July 10, 2019

Surviving the conference marathon

This post is by Dr Imogen Wegman, a project officer at the University of Tasmania. Her research is cross-disciplinary, and she might attend a digital humanities conference, a history seminar and a GIS symposium within a month. Imogen is also a co-founder and organiser of Hobart’s monthly public history event ‘A Pint of History’. As a dedicatedcontinue reading.

June 13, 2018

The dreaded doctoral defense

An oral defence, or Viva, is common in the UK, Europe, NZ. The viva is less common in Australia.  Most Australian students will do a final presentation before the PhD, but many universities are currently discussing how to introduce a defence as part of the examination process, so we can expect a defence of somecontinue reading.

July 26, 2017

What do examiners think of the PhD by publication?

For the last couple of decades people have been experimenting with different types of PhD programs. The PhD by publication has become popular, especially in the sciences, but how do examiners react them? The academic world is quite conservative and some PhD students have encountered difficulties in the examination process. In this post, Chris Keyworthcontinue reading.

July 19, 2017

How to start podcasting your research

This is the second post Dr Katie Linder has written for us on Podcasting. In Part One she discussed some of the benefits of being a researcher/podcast. In this post she lays out a pratical strartegy for starting. I think I might have to give it a go! If you haven’ t listened to Katie’scontinue reading.

July 12, 2017

Is it worth doing the three minute thesis?

This post is by Mary Woessner who is a PhD candidate studying clinical exercise science at Victoria University in Melbourne Australia. Her research is exploring if drinking beetroot juice can help improve exercise capacity and overall quality of life in patients with heart failure. Outside of her studies, Mary has an active interest in researchcontinue reading.

May 24, 2017

Making the most of your conference money

This post is by Dr Alexandra Hogan, a mathematical infectious disease modeller. She submitted her PhD thesis at the Research School of Population Health at ANU in November 2016. She is now working on models for malaria transmission at Imperial College London. For an academic, participating in conferences is important for lots of reasons: sharing researchcontinue reading.

April 12, 2017

Enjoying your viva

The Viva – a live presentation of your thesis to examiners – is not common in Australia. Our thesis examination is a blind peer review process, which has its own fears, but nothing like the anxiety that a viva can provoke. Horror stories tend to circulate, which is why I was happy to be sentcontinue reading.

March 22, 2017

Ever thought of podcasting your research?

I’ve always been a fan of the podcast format, but lately I’ve noticed it’s picked up speed as a way to share research. A podcast is essentially a radio show online, but it’s a tricky format. Recently I was interviewed by Dr. Katie Linder for her podcast “Research in Action” and was so impressed bycontinue reading.

June 22, 2016

The importance of being interesting

One of the hardest parts of my job here at ANU is being responsible for ANU’s participation in the Three minute thesis competition. Just in case you have just joined PhD land, the 3MT is an international competition for PhD students with only a couple of simple rules. You have to tell a non-academic audiencecontinue reading.

March 2, 2016

Your first conference

This post is by Kirsty Nash. Kirsty is originally from the UK.  She moved to Townsville in 2002 and completed a MAppSci in Tropical Marine Ecology at James Cook University. She then spent a number of years doing field research in association with Seychelles Marine Park Authority, and teaching college courses in marine biology andcontinue reading.

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