Colloquium Programme

10:00  Opening Plenary

Opening Words,  Professor Hywel Thomas, President Learned Society of Wales
Welcome from Swansea University
Keynote speaker: 
Professor Uzo Iwobi, OBE, Founder and Chief Executive Race Council Cymru
Promoting Anti-racisim in Organisations in Wales 
Creating a research environment which is supportive and productive for everyone is a key to excellence.  Early Career Researchers have a central role in promoting change towards a workplace which is inclusive and actively anti-racist.  Professor Iwobi will explore the steps towards building an anti-racist organisation in Wales and the challenges that need to be overcome.

11.00  Session A:
Workshop – Peer Review:  Why and How
Professor Simon Hands and
Dr Shareena Hamzah-Osbourne will facilitate this hands-on session to explore why being a peer reviewer is an essential component of professional development, its importance in the publishing process, and what to expect as a reviewer. They’ll also discuss best practice for writing effective peer reviews, including how to provide constructive feedback and avoid common pitfalls.

Session B:
Speed Networking – Facilitated by Dr Amy Sanders
Meet other Early Career Researchers and hear about their work while practicing your networking skills in this fun and safe environment. 

12.30  Break for lunch – Poster Presentations

1.15     Session A:
Flash Talks – Hosts:  Dr Emrys Evans and Dr Amy Sanders
Hear about research ideas from a variety of fields, presented by Welsh ECRs.  This relaxed forum aims to stimulate new ideas, spark collaborations, and foster interdisciplinary research.
Session B:
Workshop:  Top N (N>10) Mistakes that Grant Applicants Make
Dr Adrian Osbourne will share about a range of mistakes and recommendations made by academic researchers in their journey to apply for research funding. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experience during the session.
Workshop:   Developing collaborative leadership
Hannah Pudner will help develop your leadership skills alongside the policy context unique to Wales.  This seminar will combine theory with practice on collaborative leadership whilst signposting to networks and resources

3.30     Reflections on the day – Feedback Session

4.15     Closing remarks

Throughout the day a quiet space will be available for reflection and for those who need to a short break from activities.