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Attending Research Conferences

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'Attending and being familiar with research conferences'


#phdchat tweet log - 20th July 2011


@NSRiazat - Welcome to #phdchat - topic tonight is 'attending and being familiar with research conferences'. #phdchat #phd

@cambgirl - @PeterFlomStat Hi Peter :) I'm looking forward to tonight's chat. Using TweetChat too, migrated from TweetDeck for chats #phdchat #phdchat

@rjhogue - Hope I'm not too late ... the topic is very appropriate for me at the moment :) #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - I've been to lots of professional conferences, and given talks at many, too. NESUG, SGR, APA, APHA #PhDChat

@lizith - @rjhogue looks like we're about to kick off #phdchat

@cambgirl - @NSRiazat Shall I kick it off? Which websites do you use to find conferences? #phdchat #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @rjhogue Not late at all - just starting up tonight's #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @rjhogue Why is it apropos now? #PhDChat

@learnedlife - It's official - I passed my qualifying exams! #Dissertation here I come!!! #phdchat

@rjhogue - I'm going to my first as a Ph.D student in October ... presenting a poster and possible a paper ... #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @learnedlife Woohoo! #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @learnedlife Congrats! #phdchat

@cambgirl - @PeterFlomStat Great. What advice would you give to someone who is new to academic conferences? Any tips? #phdchat #phdchat

@rjhogue - @learnedlife Yay. Congrats! #phdchat

@srossmktg - Presenting at a conference in 2 weeks. Wondering how I should go about making a good presentation. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @rjhogue @cambgirl @PeterFlomStat - I need to start thinking about conferences. Interested in #BERA conference particularly. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Here is a funny story from my first professional conference http://ow.ly/5JiUx #PhDChat

@lizgloyn - @cambgirl I use my disciplinary e-mail lists rather than websites; loads of CFPs go out on those. #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @learnedlife Congratulations! #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @NSRiazat What's BERA? #PhDChat

@cambgirl - @rjhogue Me too, in Nov, probably a poster though. Any tips on good posters anyone? Want to win the best poster prize :) #phdchat #phdchat

@rjhogue - A paper I collaborated on got accepted to mLearn2011, and aeroplan actually had flights ... so I'm off to Beijing :) #phdchat

@srossmktg - Been to 3 confs now: 1 last August, 1 smaller one in beginning of June, 1 dialogical one at end of June. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @rjhogue I mostly go to same ones, year in year out. #PhDChat

@lizith - I'm presenting tomorrow at a PG conference - it will be useful dry run for a conf in September #phdchat

@rjhogue - There's a prize for best poster? #phdchat

@gawbul - @cambgirl I tend not to use websites as such, conferences usually find me by way of Twitter or other social networking feeds! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@learnedlife: It's official - I passed my qualifying exams! #Dissertation here I come!!! #phdchat" (Great news)

@cambgirl - @srossmktg I recommend you use #prezi, it'll be impressive :) #phdchat #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Speaking of posters, anyone got good tips for LaTeX posters? Seems hard. Been a LONG time since I did a poster #PhDChat

@lizgloyn - #phdchat I have two blog posts on conferences that might be useful for first-timers: http://bit.ly/kOmnd9 and http://bit.ly/oUo0rB

@lizith - @lizgloyn @cambgirl I agree, I seem to be seeing a lot of CFPs in my mailbox at the moment #phdchat

@srossmktg - @cambgirl Readability. Make the text and figures legible from afar and also make good use of white space. @rjhogue #phdchat

@lizgloyn - #phdchat (Mind you, there might be useful things for more accomplished hands in there too!)

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg Tip 1) do NOT read your slides #PhDChat

@catastraspie - @cambgirl @NSRiazat You can sign up to conference alert mailing lists like http://t.co/IAvEHmz #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @lizgloyn Thanks - your blog posts to conferences look like a great starting point. #phdchat

@gawbul - @lizith Good luck! We ran a conference @UniOfHull in January for @popgroup, which I helped organise! Was a great experience :-D #phdchat

@cambgirl - @srossmktg Thanks for the advice @lizgloyn your blog posts are very helpful, thanks #phdchat #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 2: Choose high contrast colors (I've seen more than one presentation where slides could not be read) #PhDChat

@NSRiazat - "@cambgirl: @srossmktg I recommend you use #prezi, it'll be impressive :) #phdchat #phdchat" (Yes - absolutely agree - Prezi is great!)

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat Ive got about 18 content slides. I'm concerned with having too many/too much on slides, but also balancing content. #phdchat

@cambgirl - @catastraspie @NSRiazat I've seen this. The database isn't comprehensive. It misses a lot of conferences #phdchat #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg How long is talk? #PhDChat

@rjhogue - @NSRiazat @srossmktg I recommend "Beyond Bullet Points" ... #phdchat

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat 20min + Qs. #phdchat

@gawbul - @cambgirl @PeterFlomStat Ooh, looks good! I'll have a whirl with that tonight too :-D #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 3) If possible, practice in front of an audience #PhDChat

@rjhogue - @NSRiazat @cambgirl @srossmktg Careful with prezi, if you move around too much you make your audience dizzy ... #phdchat

@rjhogue - Oh ya, and try to find a decent PPT template if you are using PPT, There are thousands of free ones out there ... #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @catastraspie @cambgirl I usually find the name of the conference (academics/supervisors/PhD'rs in same area) and look at websites. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg I often see a "rule" of one slide per minute. But put less on slides rather than more. #PhDChat

@gawbul - @PeterFlomStat I practice in front of my family, record myself on video camera and have my supervisors watch too! #phdchat #phdchat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue @NSRiazat @cambgirl I'm very reluctant to use prezi in my field, particularly for that reason. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 4) No fancy transitions. #PhDChat

@lizgloyn - #phdchat Just popping out to do taxi duty - should be back for the tail end of chat!

