgraduates at all stages of their research. The symposium offers a supportive environment where you can begin to establish professional and personal networks amongst postgraduate peers.
Due to overwhelming interest in PGF-ACTS we have secured a larger venue and can now accept further registrations for the event. Also, you can now register for PGF-ACTS even if you’ve already registered for conference. To do so is easy – just email AC2011@rgs.org and request that you want to register for PGF-ACTS.
Not seen the draft programme yet? Click here to download it.Any questions or queries? Please get in touch with the PGF by sending us a message via the contact form.
PGF-ACTS now has sessions and speakers confirmed!
The Postgraduate Forum invites you to participate in PGF-ACTS – held at the RGS-IBG on the afternoon of Tuesday 30th August 2011. This is a unique training opportunity for you engage with leading geographers through the following workshops:
Session One: Communicating ResearchAn interactive workshop led by:• Prof. Klaus Dodds – editor of the Geographical Journal• Prof. Kevin Ward – editor of Area
Session Two: Careers after your PhDAn interactive panel session and workshop with:• Prof. Peter Jackson – University of Sheffield• Dr. Gail Davies – University College London• Kate Amis – RGS-IBG Manager Geography Ambassadors
For more details about sessions and speakers click here.
Not registered yet? It’s not too late but places are limited so register soon!
Registration is open to all geography postgraduates, you don’t have to be a member of the Postgraduate Forum. Just add ‘PGF-ACTS’ when you register for annual conference. Click here to register.
More speakers will be confirmed soon!
Postgraduate delegates are invited to attend a symposium on Tuesday 30 August 2011 (the day before the Annual Conference begins), hosted and subsidised by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum.
New for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011, PGF-ACTS has been designed to deliver a unique training experience for postgraduates at all stages of their research.
In this inaugural year the topics explored within workshop sessions will include:
Writing for academia and scholarly publishing
Communicating research beyond the academy
Career planning and job applications
The symposium offers a supportive environment where you can begin to establish professional and personal networks amongst postgraduate peers.
The cost of this valuable symposium is just £15, which includes free copies of the Society’s guides, Publishing in Geography and Communicating Research Beyond the Academy.
To register, follow this link to register for annual conference and add the “Postgraduate workshop” option when you register.
Click below to download and print the flyer