Teaching in geography, earth and environmental sciences: Workshop for early-career academics

The RGS-IBG is hosting a two-day workshop (Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 November 2016) for early-career academics in geography, earth and environmental sciences who are interested in developing their teaching skills and networking with others at the same career stage.

It will include a range of workshops covering such topics as: fieldwork, data skills, assessment and feedback, strategies for large-group teaching, course design, applying for professional recognition and planning for career progression.

Workshop leaders include Professor Jo Bullard (Loughborough) and Professor Gordon Curry (Glasgow) and a range of academics from across the GEES disciplines.  It is being developed and delivered in collaboration with the Institution of Environmental Sciences, the Geological Society and the British Society for Geomorphology.

More information, including a link to registration, is online at www.rgs.org/TeachingGEES

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The Antipode Foundation’s Scholar-Activist Project and International Workshop Awards, 2017

The Antipode Foundation have just announce the fifth year of the Scholar-Activist Project and International Workshop Awards.

Scholar-Activist Project Awards are single-year grants of up to £10,000 intended to support collaborations between academics and students and non-academic activists (from non-governmental organisations, think tanks, social movements, or community/grassroots organisations, among other places), including programmes of action-orientated and participatory research and publicly-focused forms of geographical investigation. They offer opportunities for scholars to relate to civil society and make mutually beneficial connections.

International Workshop Awards are single-year grants of up to £10,000 available to groups of radical/critical geographers staging events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series and summer schools) that involve the exchange of ideas across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries and intra/international borders, and lead to the building of productive, durable relationships. They make capacity-building possible by enabling the development of a community of researchers.

Activists (of all kinds) and students as well as academics are welcome to apply, and applications are welcome from those based outside geography departments; historians, political scientists and many others can apply if their work contributes to radical/critical geographic conversations. Also, the Foundation welcomes proposals from historically under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions.

For more information, including application forms and details of recent awardees, see https://antipodefoundation.org/scholar-activist-project-awards/ and https://antipodefoundation.org/international-workshop-awards/ or just get in touch with Andy Kent – antipode@live.co.uk – with any questions.

Call for PGR Papers: Pre-Conference Symposium of the Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG)

The FGWG is a newly established research collective within the RGS-IBG. Our primary aim is to be an interdisciplinary network for all interested in the broad area of ‘food geographies’. PGRs are critical to this, and so the opportunity for PhD and Masters students to showcase their work and influence the future direction of the FGWG is central to our 2016 pre-conference symposium.

This one-day symposium will focus on new concepts, methodologies and areas in food geographies research in order to develop collaborations and stimulate innovative research within and beyond this newly established group. Given the ongoing global crises around both food production and consumption, it remains critical and timely to cut across the existing RGS-IBG research groups and bring together all those interested in these issues to explore new ways to think about, and engage with, such challenges.

The draft schedule for the day is:

09:30     Welcome and introduction (Dr Mags Adams, University of Salford)

09.45     Keynote panel on ‘New Directions in Food Geographies?’ (speakers tbc)

11.00     Coffee

11.30     Postgraduate PechaKucha presentations

13.00     Lunch

14.00     Workshop on ‘New Opportunities for Food Geographies’

16.00     Rapporteur(s)

 

We welcome PGR presentations adopting a ‘PechaKucha’ format (PechaKucha is of Japanese origin and involves giving 20 quick-fire slides of 20 secs each, totalling 6 min 40 sec each. Your slides should be timed to advance automatically every 20 seconds). This will enable greater participation during the symposium as well as ensuring a more informal/friendly environment for presenting students. The focus of the PechaKuchas should be on your work in the area of food geographies, from the methods used to any results thus far. Through using such a format, we hope to understand the array of early career research emerging in preparation for a co-produced statement paper to be published in The Geographical Journal. Furthermore, PGRs will play a direct role in the symposium through helping to shape the very future of the FGWG.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to Dr Mike Hardman via m.hardman@salford.ac.uk by 1st July 2016.