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat I usually try to do a max of 3 bullets per slide, if possible. And try to make it not wordy. I come from biz. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@PeterFlomStat: @srossmktg Tip 1) do NOT read your slides #PhDChat" (sat in presentations like that - need to bring it to life and talk)

@lizith - @rjhogue remember to include name and contact details on opening slide and Questions/Discussion slide #phdchat

@rjhogue - I found a circular flow for prezi reduces the hops, but still it is a little frustrating. #phdchat

@rjhogue - I also like prezi best if you can use an iPad to present .. that way you can use gesture control #phdchat

@gawbul - This paper by Uri Alon is good http://www.cell.com/molecular-cell/abstract/S1097-2765(09)00742-4 "How to Give a Good Talk" #phdchat #phdchat

@drjavafox - Hi everyone in #phdchat - I shall be dipping in & out due to pressing thesis deadlines :-/

@lizith - Whether or not required take some handouts and copies of presentation with contact details #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 5) Talk SLOWLY. People are trying to learn. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - The thing is I'm in marketing. Coming from biz, I'm familiar with powerpointing, but a good academic presentation is different. #phdchat

@gawbul - This set of YouTube videos by Uri Alon too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OFAhBw0OXs "How to give a good talk?" #phdchat #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @lizith Let us know how you get on at PG conference Liz. Good luck - I know you will shine. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 6) Have some slides (at least some) with NO bullet points. This isn't a business talk #PhDChat

@cambgirl - @srossmktg How is it different? #phdchat #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg Yes it is. Academic talks are VERY different #PhDChat

@drjavafox - Oh terrific #phdchat topic: academic conferences. Love the conferences, learn so much but can be sooo time consuming/time wasting.

@gawbul - @cambgirl Ah, I've just realised it (TweetChat) adds the hash tag to the end automatically for you ;-) lol! #phdchat

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat I've seen them, but I've never done one. And this is a single author, conceptual paper. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @srossmktg I've actually been surprized at how poor academics are at doing presentations .. especially in education! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @lizith: Whether or not required take some handouts and copies of presentation with contact details #phdchat - great point re: handouts.

@lizith - @NSRiazat thanks - it should be fun - I like PG confs - they tend to be supportive and good to meet other PGRs #phdchat

@cambgirl - @gawbul Thanks, that explains it :) #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @PeterFlomStat I saw 2 presentations recently where most of the slides had only images on them, no text. They were very effective #phdchat

@srossmktg - @cambgirl Different audience, different frame of mind. Biz presentations can be boring and this isn't a pitch, its giving content. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Then there are tips for ATTENDING conferences, too. Partly depends on whether there are multiple tracks #PhDChat

@rjhogue - has anyone here been to mlearn before? #phdchat

@cambgirl - @NSRiazat @lizith Business cards are good. Place twitter username and linkedin username on front page of slide too, if you want to. #phdchat

@catastraspie - @PeterFlomStat Also talk needs to consider different needs/learning styles eg as a person with Asperger's I can't read and listen #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - One big diff. between academic and biz; in academic, the audience usually starts out interested. #PhDChat

@lizith - @ClaretCarly @PeterFlomStat we were advised to move text to notes section and keep to images as far as possible on slide #phdchat

@srossmktg - @cambgirl The mission of research is different. Conferences are for feedback, future direction, etc. Biz isn't looking for that. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @rjhogue @cambgirl @srossmktg It's got to be professional - Prezi can do the job as long as you keep in very professional. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @catastraspie VERY true. I have NLD and have similar problems #PhDChat

@cambgirl - @catastraspie @PeterFlomStat I suppose the style really depends on the type of conference too. Ask people who have been before. #phdchat

@gawbul - Anyone looked at the Uri Alon paper/videos previously? I think his method is really great and I intend to use it in future! #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 7) Be careful about color blind people too. No red on green, please! #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @NSRiazat @rjhogue @cambgirl Prezi is typically non-linear though, potentially being an inappropriate format for the wrong setting. #phdchat

@drjavafox - Oh gosh attending conferences: bring business cards! You will regret it if you don't! #phdchat

@rjhogue - Does anyone know, are conference "posters" typically published? #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip 8) If someone asks a question, repeat it before answering #PhDChat

@catastraspie - @PeterFlomStat My ideal conference presentation has slides with only pictures, but handouts with everything they said lol #phdchat

