I’m sending out a second call for folk who might be interested in participating in the Dissertation Festival (the week of Monday 8 August).
I know for my own dissertation that having a chance to present on it and talk through the ideas with others made a real difference – it gave me new perspectives, helped solidify arguments and brought a clearer structure to my argument. So, if you are interested or considering it but want to know more – get in touch with me firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who aren’t at the dissertation stage, but eager to check out what others are doing:
- The Festival will held entirely in Second Life on the week of Monday 8 August. (You can take a quick peek at the building in process at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vue%20South/191/58/24 but we won’t have student posters etc up until the Festival start date.)
- You will be able to pop by Second Life anytime during that week and view posters, presentations and haikus (there’s even a space to leave comments for the authors).
- We’ll have some synchronous events that week including:
- Monday 8 August at 4pm (UK time): champagne, poster viewing and a q&a session in Second Life with tutors about the dissertation process (including end of dissertation issues for those about to submit).
- Presentations from current dissertations students – also in Second Life, using a combination of voice and powerpoints, also located in our fab festival space. (Exact dates and times coming soon!)
Thanks to all who have got in touch with me so far – I’m really excited to see how the Festival goes!
For those of you who, like me, couldn’t attend any conference out of Scotland this year, this is our opportunity:
If you use software in your research and you have a good understanding of what’s happening in your field (and an idea about what will be happening soon) then the Software Sustainability Institute want to hear from you. The institute will pay researchers from any discipline up to £3000 a year to attend conferences and report on the latest developments in their field.
Interested? Visit www.software.ac.uk/agents to find out how to apply.
Closing date: 8 August 2011
The Software Sustainability Institute is funded by the research councils to help researchers use and develop software for their research. To better understand the fields that most need our help, the institute are setting up a network of Agents. Working as an Agent, you will receive travelling expenses in return for a short report about the conference you attended, the people you met and your views on the topics that look most promising in the future.
* Up to £3000 a year to attend the conferences and events that you want to attend
* Your advocacy will ensure that your field benefits from the best support for software development
* Add world-leading researchers to your professional network
* Free attendance at training events for new tools and technologies
* If you develop code, improve your knowledge of effective techniques for developing sustainable software
* A great addition to your CV
You don’t have to be a professor or a Principal Investiga
Congratulations again to everyone who graduated from the programme earlier this week.
Fiona has put some pictures from the virtual graduation up on Flickr – it included fireworks displays, chat, and virtual cocktails as well as rounds of applause from students graduating in ‘real life’ and group enjoyment of the ‘real life’ graduation ceremony stream. Many thanks to Fiona for orchestrating the virtual event, and congratulations to our virtual graduates Wray Bourne, Esso6thHeaven, Viktorius Flux, Elia Holmer and Nigel Madeye.
Hamish, Rory and I were at the ‘real life’ graduation and it was terrific to see Michael Sean Gallagher, Gerard Remkes, Riah Jones, Angelos Konstantinidis and James McLuckie getting doffed on the head with John Knox’s trousers and to meet everyone in the pub afterwards – many thanks to James Lamb and Sharon Boyd for organising that.
Overall, a very proud day, online and off!