Research for Academic Audiences (Part A & B)

This workshop focussed on communicating our research effectively to an academic audience through poster and oral presentations.  The seminar session comprised panel comprising of  Professor Geoff Webb and Dr Maria Santiago. The workshop session was conducted by Julie Holden.

Date: Thursday 26 May & 9 June 2016
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: Room 7.84, Caulfield Campus.

The workshop allowed us to understand how one can effectively share our contribution at conferences and in journals. It is a good practise to go over the past publications from the journal and conference one is aiming for to get some idea on:

  • whether your contribution is suitable for that conference/journal.
  • how the idea is put across (tone, language, formatting, layout etc)

Having a discussion with the supervisors is a really starting point to start surveying which journals and conferences to target and their specific writing styles.

Some other interesting things to note from Part B of the workshop was:

  1. Comments given during review process for journals and conference submission is extremely helpful to improve the research (in most situations).
  2. While the research stays stable and develops, the audience changes:
    • industry
    • media & layman
    • journals
    • funding committees
    • etc
  3. Abstracts have to be precise (150-250 words) and gives an overview of the research:
    • Background – What is your paper about?
    • Question – Why is it an important topic/problem/research question?
    • Approach – How does your research address the topic/problem/research question?
    • Outcome – So what? What is the significance of the anticipated outcome?

In summary, any research should have:

  • a clearly defined research problem,
  • clearly highlighted significance,
  • a properly identified research method/approach,
  • clearly outlined solution/outcome,
  • a clear aim.

Overall, I really enjoyed the discussion and reflections during this session.


My Abstract (first draft)