@aeratcliffe - @qui_oui Add one more to the count. Just reading your post now. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue Posters arent typically published. However you can put it on your CV. #phdchat

@cambgirl - @NSRiazat How about if you are at a conference where you are not presenting. What is the best way to go about networking? #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @cambgirl @catastraspie worth speaking to academics in area and see what they recommend. Great links to conferences from #BERA site #phdchat

@gawbul - @cambgirl I always add my social networking links/handles on the final slide! Generally first and last slides are on the longest! #phdchat

@catastraspie - @rjhogue Not the poster itself, but the abstract may be, you need to check with organiser #phdchat

@cambgirl - @catastraspie @PeterFlomStat I'd second that. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @cambgirl Ask questions of presenters! MOST presenters will appreciate it. #PhDChat

@SueFolley - me too!! RT @srossmktg: @rjhogue @NSRiazat @cambgirl I'm very reluctant to use prezi in my field, particularly for that reason. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @catastraspie @rjhogue They are asking for 1 page ... so it sounds like the abstract ... kinda cool. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Networking: Some conferences have small group meetings after hours, can be good #PhDChat

@rjhogue - Any specific recommendations for conference in China? #phdchat

@cambgirl - @rjhogue @catastraspie Bizzare, I've got to present a poster at a conference but submit a one page paper too. #phdchat

@qui_oui - & get them made by Moo! RT @drjavafox: Oh gosh attending conferences: bring business cards! You will regret it if you don't! #phdchat

@catastraspie - @rjhogue Oh yeah, my first official publication was a poster abstract sooooo proud #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @lizith @PeterFlomStat It certainly helped me to concentrate on what was being said, rather then reading the slides #phdchat

@SueFolley - I would ban bullet points altogether :)) RT @PeterFlomStat: Tip 6) Have some slides (at least some) with NO bullet points. #PhDChat

@PeterFlomStat - Networking - HANG AROUND! Don't go to talk and then back to room. No one will be in your room but you. #PhDChat

@gawbul - @PeterFlomStat We had a student welcome night at ours! Drinks and networking, was very good - helped relax, lol :-) #phdchat

@nelldarby - @NSRiazat A handout at start is good if it offers extra info, stats, etc; if it is just a copy of the paper, leave it till the end. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @cambgirl @rjhogue @catastraspie Cool. Which conference? #phdchat

@qui_oui - @srossmktg Prezi becomes linear through the use of paths. It's not just a non-linear format. #PhDchat

@PeterFlomStat - @SueFolley I wouldn't got THAT far, bullet points can be good in some situations #PhDChat

@NSRiazat - @rjhogue @srossmktg sat through some fabulously monotonous academic prsnttns by 'deeply clever professor' types. All good fun. :) #phdchat

@catastraspie - @rjhogue Avoid the Irish/English style pubs, they charge so much more! #phdchat

@rjhogue - @qui_oui @drjavafox I love my MOO cards for my social stuff... not sure about business... although could easily add QR code #phdchat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue @NSRiazat @PeterFlomStat's advice is best. Being able to get them when they're "vulnerable" instead of w/colleagues. #phdchat

@nelldarby - @lizith @nsriazat PG conferences good to see how others present - get ideas as to what works and what doesn't! #phdchat

@SueFolley - @timbuckteeth @rihogue @cambgirl @srossmktg @NSRiazat yep - make me really nauseous too :(( #phdchat

@XarahC - @NSRiazat and everyone - evening! No conferences for me this year as no budget left at all :( #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Another tip: Don't try to be funny unless you are really good at it. #PhDChat

@qui_oui - Use Twitter to "meet" people virtually before conferences if you can; it's hard to do all your "networking" when you arrive ;-) #PhDchat

@gawbul - @cambgirl I think you just have to be bold! Don't be afraid to talk to people, ask them about their research! Take an interest :-) #phdchat

@cambgirl - @rjhogue @qui_oui @drjavafox It's easy to add QR codes to any business cards. I find Moo to expensive. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @lizith Yes agree - I think PG confs are a great way to test out aspects of research and get some friendly constructive feedback. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @nelldarby @lizith @nsriazat What are PG conferences? #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @rjhogue MOO cards? #PhDChat

@drjavafox - #phdchat @rjhogue @qui_oui Mini-MOO cards are terrific conversation starters @overheardatmoo

@PeterFlomStat - @cambgirl QR codes? #PhDChat

@DavidCRoberts - This guide to social networking /networking at conference might be of interest http://bit.ly/jWnWuI #PhDchat

@catastraspie - @rjhogue @cambgirl International Organization of Psychophysiology tend to publish conference procedings #phdchat

@rjhogue - @PeterFlomStat @rjhogue We use MOO cards for our recumbent cycling blog goingeast.ca - when we tour they are great! #phdchat

@qui_oui - Yes! exactly RT @drjavafox: #phdchat @rjhogue @qui_oui Mini-MOO cards are terrific conversation starters @overheardatmoo

@shaileshak - Succinct post by my colleague @SueFolley - How Twitter has changed my conference experience http://goo.gl/D9xC #phdchat

@XarahC - @cambgirl @NSRiazat use twitter as a back channel where facilities allow - it's great for networking even if you're not presenting #phdchat

