Whirlwind USA trip

When the opportunity to attend the inaugural Conservation Marketing and Engagement Congress (CONSMARK) in Virginia USA came up- myself, along with three colleagues, jumped at the opportunity. We spent 6 nights in Arlington Virginia. The conference went for three days but we added on a few nights before. Three of us then flew to Vegas to start a week and […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Bianca, PhD student researching evolutionary and clinical psychology.

Hi! My name is Bianca, and I am a third year psychology PhD student from South Australia. My research is in evolutionary and clinical psychology, looking at how early life environment and childhood experiences affect our development, and how this is related to experiences of mental health concerns. To be more specific, I am looking at a life history explanation […]

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‘Must-take’ Conference Items

This is a check list of my ‘must-take’ conference items. This list is for the conference itself not the entire trip (if you are travelling for a conference). 1) A water bottle- I do not leave the house without a water bottle, so this is an obvious choice for me. Although most conferences will provide water, having your own bottle is easier and means less plastic cups (better for the environment!). 2) Back up snack- Again you generally are provided with food at conferences, however taking back up snacks is a good safety net (in case you do not like the food provided, or like me, you have dietary requirements). 3) Paper/pen- You most likely will not take detailed notes like you would (or should) in a undergraduate lecture, but the talks may inspire you or discuss something you haven’t heard of before and that you want to remember. 4) A smile- Cliché yes, but necessary also. 5) Business cards- Which is something I actually did not take. As a first year PhD student it did not even occur to me that I should have business cards, they feel way too professional! However, I was asked multiple times for a card so I have learnt my lesson. 6) Laptop- There are many breaks throughout the day when you can sneak 10 minutes to reply to emails, or even finish a small task. 7) Layered clothing- No matter what the season or […]

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