by Benjamin Lyall
Whenever a group of early researchers get together in any type of structured environment, we quite often end up in deliberate modes, either talking very much about our research or not about our research at all. The 2017 Postgraduate Day offered a blend between a lot of areas between these. We engaged in activities felt structured first-and-foremost, to bring us together.
The idea of making a scrapbook-style poster with a group of others – to represent various research interests – was a great way of meeting new people, cobbling together some kind of elevator pitch, and then also listening and interpreting something about each other’s interests.
We also listened to presentations given by other emerging and senior academics about specific points of relevance; be it project management, publication writing, or teaching. Again though, these were structured and presented in such a way as to gel with both individual research trajectories but also a wider set of academic responsibilities. It was refreshing to see so many different areas discussed not in relation to balance or workloads, but together as part of a broader academic ethos.
The 2017 Postgraduate Day was a great way for newer TASA members to get a head-start on the larger conference, scoping out conference locations (and the best coffee), at the same time as meeting up with faces new and old.