@drjavafox - @qui_oui @cambgirl @rjhogue yes, I completely agree. I stand out because (in part) my cards stand out! #phdchat @overheardatmoo

@PeterFlomStat - @rjhogue What's a MOO card? #PhDChat

@cambgirl - @PeterFlomStat QR code is a digital barcode. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code #phdchat

@qui_oui - @drjavafox I do some photography as well; so last 50-pack I ordered had a differen pic on every card ;-) #PhDchat

@srossmktg - @qui_oui I'd be really reluctant to use Prezi. Novelty seems to outweigh ability to make standout work. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @PeterFlomStat @cambgirl QR Codes are the square boxes that can be read by mobile phone cameras and take you to websites #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @srossmktg @rjhogue @cambgirl I use Prezi in my classroom but, personally, on balance possibly not at a professional conference #phdchat

@tressiemcphd - #phdchat imperative at big conf.: smaller events - cocktail, breakout sessions. Grad students can't win in the mad dash pressers after talks

@PeterFlomStat - Some conferences have mailing lists prior to the conference; or LinkedIn pages, or something else. #PhDChat

@cambgirl - @PeterFlomStat @rjhogue business cards created by a company called Moo. Nothing special, just v.good at marketing & expensive #phdchat

@gawbul - Would be cool to use social networking as a method of asking questions during a presentation, for those that are a little shy? #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @rjhogue Well! Cool! I gotta learn about those #PhDChat

@rjhogue - @PeterFlomStat @rjhogue MOO cards - http://us.moo.com/ what's great is you can have a different photo on each card #phdchat

@tressiemcphd - . @srossmktg just had sr scholar tell a new student not to use prezi for that very reason #phdchat

@qui_oui - @NSRiazat Prezi has to be used the right way in context. I don't think it should be dismissed wholesale for "professional" work. #PhDchat

@aeratcliffe - I thought I would like the single column view in Seesmic for #phdchat but I can't stop the scroll. Anyone know if possible?

@srossmktg - @NSRiazat That seems totally reasonable. It's a different context that might benefit from Prezi. But conferences? Doubtful #phdchat

@lizith - @rjhogue PG conferences are organised by PGRs and presenters are all PGRs apart from keynotes - find them at many universities #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @qui_oui Thanks! #PhDChat

@rjhogue - @cambgirl @PeterFlomStat @rjhogue I didn't find them expensive at all .. specially for colour photo cards #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Networking: If you're shy, hang out with someone who isn't. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @aeratcliffe Try using tweetchat. Makes it much more manageable. #phdchat

@DavidCRoberts - Avoid the conference bloodsucker - the one who rubbishes your work and offers little else by way of contribution #phdchat

@cambgirl - @qui_oui @NSRiazat I think prezi's would work well for academic conferences too. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @cambgirl I guess you would network at an academic conference in same way as perhaps you would for any other professional setting? #phdchat

@qui_oui - @rjhogue @cambgirl @PeterFlomStat They are very beautifully done, though; that's what everyone says when I whip out the cards ;-) #PhDchat

@rjhogue - Any advice for someone going to a large conference alone? How does a shy person find people to connect iwth? #phdchat

@catastraspie - @gawbul Just been to a conference where it was also held in second life and people on there were able to ask questions #phdchat

@drjavafox - Gotta get back into #thesis writing headspace folks - thanks for the mini #phdchat

@srossmktg - Style over substance seems far less relevant when you're in our stage of scholarship. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip: Don't fake knowing something. If someone asks and you don't know, say you'll look into it; or ask others in audience #PhDChat

@NSRiazat - @DavidCRoberts @qui_oui agree - most conferences publish prior to event which presenters are attending. Best to research beforehand #PhDchat

@SueFolley - Check out Lanyrd to see who in your twitter network is going to the same conferences as you http://lanyrd.com#phdchat

@rjhogue - OK... let's have some fun ... what are the things you absolutely should NOT do at a conference? #phdchat

@cambgirl - @NSRiazat Yes true :) #phdchat

@nelldarby - @cambgirl @peterflomstat @rjhogue I have Moo cards for my freelance work - but standard uni-branded ones for conferences! #phdchat

@aeratcliffe - @srossmktg Thanks, trying Tweethat now for #phdchat. It has speed and pause control. #phdchat

@catastraspie - @cambgirl @qui_oui @NSRiazat I'm not familiar with Prezi, why might it not be suitable? #phdchat

@lizith - @drjavafox hope the writing goes well #phdchat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue Lol, regrettably no. I've been to two big ones and my advisor kind of left me dry on that. I don't "work a room" well. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Do NOT insult a person who asks you a question! #PhDChat

@gawbul - @catastraspie Lol, that sounds interesting :-) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @DavidCRoberts @qui_oui ...then networking is purposeful and meaningful/relevant as opposed to just talking to anyone and everyone. #PhDchat

@PeterFlomStat - Do NOT eat garlic and beans before your big talk! #PhDChat

@rjhogue - @catastraspie @cambgirl @qui_oui @NSRiazat transitions can jump and aren't easy to control. Plus challenge to edit. #phdchat

