The FoSE ( Science and Engineering Faculty) poster competition day. Good day, good experience and lesson learnt!
There is an upcoming PhD students poster competition held by the faculty. Posters have been submitted yesterday and theyâ€™ll be put on boards on Friday. Iâ€™d rather call it as â€˜research showcaseâ€™, because of the opportunity to talk to people and peers about research is more valid.
So yes, say Hi this Friday 25 April 2014, anytime between 9-12am, SEB (Science and Engineering Building). Please pop along if you have a bit of free time. Lil birdie says that snacks+drinks will be provided!
A quickie poster by me about my research. Bfn.
One might ask, why do a PhD student blog? To be honest, I donâ€™t feel awkward about it. I have been blogging since I was in high school. It used to be dialogue between me and my best mate who studied in Australia and I am sure nobody else read it. The reminiscence of blogging came out when it was compulsory to maintain a design blog during my master study. At first it was unusual to â€˜publishâ€™ an on-going project, as designers tend to sort of be secretive about design process. But then I enjoyed it. It is good to freeze some on-going ideas and try to present it in a very casual manner. For me, the idea was borrowed from habits of dealing with design projects and applies it in my research.
However, I came across this published article about the growing trend about blogging.
Mewburn, I. & Thomson, P. (2013). Why do academics blog? An analysis of audiences, purposes and challenges. Studies in Higher Education, 38, 1105-1119.
It is observed by them that blog offer:
1) â€œreaching wider audiences and for networkingâ€ and it is related with the need to address impacts beyond academics (blue skies research).
Fortunately I just attended Research Impact workshop on Friday, and these impacts are seriously highlighted especially within UK Higher Institutions.
2) help academics to write in aÂ less serious way.
I do agree with this. We all know that writing is not easy (never will) and this platform is a good way to exercise. Especially for a non English native speaker like me. Aside from doing our research, because that is our priority, of course!
So, why not blogging?
June 2012-Â Master of Architecture (in Design) dissertation
“An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Collaborative Workshops as a simulation of Cross-Disciplinary partnerships between Architecture and Product Design Students in the FaÃ§ade Workshop 2011”
I treat my research project as a design project. Having a live journal to see how I evolve from time to time always fascinates me. I am not a particularly good scientific writer (having a design background and being a non English native speaker do not really help), but getting into the habit of writing will definitely helps to crystallise my ideas and thoughts. Bfn.