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Accolade 20/21 - Summer Schedule

This is a list of Accolade support and training events taking place during the Summer Term only. Please click on the event titles to see the facilitators and learning outcomes for each session. To view all our upcoming events including research webinars see our Accolade Calendar. If you'd like to receive invitations to our events, please join our network of postdocs as an Associate Fellow. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact us at


Welcome Back Event: News, Online Resources and Support for Postdocs at Warwick 20/21

With the IAS Team, and guest speaker Oliver Turner, Academic Development Centre

This will be your opportunity to hear from the IAS Team about recent news and updates, including how our programmes and schemes will run this term. We will announce the Accolade schedule for the Summer Term, updates to the Teams space as well as resources and support available to you as a postdoc at Warwick.

Deploying the Accolade Programme in your job application

With Nicola Jones, Athena Professional and Sarah Penny, IAS

In this session you will be reminded of the ground covered on the programme and asked to reflect and share your learning highlights with colleagues. We will co-create a comprehensive collective record which you can use as a reference point for individual reflection. This process will allow you to generate evidence of the competencies you have developed, which you can use to create a compelling job application.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the value of the Accolade Programme
  • Create your own record of evidence of your own professional learning
  • Reflect on your development journey

What does your future employer really want to hear in a presentation?

With Nicola Jones, Athena Professional

In this session we will consider how your presentation can distinguish you as a job candidate. We will work together in small groups to develop key of a powerful short presentation.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Structure a short presentation
  • Understand how to create rapport with the audience
  • Describe ways to establish credibility with the audience


Every metric tells a story: increasing engagement with your publications and measuring their influence

With Julie Robinson, Scholarly Communications Manager, University of Warwick

Julie has been part of the Scholarly Communications Team at the Library since 2018. She provides researchers with training and support around publication and dissemination, Open Access, and using metrics to evaluate research influence, as well as copyright and licensing advice and co-managing the University of Warwick Press. She holds a PhD in Regional Television History.

This interactive session will consider how you can increase the dissemination of your research post-publication using social media and networking. It will also consider how metrics can be used to help create compelling stories about the reach, engagement and impact of your research publications and how this might be useful when seeking funding or advancing your academic career.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the session, participants will understand how:

  • Social media and networking sites can help you to promote and disseminate your research
  • ORCID and other researcher profiles can ensure you receive credit for your publications
  • Citation and alternative metrics can help to identify where and how your research is being accessed, read, shared and cited
  • Metrics can be used responsibly, alongside qualitative data to tell the story of your research


MSCA Fellowship Panel: Hear from Awardees 

With Brian O'Shea, Natercia das Neves Rodrigues & Marco Cinelli.

Chaired by John Burden, Research Strategy & Programme Manager, IAS

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the MSCA-IF fellowship scheme from award holders
  • Consider different approaches to the planning and writing of the MSCA-IF.

The majority of the session will be shaped around the dilemmas and questions you put forward, but indicative topics that may be covered include:

  • Advice on the planning and writing of the MSCA-IF application
  • how to maximise opportunities and consolidate research during a fellowship.


Brian O'Shea

My research in Social, Cultural and Experimental Psychology focuses on the fundamental cognitive mechanisms that underpin how environmental, social, political, and economic factors shape people’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours. Much of my existing work investigates the origins of socio-cognitive mechanisms underpinning prejudice, stereotyping, partisanship, suicide, and defensiveness/trust towards experts. Using experiments and secondary data analysis methods, I probe the distinctions and similarities between implicit (automatic) and explicit (reflexive) attitudes/biases. I completed an International Psychology B.A. at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Ottawa. I hold an M.Sc. in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Ph.D. in Social Experimental Psychology from the University of Warwick. Currently, I am an EU Marie Curie Global Fellow training in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology at Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam. I am also the Head of the International Sites for the world’s largest online virtual laboratory, Project Implicit and Executive Board Member of Project Implicit Health.

Marco Cinelli

Marco is a Decision Engineer and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response (CESER) (formerly National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, USA, (ii) the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen PSI, Switzerland and the Institute of Computing Science at Poznan University of Technology, Poland.

His research focuses on the development of Decision Support Systems (DSS) for materials, processes, energy systems and technologies assessment. The main frameworks he uses include sustainability, resilience and risk assessment, while the decision support methods belong to the area of Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding/Analysis (MCDA).

