Researchers in popular culture have not only kicked arse and saved the world but have also worn brilliant cardigans Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the cultural touchstone that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and trust that the author says this in all seriousness), this post is dedicated to celebrate the awesomeness of research - and the awesomeness of … [Read more...] about A Critical Ka-Pow – Researchers in popular culture
I think I may be getting a reputation as the piirus.ac.uk productivity geek. In the past I’ve written about to do lists and forming habits to help maintain focus. In this post I’m taking things a step further to look at why and how we can automate some basic tasks to make more effective use of our time. Why automate? I’m sure we’ve all had days when we … [Read more...] about Use your time wisely, automate routine tasks
It’s nearly the end of 2016, and time for me to take a quick look back at our most popular blogposts from this year.* Actually, some of the posts that were most visited this year date back to 2015, perhaps because they have been heavily promoted like our digital identity health check, or perhaps because the topic appeals to many of you, such as our post … [Read more...] about Have you read our “top ten” posts for 2016? A round-up for the year.
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
Following on from Kathy's excellent tips on getting started with Twitter earlier on this blog, here are my top three tips on building your academic Twitter presence in the most efficient way possible, to save time and find both content and contacts of interest to you. 1. Follow others: our matching service and our lists If you're a member … [Read more...] about 3 ways to save time when building an academic Twitter profile
We at piirus.ac.uk love finding ways to connect researchers with opportunities! With our new Piirus Associate option, which opens up academic consultancy possibilities, or with our classic profile-matching service for all members. Many opportunities arise through making connections with other researchers - often across disciplinary and national … [Read more...] about Summer 2016: piirus.ac.uk members seeking collaboration
As a team, we're rather international: Jenny is based in Germany and Kathy splits her time between Nuaru and Australia. Even our UK based colleagues are across the whole length of the nation, from Fiona and Chris in Scotland, via Emma in England's North East, Heather and University of Warwick colleagues in the midlands, to Andrew in Cornwall. We're … [Read more...] about Collaborating on an international scale: our tips
In 1973 Marlon Brando famously sent Sacheen Littlefeather to accept - or rather reject - his Oscar for the Godfather. At this year’s ARMA Conference, as I accepted the piirus.ac.uk sponsored award for Technological Innovation and Application, I wished I’d had Sacheen on speed-dial. She could have saved me. I’m not great in the spotlight. Of course, … [Read more...] about Me and Sacheen – in the social media spotlight
In part 1 of our ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic you set up your Twitter account with a picture and biography, and sent your first tweet. What’s next? In part 2 we cover steps six to ten... 6. Create empathy and interest in your tweets In my experience, nothing beats a cat photo to create interest in a tweet. In the absence of … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 2
In a previous post, we shared a few social media tips to start a Twitter account for even the shyest among us. So now that you’ve taken a deep breath and joined, what next? We thought we’d help out with the basics. Here are our first five of ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic and creating a positive representation of yourself that you’re … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 1
More and more often, academics are being encouraged to engage with social media, particularly Twitter. More and more frequently, social media engagement and presence influences how we are perceived nationally and internationally, particularly as funding bodies are beginning to increasingly recognise research outputs that are more social and media and … [Read more...] about Three tips for Twitter as a (shy) newcomer
In this guest blogpost we hear about a forthcoming event which focuses on the role of the media in muslim-majority countries. Scholars are also very welcome to submit papers for panel discussion by 31 July 2016. Internet penetration of the Middle East and South Asia is large and growing, and this allows a profusion of new information and the formation of … [Read more...] about The role of the media in Muslim-majority countries
In this blogpost from piirus.ac.uk member Zoe Bulaitis, English Literature PhD Student, we hear about places that you can look for academic events and conferences to attend. Summer means conference season in academia. From casual graduate symposia popping up across campuses, to the vast annual international gatherings of scholars in one dedicated field, … [Read more...] about How do you find conferences to attend? Some useful sources
Until recently, the only time I'd ever tried live tweeting was while watching BBC Question Time using the dedicated hashtag #bbcqt. Following that hashtag was fascinating, enlightening and often hilarious but I no longer had a clue what was going on in the actual television debate. For this reason I had been reluctant to live tweet at conferences - surely … [Read more...] about I live tweeted, and I liked it.
This guest blogpost by Andrew Marsh (@marshgroup, who works @warwickchem) reveals some of the main reasons for scientists to tweet and is full of useful examples. Why would researchers, students and academics want to share experiences or their views on research through social media? Well, at its most basic, isn’t that what we do all the time through … [Read more...] about From #realtimechem to #whywedoresearch: Who are the Tweeting scientists?