About the summer school

The second HDRUK Summer School is an opportunity for PhD students, early-mid career researchers and technology specialists working in all areas of health data science and research to present their work, meet with peers, learn how to effectively communicate with non-expert and expert audiences through interactive sessions, and take part in a structured collaboration and innovation workshop to develop new interdisciplinary ideas and receive feedback from experienced researchers and directors across HDRUK.

Places are limited. Registration deadline 20 August 2020.

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The objectives are five-fold:

1. Share and discuss you work with your peers

2. Learn about the latest scientific developments across the HDRUK through guest key note speakers

3. Develop and apply newly acquired skills to communicate with a range of audiences

4. Learn how to develop new ideas using a design thinking approach

5. Join your peers and other HDRUK researchers to think innovatively and develop your research ideas, and learn how they are judged at funding panels

Outline of days

The four day virtual summer school will take place from 1-4 September 2020.

The first day will focus on sharing your work and your experiences through a series of rapid fire oral presentations.

On the second day, led by an experienced communication and media team who have worked with the BBC and other media outlets, you will be equipped with skills to be confident in communication with at least two different audiences. In three parallel session you will be able to explore three communication styles: getting you point across on social media, public engagement and media interviews.

On days three and four you will work in small groups to develop some initial health data science research ideas explored in days one and two in more detail and formulate a more detail plan that will be presented to a panel of experienced researchers and funders, with the potential opportunity that one can be taken forward for further exploration and development.

Number of places and costs

There are up to 60 spaces available for this event.

Key dates, registration and notification

The final deadline for registration will be 20 August 2020 16.00 hours

Further details and links will follow registration and be sent to you closer to the time.

Online materials and research ideas

As part of the course, participants are required to take part in some prior online learning. The activities will allow you to work through some materials in your own time that will provide you with the grounding to do effective communication and participate in the interactive sessions on day 2.

The prior learning should take you no longer than an hour. As part of this you will be asked to write a short abstract of 200 words about your research/work project. This online content will be delivered via an online platform: details will be provided on registration.

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