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Academics Online: Building your research profile in the digital age

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We would like to warmly invite you to the upcoming workshop entitled Academics Online: Building your research profile in the digital age on 2nd May, 9:30 am – 3.30 pm in the Rivers Suite, Craiglockhart.

We have invited four digital tools experts to offer an engaging mix of hands-on digital activities, challenging conversations and networking over coffe and lunch. We will offer practical tips for Doctoral students, Early Career Researchers and other academic colleagues from across the University on how to maximise the potential of their existing social media engagement and to help increase the impact of their research. Additionally, the workshop will ask you to critically consider the ethical issues around online identities and importance of building academic reputation in the digital age.

The workshop sessions will cover the following:

Frances Ryan, Edinburgh Napier University, Centre for Social Informatics ('Just a PhD' Blog)

We will discuss how academic reputation can be built and maintained using common social networking platforms (i.e. Twitter and LinkedIn) as well as other social media tools such as blogs and university researcher profiles. Areas of exploration will also include bibliometric impact and h-indexes, and the role that “altmetrics” plays in the building and evaluation of academic reputation. This session in not about how to use social media in your academic life. This session is about why you should use it!

Nick Blackbourn, Edinburgh Napier University, Content Officer (Research)

You may be rocking Twitter & Facebook already but how can you use them to build an academic profile? In this workshop, we’ll explore practical ways and specific tools to find an audience for your work using a ‘work out loud’ approach. Bring a connected device and your Twitter account!

Vanessa Heggie, University of Birmingham/The H-Word (Guardian)

We all know about some of the challenges of social media – trolls, angry comments, people 'stealing' or misrepresenting your research – but others may be less obvious. In this session we’ll consider the risks as well as the rewards of social media, and work through a series of tactics, hacks and coping mechanisms to make sure we’re not only presenting ourselves (and our research) well in public, but also having the most positive experience online that we can.

Steven Vass, Scotland Editor, The Conversation

The Conversation has become an original and essential outlet for comment and analysis. Steven will remind us that what we do is both valuable and fascinating, and provide ideas of how to turn our research into articles that will open eyes, make waves and reach the widest possible audience.

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The workshop is organised by Dr Ivana Rihova and Dr Nathalia Tjandra (The Business School), with many thanks to RIO and the Researcher Development Fund 2016/17.

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