Surviving the reading marathon

Again a wonderful piece of work from Inger (I wrote about her blog earlier here). This is such an important issue and things get even mre complicated if you delve into an interdisciplinary area such as sustainability…

The Thesis Whisperer

Recently @indecisionpersonified asked me a question in the Thesis Whisperer feedback forum:

“… I have just moved continents and been accepted into a PhD program and have six free months before I start. I was wondering whether you had any advice to give people like me on how best to use the time before starting a PhD in order to be prepared for a PhD!”

A great question topic for a post! Luckily @indecisionpersonified asked this question just as I was preparing a workshop called “Speedy Notetaking for the literature review and beyond”, one of our research masterclass series at the ANU. This workshop explores the connection between reading and making meaningful ‘chunks’ of thesis ready text, so I had some ready answers to hand.

file0001576504202At most universities the PhD  application process asks you to hand in a draft research proposal of around 5000 words. So it’s not…

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Summer School on transdiciplinary research

I simply have to forward this invitation. Not only is it about transdisciplinary research (and let’s be honest, how many such opportunities do you find these days?) but it takes also place in Lüneburg which happens to be the very place, where I spend most of my academic career. So if you are looking for a summer school that might give a boost to your research skills, this offer definitely will be worth to look at:

“Leuphana University Lueneburg is pleased to invite you to the International Td Summer School 2013 in Lueneburg, Germany.

The Td Summer School offers a 5-day intensive training (Td Training Module) in transdisciplinary research preparing researchers as well as practioners for joint research on societal challenges. Both, theoretical background and practical experiences in designing and applying transdisciplinary research methodology will be gained. A special focus is on broadening the participants’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary research towards a transdisciplinary approach. Subsequently, a 2-day special training on Constellation Analysis will be offered (Special Training Module) in cooperation with the Center for Technology and Society at Technical University of Berlin, Germany.”

The whole thing takes place from 1st of September onward and there is an application deadine at May 31st. They even have a few funding opportunities, for those with a tight budget…

But make yourself familiar with the deatails in the conference flyer which you can download here.

Stay informed

How do you keep track of the latest findings in our interdisciplinary endeavour called “sustainability science”? Ever felt lost given the sheer amount of information that is available in our community? Whether or not we like and use such labels as “information society” or “knowledge society”, it is obvious that we as researchers are confronted with an increasingly fast-growing amount of available data and information – a development that is not likely to change in the near future. And if we think about sustainability science, its ill-defined problems, interdisciplinarity and complexity, things are not getting any easier.  Continue reading