Sep 02 2016 Posted: 00:00 IST

On September 2nd 2016, the first ever CÚRAM Researcher Orientation Day took place at NUI Galway. Overall, 36 CÚRAM-funded researchers (post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research associates) from all partner universities attended the event.

Orientation day also saw the formation of our researcher committees. Emmanouil Kasotakis has taken on the role of Chairperson of The CÚRAM Post-doctoral Council. This council aims to strengthen the career prospects of our senior researchers.

The post-graduate students also formed a committee – The CÚRAM Young Researcher Leadership Council. This council aims to increase the communication between post-graduate researchers and to build up a strong and supportive community. The Young Researcher Leadership Council will be organizing a student-led event to coincide with the Annual Retreat in 2017.

In the afternoon, we were delighted to have Prof. Brian Trench, science communication guru, speak to us on the topic of Telling Your Story, Communicating Your Research”. Here, Prof. Trench explored the reasons and methods for taking on public engagement as an opportunity rather than a burden. We had great feedback from members of the ~100-strong audience coming from the schools of science, medicine & engineering at NUI Galway, as well as CÚRAM-funded researchers from across Ireland. Many thanks to Prof. Trench for a really insightful and stimulating presentation which provoked a very interesting discussion!

Ruth Dooley


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