@qui_oui - #PhDchat here's what some of my Moo cards look like, if you want an example http://yfrog.com/kki9gttj

@srossmktg - @catastraspie If you're trying to present empr. results in logical format, Prezi can be too visually distracting, esp if done wrong #phdchat

@shaileshak - @qui_oui I agree, look at some good examples at the prezi website. A creative prezi approach will capture the audience #phdchat

@SueFolley - get to know what the twitter hashtag is for a conference, so you can make connections/ arrange to meet up when you are there #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @qui_oui Hmm. I prefer a very plain card. #PhDChat

@nelldarby - @rjhogue Find someone else who is on their own; or, I find starting a conversation when getting coffee at the start is easiest! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@drjavafox: #phdchat @rjhogue @qui_oui Mini-MOO cards are terrific conversation starters @overheardatmoo" :-))

@qui_oui - @rjhogue @catastraspie @cambgirl @NSRiazat Here's what I wrote about Prezi http://bit.ly/nByOLo #phdchat

@gawbul - MT @SueFolley get to know what the twitter hashtag is for a conference, so you can make connections/ arrange to meet up when there #phdchat

@qui_oui - @PeterFlomStat I like using my own photos. They start conversations #PhDchat

@shaileshak - @rjhogue Large conferences will have things like Crowdvine online community. Join and meet virtually before conf #phdchat

@rjhogue - @qui_oui @rjhogue @catastraspie @cambgirl @NSRiazat Here's my prezi experiment http://bit.ly/jaxKWL .. fun with iPad #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip: Seed the audience with questions. Find a friend who will attend your talk, and ask him/her to ask something #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue My rec for attending a conference alone is to go to as many sessions as you find interesting and hang around after each. #phdchat

@gawbul - @PeterFlomStat @qui_oui Next time I go to a conference I might have a t-shirt made up with my twitter username on it ;-) lol! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @catastraspie @cambgirl @qui_oui It's a zooming presentation editor. Different and more modern than powerpoint - personal choice. #phdchat

@simfin - I wrote this about effective presentations. May be of interest. http://bit.ly/p7Usus #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @aeratcliffe @srossmktg I use Twitterfall for #phdchat when on laptop.

@nelldarby - @gawbul I love the t-shirt idea! #phdchat

@qui_oui - @gawbul @PeterFlomStat I've had people say "oh YOU'RE qui_oui?" ha ha ha! #PhDchat

@DavidCRoberts - #PhDChat More tips on networking here http://virtual-doc.salford.ac.uk/reds/2011/06/10/some-ideas-on-twitter-a (cont) http://deck.ly/~QDqIq

@Janshs - don't feel I can contibute much to #phdchat but really liking some of the sugestions so many thanks

@PeterFlomStat - @gawbul My twitter name IS my name, so ... Dunno about that for me! #PhDChat

@NSRiazat - @rjhogue Freeze up in total fear/stutter - I'd switch off within seconds. Handouts help as I can make my own 'sense' as I go along. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @Janshs So ask a question, you might get an answer! :-) #PhDChat

@gawbul - @nelldarby Lol! I'm going to do it! Beats giving out business cards, people can write down my handle or follow me on their phones!? #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Another NONO: Do NOT try to give your talk drunk! :-) #PhDChat

@catastraspie - @NSRiazat @cambgirl @qui_oui Ooh, wow, ok interesting, but I don't like it! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@srossmktg: Style over substance seems far less relevant when you're in our stage of scholarship. #phdchat" - Good point.

@DavidCRoberts - @rjhogue I agree . It's the law of reciprocity. You attend their sessions and interact and they will attend yours. #PhDChat

@XarahC - @qui_oui @gawbul @PeterFlomStat it is exciting to meet people f2f when you have followed them on-line! #phdchat

@gawbul - @qui_oui Lol :-) #phdchat

@rjhogue - @gawbul @nelldarby Business cards (or name cards) are essential in East Asia ... otherwise you are a no-body. #phdchat

@nelldarby - @gawbul Good conversation starter beforehand as well! #phdchat

@simfin - http://lanyrd.com/ v useful socialmedia conference tool #phdchat

@srossmktg - Business cards are still relevant. Wherever, whenever you are. #phdchat

@aeratcliffe - @NSRiazat Thanks, trying TwitterFall as well for #phdchat

@gawbul - @nelldarby Yeah, kills two birds with one stone, lol :-) #phdchat

@rjhogue - Maybe I'll get business cards with the key graphic from my poster ... #phdchat

@cambgirl - @srossmktg Agree. Digital business cards like LinkedIn hasn't really taken over yet. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - re Teeshirts; at most conferences I've been to, tee shirts are a little too casual. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - It seems more logical to me to get university-stock biz cards. You want a job after this. Let them know where to find you. #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @rjhogue Go to a paper and talk to presenter/people in the audience - easier to start convo if you've a shared topic of interest #phdchat

@tressiemcphd - . @rjhogue I've had the jumping transitions problem. Re: prezi #phdchat

@srossmktg - @cambgirl LI is a social network for professionals, not a biz card. #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @rjhogue Crikey - don't show off! Don't try to make yourself seem the cleverest person in the room! It always backfires! #phdchat

