Who do you need? It is not always easy to get by in the academic world, especially when you are just starting out. I’m not one to normally question Simon and Garfunkel but, in truth, no one can be an island for the long-term. At some point, all of us need somebody, if not to love, then to work with – which I’m sure is also badly paraphrasing another classic … [Read more...] about Finding Your People: Mentors, Collaborators, and Guardian Angels
Recently an article I wrote with a colleague went viral. We had media interest over two days from all over the world. There was even an article by the Science Editor in The Times, which feels a strange thing to say about a little essay. The article has been published in over 30 languages across 1,000 media outlets. Because it was just a little … [Read more...] about Going viral: 3 tips to help you through
We’re delighted to feature this interview with one of our members, who took part in our Let’s Collaborate campaign on Twitter this year. Read about her research work and her collaboration interests. Who are you and what is the work you do? I am a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney Medical School in Australia. I have a PhD in Forensic … [Read more...] about Let’s Collaborate: Introducing piirus.ac.uk member Lauren Monds
A few Sundays ago, I spent the afternoon with a colleague making felt animals to match the story ‘Dear Zoo’. All of this was done on a steep learning curve – I am deeply uncrafty with a knowledge of children’s literature bound to feminist deconstructions of fairytales and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. But my friend needed help – she needed felt characters … [Read more...] about On small goodnesses
Most of the time, our research fascinates and encapsulates us. It is vibrant and original and we want everyone to hear about it. Yet on some days, everyone else’s work seems so much more interesting. We all know how important it is to keep our ideas fresh, but everyone gets stuck in a rut now and then, especially when we don’t have the time or energy to work … [Read more...] about Connecting researchers to great opportunities: exploring and expanding your research interests
Our latest blogpost from Emmanuel Mogaji explains and illustrates how sometimes we can get things wrong in the way that we approach possible research collaborators. He also provides some ideas for how we can get our collaboration approaches right! Collaboration seems like a buzz word in academia. It is considered important in building your research … [Read more...] about Why would I not collaborate with you? Getting the approach right.
Many people (especially researchers in the UK) will be familiar with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). If you aren’t, it’s a tool that helps researchers understand the competencies required to improve their development as a researcher. It’s not new, but if you haven’t discovered it before it’s a useful yardstick by which to gauge your … [Read more...] about Can collaboration speed-up researcher development?
Here at Piirus, we're all members of the research community ourselves, and we're always looking for new ways to help our members expand and strengthen their research networks. You can already join Piirus.com for free and use it to identify and connect with researchers who might become new collaboration partners. Now we want to help members to reach … [Read more...] about #letscollaborate: We’ll help you find research collaboration partners.
This guest blogpost is from Dr Christopher John Ferguson, who introduces himself at the end of this post. He offers us some useful tips on plain speaking to facilitate communication, which is rather handy after our recent survey results identified the difficulties of communication when making interdisciplinary connections. There’s a tense moment in the … [Read more...] about Plain speaking and clear understanding: 5 tips for networking face to face
Our guest blogger, Ian McCarthy tells us that research on environmental velocity highlights 'the importance of organisations operating “in time” with their environments and in synchrony across their subunits and activities'. (McCarthy et al. 2010: 618) This chimes with what Tim Rudd has been telling us about the possible need to work faster with partners … [Read more...] about Rethinking industry dynamics: what’s your velocity regime?
Piirus member, Jane Montague is the Discipline Lead for Psychology within the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Derby. Her teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. Montague currently teaches both undergraduate and … [Read more...] about Strengthening research through collaborative partnership
Can a microbiologist perform groundbreaking research with a political scientist? Or an electronics engineer with an architect? As it seeks to find ways to move towards a zero-emissions society, the Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet) decided to host its first ‘idélab’, and find collaborative, holistic solutions to climate-change problems. Climate … [Read more...] about A Norwegian experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran psychological health and is now also the 81st President of the British Psychological Society (2015-2016). He is Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia … [Read more...] about Interview with the British Psychological Society President Jamie Hacker Hughes
Did you notice that Piirus tweets regularly? We've gathered a selection of our Twitter highlights from the month of August, showing new institutions and members that have joined Piirus, and the collaborations they are seeking. We published these highlights on Storify and also on Slideshare. You can also take a look at this embedded … [Read more...] about Planet Piirus, 1-31 August 2015. New members and scholarly collaborations sought.
In my last blogpost for Piirus in July, I reported on the Vatican Library’s new digitization project, which plans ultimately to make digital copies of the entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, incunabula, and early prints available online. This is only the most prominent example in a growing number of institutions and libraries that have initiated similar … [Read more...] about The Thrill of the Original: 3 examples of when digital copies just aren’t enough!