The 13th Annual Manchester Met PGR Conference
Last week was the 13th Annual Manchester Met PGR Conference, and I'm happy to say it was a complete success (barring the few slight technical errors)! It was the first time the conference has been online and, as a committee, we had the job of not only organising the conference but also navigating the world of online conferencing for the first time. This forced shift online by COVID was, in a way, beneficial; it encouraged us to think outside of the box and be more creative in the ways we communicated our message and - more importantly - the research to our audience. We hosted a podcast, created poster and podcast brochures, our event schedule and conference information brochure was interactive, and we've even created conference proceedings (to be published!).
So, how do I know it was successful? I'm biased! Well, we've had some lovely feedback from our delegates. What especially pleased us was the statement that the conference was more accessible to part-time and distance learners this year. We even engaged with PGRs internationally, with presenters hailing from as far as Australia and Nigeria! However, the conference would not have been such a success if it had not been for the hard work of my committee colleagues in the run up to the event, and on the day of the conference. I'm very grateful to have had the chance to work with such great people!
Additionally, alongside my roles as Chair and Marketing Co-Lead on the organising committee for the conference this year, I gave an oral presentation at the conference on my systematic review and future work coming from this. For this, I was lucky to receive first place for my presentation from our fantastic volunteer academic judges - and for my first oral presentation at a conference too. An all round great experience, and one that I would recommend to any PGR.