@cambgirl - @PeterFlomStat What do you folks wear to conferences? #phdchat

@gawbul - @rjhogue @PeterFlomStat Seriously? Science for me is a passion, as well as fun! Getting too business like would put me off going! #phdchat

@nelldarby - @PeterFlomStat I tend to be casual anyway - although one guy at a lot of conferences I go to attends in shorts and flip-flops... #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @lizgloyn @rjhogue True! WHether or NOT you're the cleverest, it's annoying to sound that way! #PhDChat

@aeratcliffe - @DavidCRoberts I usually use TweetDeck, but there is no ability to change the font size. Too small at times. #phdchat #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @qui_oui We all know whether it's right for our universities or not. :) Am fairly sure that my university would prefer powerpoint. #PhDchat

@PeterFlomStat - @cambgirl Usually I wear either polo shirts or button shirts, no jacket or tie though. And nice slacks or khakis, not jeans #PhDChat

@lizith - @cambgirl @PeterFlomStat something I feel comfortable in and which will not distract audience #phdchat

@cambgirl - @srossmktg But it could be used instead of business cards: 'Just add me to your linkedIn'. But we haven't reached that stage yet. #phdchat

@srossmktg - At this stage in the game, conferences are about 2 things: 1) Getting feedback on our work 2) Job prospecting. #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @cambgirl I go for comfortable-professional - something I feel confident in, and that looks 'grown-up' #phdchat

@srossmktg - Do the things that lead to successful outcomes on 1 and 2. The rest, I'd save til TT. #phdchat

@XarahC - @rjhogue i like the idea of linking your cards to a poster #phdchat

@rjhogue - @srossmktg Not about finding collaborators? #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @PeterFlomStat Yup; senior scholars asking respectful questions of junior scholars are doing great role modelling #phdchat

@gawbul - @PeterFlomStat Saying that though, could always have something printed on a polo/casual shirt! :-) #phdchat

@srossmktg - @cambgirl I don't think we're anywhere near that, even in biz. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Even if you ARE a grad student, I don't think you want to LOOK like one. :-) #PhDChat

@SueFolley - You could put a QR code onto your last slide that links to your contact details/blog/website/research page :) #phdchat

@aeratcliffe - Does your university offer any funding to attend conferences? #phdchat #phdchat

@rjhogue - I'm gonna need a whole new wardrobe! #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @lizgloyn Indeed. AND they are encouraging that person to present again. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue Collaborators are pretty crucial, but going collaborator-seeking could be stressful. Collaboration is best when natural. #phdchat

@gawbul - What about using apps such as Bump to transfer contact information at conferences? @bumptech #phdchat

@XarahC - Finding out about @overheardatmoo and Mini-MOO cards from @NSRiazat @drjavafox @rjhogue @qui_oui #phdchat http://t.co/QUaqHcW < look ace!

@rjhogue - Now another idea, but a QR code on your poster ... #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip: Tell people you liked their talk. Especially if you did. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - Biz cards transcend generational and technological differences in sharing/using contact info. Uni-stock is more professional. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @aeratcliffe TwitterFall is brilliant - I find it really useful to follow really busy threads. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg Yup. EVERYONE knows how to use a biz card. Not everyone uses social media. #PhDChat

@adolfoalvarez - Be sure there will be one main idea the people will remember from your talk #PhDChat

@gawbul - @NSRiazat @aeratcliffe I'll have to give that a try! Trying TweetChat tonight! Had to 'toggle font', but not too bad otherwise :-) #phdchat

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat Email is a step up from the phone. And some are finally getting into email. SN is YEARS off as de facto. #phdchat

@XarahC - Yes Great idea! RT @SueFolley You could put QR code onto last slide that links to ur contact details/blog/website/research page :) #phdchat

@nelldarby - @PeterFlomStat @srossmktg The majority of people I've met at conferences so far don't use social media. I'd like to change that. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg I don't know anyone who doesn't use e-mail. But beyond that, it's very iffy. #PhDChat

@SueFolley - Don't overdo the theory or context in your course - brief mention of both good - but people generally want to know findings! #phdchat

@rjhogue - Any recommendations for what makes a good poster? I dont' think even seen one :( .. #phdchat

@SueFolley - @XarahC thanks :) How is your phd coming along? #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @gawbul @PeterFlomStat we always have drinks/dinner etc networking at residential for doctoral students. Great for breaking ice. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @nelldarby Won't happen with the 'old guard.' Just like email didn't a generation earlier. @PeterFlomStat #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @nelldarby SM can be a huge time sink; and there are too many different SM sites. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @rjhogue You missed the readability tweet then. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @rjhogue LOTS of pictures, FEW words. #PhDChat

@merry30 - @aeratcliffe There's a small pot for ppl who are uni-funded, but you have to be REfunded, & there's no g'ntee you'll get all back! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @nelldarby I tend to take it all in better if I have a handout to scribble notes/thoughts/questions down on. #phdchat

@AmandaMichelle - oh, i'm so sad i missed 99% of today's #phdchat! i was really looking forward to it. please tell me it'll be on the wiki...