Between April 2017 and August 2018, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) Programme of Singapore-ETH Centre/ETH Zurich in Singapore. Prior to this, he was an early career fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, UK. He also held, between May 2016 and February 2017, a visiting scientist position at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy.

Natercia das Neves Rodrigues, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK

I was awarded my PhD September 2018, having written a thesis titled ‘Ultrafast Photoprotection Mechanisms: Expediting the Molecular Design of Sunscreen Agents’. I then became an IAS/IATL Early Career Fellow. Currently, I am a Research Fellow in chemistry working on BoostCrop, a EU H2020 project which aims to employ sunscreen photophysical mechanisms to channel the energy from solar radiation to heat-generating pathways which may ultimately be used to help crops cope with extremely cold weather.

Understanding Impact

With Carolyn Silvester (Research Impact Manager – Social Sciences); Josh Cartwright (Research Impact Manager – Science, Engineering and Medicine), Lesley Chikoore (Research Impact Co-ordinator – Science, Engineering and Medicine), Emma Roberts (Impact Project Officer – Faculty of Arts)

Learning Outcomes:

You will

  • Recognise the strategic importance of research impact for universities and your career development
  • Consider and discuss the difference between ‘engagement’ and ‘impact’
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what is required for Research Impact Case Studies

ERC Starting Grant Webinar

With Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Joseph E. Sanzo & Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay

Chaired by John Burden, Research Strategy & Programme Manager, IAS

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the ERC Starting Grant
  • Begin to identify where you may want to incorporate an ERC grant into your longer term career/research plans.
  • Gain insight from award holders on the application and interview process.
  • Consider different approaches to the planning and writing of the ERC grant.

Ask Me Anything (AMA) - The Exchanges Journal +Podcast

With Dr Gareth J Johnson

During this AMA (ask me anything) session you will have the chance to pitch questions to the resident Editor-in-Chief of the Exchanges interdisciplinary research journal. Everything is up for discussion from: how you can get involved to what makes a good ‘podcast’ or even how do I create a special issue? The content of this session will depend entirely on YOU!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the aims and future plans of the Exchanges journal and podcast and how you can get involved.
  • Consider the tasks and challenges of managing an academic journal.

The session will be shaped around the dilemmas and questions you put forward, but indicative topics that may be covered include:

  • Advice on podcast creation, hosting & editing techniques and tips
  • how to maximise opportunities with Exchanges during your fellowship.

Enhancing Undergraduate Learning and Research: Virtual & Interdisciplinary Teaching

With Giulia Champion and Lorenzo Serini

During this session we hope to share with all the fellows our experience as IATL teaching fellows. As well as our experience teaching during COVID, f2f, online and in a blended manner, we are going to share the tools we have used, what worked and what did not work and how this technology can fit our (inter-)disciplinary approach.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider online teaching tools and approaches to support your teaching practice.
  • Reflect on the challenges and opportunities that interdisciplinary teaching presents.
  • Enhance your understanding of student-as-researcher in the context of undergraduate learning.


Additional information: If you would like to discuss or raise any specific points of interdisciplinary and/or online teaching during this session, please let Giulia ( and Lorenzo ( know, we welcome any prompt and topic.

DIY Filmmaking and Content Creation

With Stewart O’Reilly, Gradtrain and HomeRunFilms

To support the launch of the IAS Showreel Project 2021, ‘DIY Filmmaking and Content Creation’ is a brand new Accolade workshop this year that will give fellows an insight into the different methods, techniques and formats of presenting their research through video. It looks at video content creation as a way of promoting fellows and their ideas and will assist in providing a sound knowledge of the filmmaking approach to help with your IAS Showreel Project video. We look at the basics of filmmaking, terminology, camera techniques, equipment (at affordable prices), the social media channels to carry your content, storyboarding, stock libraries, editing and how to leverage the medium to communicate the right kind of message to the relevant audience. Led by a professional filmmaker and actor, this session will be packed with ideas and first-hand experiences to help make you a more conscientious and able storyteller of the moving picture.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Understand the basics of DIY filmmaking and be confident in picking up a camera and capturing high quality visuals and audio
  • Recognise the benefits of the medium as a means to ‘sell’ themselves and their ideas and to build a network
  • Have a good grasp of the channels available to help host and promote their content
  • Have started the first ‘frame’ or chapter of their storyboard for your IAS Showreel Project film (deadline October 2021).

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