Wednesday, 6 February 2013

New Student-led Transdisciplinary Discussion Group

Good evening to all,

At 4pm this Friday I'll be hosting the first meeting of an informal discussion group focused on introducing research students to some basic elements of Transdisciplinarity.

As a joint venture with the Postgraduate Research Students' Association, this group will serve several purposes; to provide a relaxed setting for new research students to discuss and debate the ways research is approached in other fields, to develop presentation and discussion skills amongst fellow students from a range of different disciplines, and to provide an extra channel through which the range of events offered by the TDC can be promoted to research students.

It is my intention to demonstrate, for new researchers, that extending the scope of one's practice to engaging other fields of study need not be an intimidating experience. I also recognise that even more experienced students can still find research to be a very solitary experience, and I feel that the collaborative environment offered by the TDC could provide a way for us to challenge that.

The first meeting will simply be to discuss what people would like to get out of such sessions - particularly regarding how often we should meet. I have been promoting this via the PRSA Facebook page and had resoundingly positive feedback welcoming the proposal. Although many people declared their interest and support, obviously the key thing I'll need to get this project off the ground is numbers. If anyone could direct me towards other channels I could use to promote the group, or has any students of their own who they feel would either benefit from or contribute well to this group, I'd be very grateful to know.

Many thanks,

David Hucklesby
PRSA Rep to the TDC Committee (and vice-versa)

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