@PeterFlomStat - I gotta look into these QR codes. Never heard of that before today. #PhDChat

@gawbul - @merry30 @aeratcliffe With our conference in January, we got fees wavered for assisting with organising! Went towards credits too! #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Tip: Compliment people's questions. #PhDChat

@catastraspie - @NSRiazat @gawbul @PeterFlomStat Really not great for students with Asperger's though #phdchat

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat You've probably seen them. If you use Chrome, there's a goo.gl URL shortener that will make you one automatically. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @PeterFlomStat You've probably seen them but not realized what they are .. they are popping up all over .. #phdchat

@XarahC - @SueFolley I've never tried to generate a QR code, how simple is it? #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @catastraspie I can tell I would hate Prezi. I am very verbal, not visual at all #PhDChat

@rjhogue - Our Uni has some funding for travel to/from conferences, but doesn't cover the fee or hotel. #phdchat

@srossmktg - A QR code generator: http://qrcode.kaywa.com#phdchat

@SueFolley - Here is a prezi on doing an academic poster - to tie in two ideas from tonight's #phdchat :) http://tinyurl.com/3w8pkq7

@rjhogue - @XarahC @SueFolley here's a really ismple generator: http://qrcode.kaywa.com#phdchat

@adolfoalvarez - "@PeterFlomStat: Tip: Compliment people's questions. #PhDChat" and say 'thank you' at the end!

@AmandaMichelle - THIS! i have a poster in oct & can only think of 3rd grade sci fair RT @rjhogue: Any recommendations for what makes a good poster? #phdchat

@nelldarby - @PeterFlomStat But it can be useful for collaboration and networking away from, prior to, and after conferences. #phdchat

@rjhogue - @rjhogue @XarahC @SueFolley There are more fancy ones out there.. free as well .. that let you include graphics #phdchat

@Janshs - @NSRiazat thx for tip re twitterfall - great and shows just how much traffic on #phdchat

@XarahC - Just nearing completion of my RTP, & it's amazing how often having pres'd posters meets the criteria @srossmktg @rjhogue @NSRiazat #phdchat

@nelldarby - @NSRiazat I find myself distracted by reading the handout rather than listening to the speaker! *blushes* #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - A good poster makes people want to LOOK at it, not necessarily READ it. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat Same here. We often do a lot of stats. You just cant present the same in Prezi. Too herkyjerky for empirics. #phdchat

@SueFolley - @XarahC really easy if linking to an existing url - a few sites do it - a few have been tweeted by others already :) #phdchat

@AmandaMichelle - #phdchat @fdncenter usually has some info on getting travel funding for conferences. i think they also have info on registration funds

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg Well, I am a statistician, so my talks tend to be statistical. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - Re, posters: Readability. Make text and figures legible from afar and also make good use of white space. Rest is personal style. #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - This fall, I am giving 3 talks and 1 poster at two conferences. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat Hence our similarity in not finding Prezi overly useful for presenting our work. #phdchat

@XarahC - Very useful! RT @SueFolley Here is a prezi on doing an academic poster - to tie in two ideas from tonight's #phdchat :) http://t.co/qwfebju

@PeterFlomStat - @srossmktg I like LaTeX for papers. #PhDChat

@srossmktg - And be professional. Get good feedback and pretend like you're on the job market (you ALWAYS are til you have one). #phdchat

@Janshs - mainly been RTing this #phdchat thanks for all the ideas

@NSRiazat - "@rjhogue: @XarahC @SueFolley here's a really ismple generator: http://qrcode.kaywa.com#phdchat > another to check thx" (Grt link -thanks)

@SueFolley - @Janshs @rjhogue thanks for tweeting the QR generators - saved me looking them up :)) #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - @Janshs They also serve who only sit and RT :-) #PhDChat

@SueFolley - A beginners guide to QR codes - http://tinyurl.com/3o9lrs9 #phdchat

@NSRiazat - 8.30pm BST brings us to the end of #phdchat - the topic tonight was 'attending and being familiar with research conferences'. #phdchat #phd

@srossmktg - @PeterFlomStat Haven't used it. Actually, haven't used anything like that. Probably should, now that starting dissertation phase. #phdchat

@rjhogue - Thanks everyone for the chat .. it was what I needed ... now back to my paper! #phdchat

@PeterFlomStat - Thanks for a great chat. For some reason, I didn't get a poll this week. #PhDChat

@diazxavier - "@marcismaking: Behold, the PhD student in its natural habitat. http://yfrog.com/keo5i7j #phd #phdchat"

@Janshs - thanks as always @NSRiazat #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Janshs have found #phdchat easier to follow on Twitterfall when using laptop. Used BlackBerry app tonight.

