Impact – 1

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I have been considering redesigning this website and, because of this reason, I have been gathering inspiration from several sources: the blogs and websites of others, lists of the “dos and don’ts” of scientific communication, etcetera. I’d also love to incorporate more infographics, somehow… but this takes time and skills! In any case, more about this in due course.

For now I’d like to guide your attention to a blog post I have written for the UK Data Service, part 1 of a series, which can be found here. Reflecting. on this concept, as well as what I’ve written, I think ‘impact’ is a very interesting concept, one that guides where most of the funding goes in academia, yet which is difficult if not impossible to accurately measure. In some ways this measurement is not fair, because it creates ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. However, life isn’t fair, and for the sake of supporting (potentially) impactful research, the use of measurement can be regarded as a necessary evil.

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Research Data Impact Fellow

I am delighted to share that starting this month I will be taking up a 2-year fellowship with the UK Data Service as a Data Impact Fellow.  This fellowship programme helps a number of researchers who are using UK Data Service data with making an impact by supporting public engagement activities.

A blog post summarising my research project as well as my plans can be found here, on the Data Impact Blog.

Let’s impact!

The value of context-specific communication and interdisciplinarity

In my spare time I sometimes work for a foundation. This foundation wants to communicate academic research in the fields of marketing, PR, advertising, etcetera, to practitioners. Think about marketeers, business owners, PR specialists…

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Lessons learned: being a ‘digital scholar’

When I attend PhD training sessions, courses and events, we are always reminded that a successful PhD candidacy (at least somewhat, and perhaps even largely) depends on making an impact. In brief, being impactful = PhD success.

Knowing this, I have been reading about how to be an ‘open scholar’ or ‘digital scholar’. This is because I believe that (junior) academics rely on digital platforms for sharing knowledge and information. One of the books I’ve been reading is Martin Weller’s The Digital Scholar (2011)

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Short trips to Cambridge and Edinburgh

I have to admit I’m guilty of staying within my comfort zone quite a bit. As a result, I haven’t traveled much since moving to the UK. However, trying to make a change, I have recently visited a friend in Cambridge and met up with another friend in Edinburgh, Scotland, both for a couple of days. Continue reading “Short trips to Cambridge and Edinburgh”