Who is it for? The ECR Network’s symposia series is targeted at early career researchers (ECRs) – be they current Masters or Doctoral students or those in the early post-doctoral phase. It’s suitable for any ECR seeking to present their research and to network with their peers.
What can you expect? ECRs attending symposia typically present for 15-20 minutes and subsequently have 10-15 minutes for discussion around their presentations, and their research more broadly. The audience is made up of their ECR peers as well as two experienced academic discussants, typically one from the host institution, and one from a neighbouring institution. Presenters are encouraged to highlight key points for consideration to guide the discussion and are able to receive constructive feedback around these. The theme for the 2020 symposia series is ‘Framing Research: Theories, Concepts and Reflexivity in Educational Research’. ECRs attending and presenting will be tasked with discussing the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that they have drawn on (or will draw upon) as part of their studies and/or considering how they have been (or will be) reflexive within the research process.
Why should you attend? The ECR Network’s symposia series seeks to provide ECRs with an opportunity to present their research in a supportive environment, gaining valuable experience that will stand them in good stead for attending and presenting at conferences. The symposia enable ECRs to practice their presentation skills, engage in discussion about their research and to receive feedback to help them move forwards with their work, as well as providing the opportunity to network with their peers.