@shaileshak - thank you all. See top #phdchat users http://goo.gl/3BCFn

@PeterFlomStat - Bye for now #PhDChat

@XarahC - Super helpful thx @rjhogue @SueFolley @NSRiazat @Janshs here's a really simple QR generator: http://t.co/EhS83ec #phdchat

@gawbul - @NSRiazat Excellent, thanks for hosting again! Will see if my script runs as planned at 23:30 and will update the wiki tomorrow :) #phdchat

@rjhogue - @diazxavier @marcismaking The books in the background too too neat! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @nelldarby think I need to write it down in my own way to process it - am not an auditory learner #phdchat

@srossmktg - Thanks for the input. Now to create this conference presentation. Literally... #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - Thanks all, some great tips tonight #phdchat

@AmandaMichelle - @srossmktg @PeterFlomStat i think prezi would be GREAT for presenting stats. you can upload all your graphs, but be spunky #phdchat

@XarahC - Most HE students I've taught recently have smart phones-one to try RT @SueFolley beginners guide to QR codes - http://t.co/vX3DOq6 #phdchat

@srossmktg - @AmandaMichelle IMO, spunk is something to save for tenure... Be relevant and interesting in substance first. @PeterFlomStat #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @cambgirl @PeterFlomStat @rjhogue @srossmktg @learnedlife @lizith @lizgloyn @gawbul - thanks for valued contributions to #phdchat tonight.

@EditingCanada - New Blog post -- Beyond Research and Writing: Transitioning to a Non-Academic Career http://t.co/wuavND1 #HigherEd #phdchat #CdnPSE

@srossmktg - @NSRiazat Thanks for hosting! #phdchat

@SueFolley - Cool graphic :)) and thanks from me too :) RT @shaileshak: thank you all. See top #phdchat users http://goo.gl/3BCFn

@NSRiazat - @catastraspie @s_holloway @drjavafox @aeratcliffe @qui_oui @ClaretCarly - thanks for valued contributions to #phdchat tonight.

@AmandaMichelle - does anyone have an example of a phd-level poster? i appreciate the prezi! (apologies if i missed such an example already) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @DavidCRoberts @XarahC @shaileshak @nelldarby @anandan22 - thanks for valued contributions to #phdchat tonight.

@gawbul - Can't tell yet whether I prefer #Twitterfall or #TweetChat? @twfall @tweetchat #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @tressiemcphd @simfin @timbuckteeth @janshs @merry30 - thanks for valued contributions to #phdchat tonight.

@NSRiazat - @adolfoalvarey @AmandaMichelle @alisoniredale @drdjwalker - thanks for valued contributions to #phdchat tonight.

@ClaretCarly - @AmandaMichelle Two posters I've presented this year: http://bit.ly/nPQz8d http://bit.ly/ncL5v4 #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @gawbul @twfall @tweetchat #Twitterfall #TweetChat #phdchat - am a fan of Twitterfall - like the interface. Helps me keep up from laptop.

@AmandaMichelle - @nsriazat thanks for hosting, as always! this was a great topic! #phdchat

@cambgirl - @DavidCRoberts @rjhogue Brilliant idea! Thanks #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @PeterFlomStat I know a member of faculty who was bribed with a bottle of port for every ten e-mails he replied to... #phdchat

@SueFolley - Academic poster design tips http://tinyurl.com/3qb6zaf #phdchat

@lizgloyn - To repeat for latecomers to #phdchat: two blog posts on conferences that might be useful: http://bit.ly/kOmnd9 and http://bit.ly/oUo0rB

@NSRiazat - @gawbul Great - thanks for updating the #phdchat wiki. :)

@NSRiazat - @PeterFlomStat No poll this week - had a few requests for a #PhDChat about conferences so did a 'special'. #poll up as normal this week. :)

@SueFolley - 5 ways to poster = fail by @thesiswhisperer http://tinyurl.com/6du6rkw #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @AmandaMichelle Not as exciting as tri-fold I'm afraid, both blown up to A1 size and displayed on traditional poster boards #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @AmandaMichelle I stood near them during coffee/lunch breaks so people who were interested could chat #phdchat

@XarahC - @NSRiazat @SueFolley very exciting, it will all be fine when it comes :) #phdchat

@qui_oui - Class, privilege, and the costs of an academic career: Know your value http://bit.ly/n7p7Vs #HigherEd #PhDchat #CdnPSE

@AmandaMichelle - @claretcarly gotcha; that makes sense. we'll have the accompanying report brief for ppl to snag, too... #phdchat anyone ever see tri-folds?

@AmandaMichelle - i've never seen what i would've called a grad-level poster at a conf. i'm coming to understand that i think too highly of us, LOL #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @AmandaMichelle Good idea. I had A4 versions of the poster as handouts if people wanted them. Also had contact details on #phdchat

@literarychica - #PhDchat folks? MT @AnotherPhD2B For those who have taken comps: best advice anyone gave you? What do you wish you had known b/f your exams?

@WarrenPearce - Would love thoughts from any #phdchat types RT @realiseclimate: How can I discuss research themes on a blog? http://post.ly/2Z5jd cc @slewth

@andycoverdale - Commented. RT @WarrenPearce @realiseclimate How can I discuss research themes on a blog? http://t.co/JNNhpEy #phdchat

@dbaQ8 - @JeffreyKeefer Thanks. Well, I had an article published by the IJPA last year http://bit.ly/qrHEFV #phdchat

@laurapasquini - Guide to academic networking http://t.co/iSv0Mmj #phdchat (via @pascalvenier & @davidcrobert)s

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