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Early Career Researcher Event

Early Career Researcher Event

This full day event sponsored by the Sharland Foundation Developmental Disabilities ABA Research and Impact Network is designed to support early career researchers in the UK and ROI, in particular PhD students, using behavioural interventions in the field of developmental disabilities. There will be three workshops, each giving participants the chance to hear from leaders in the field and providing helpful suggestions to develop your research and further your career. Throughout the day there will be space to network, both with senior researchers as well as with other early career researchers; in addition, you will have the opportunity to share your own research interests by displaying a poster, giving a presentation or providing a written summary which will be distributed to all participants.

Funding Workshop

Securing funding is an important part of progressing research, but it can be hard to know where and how to apply. This workshop will give you an overview of field-specific funding streams and fellowships. There will also be time to hear from two successful applicants, who can give tips and tricks to help maximise chances of success.

Research workshop

Creating and carrying out research can be challenging, from identifying where to start, to understanding which methodology or analysis is most appropriate. In this workshop, you will learn about field-specific methodologies and ways to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as receive guidance on developing your own research ideas and proposals.

Career workshop

At the beginning of your career, it can be overwhelming to consider where you might end up. This workshop will take the form of a panel discussion involving those working across both academic and applied settings. It will give an overview of the many and varied career pathways within the field, as well as suggest ways to purposefully plan and develop your career.

Presentation and networking opportunity

Explaining research through presentation, and answering questions regarding your research are key but daunting skills. There will be an opportunity for those who wish to do so (on a first come first served basis) to give a 5-minute oral report regarding your current research, and answer a few questions from the audience. Participants may choose instead to display a poster to discuss over lunch. All participants will be asked to provide a written summary of their research interests (a template will be provided). These will be collated and available to all participants on the day.

Link to flyer (pdf)

For more details and to book your place please contact Viki Stafford at