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Postgraduate Forum Annual Conference Training Symposium (PGF-ACTS)

Delegates undertaking Masters and PhD level research are invited to attend a training and networking symposium on the Tuesday before the Annual Conference begins, hosted and subsidised by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum.

About the symposium

PGF-ACTS is organised jointly by the PGF and the RGS-IBG to provide a training and networking opportunity for postgraduates attending the RGS-IBG Annual Conference. As it is held the day prior to the start of the Annual International Conference it also provides an opportunity for postgraduates to get to know other delegates and the conference venue before the start of the full conference.

Workshops, panel discussions and opportunities for Q&A, led by established professional geographers and other experts, will enable postgraduates to develop transferable skills whilst also enriching the experience and value of attending the conference.

We are delighted to announce the programme for PGF-ACTS:




Registration and Lunch


Opening Address:  

Llinos Brown (University of Central Lancashire, UK and outgoing chair of PG Forum) and Sarah Evans (Professional Officer for Conference and Research Groups, RGS-IBG).


Getting the most out of the conference:  

An engaging session designed to welcome postgraduate Geographers to the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, by providing a supportive networking environment for postgraduate students and early career researchers. The session will look at how to get the most out of the conference, and include ice-breaker activities. 

Speakers: Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter, UK)




Public engagement, communicating geographical research and developing a research profile.  

Want to communicate your research to a wider audience? This workshop will explore ways to communicate your research, identify audiences, engage the public, and develop your research profile strategies, including use of social media.

Speakers: Peter Kraftl (University of Birmingham, UK) and Fiona Nash (Managing Editor: Journals, RGS-IBG)


Tea and coffee break


Planning outputs vs generating impact

 An introductory session, concentrating on the difference between planning outputs vs generating impact.

 Speakers: Nina Laurie (Newcastle University, UK and Chair of DARG)


Workshop feedback and discussion


Closing remarks and evaluation

 Jonathan Duckett and Natalie Tebbett (both Loughborough University, UK and PGF ACTS co-ordinators) and  Greg Thomas (Aberystwyth University, UK and incoming chair of PG Forum)


Conference opening plenary session, followed by a drinks reception.


Other postgraduate events taking place at the conference:

Thursday 3rd September: Postgraduate Networking Event: 09.00, Newman Building Lecture Theatre F/Red

Thursday 3rd September: All are welcome to join the early‐career researchers drinks reception, sponsored by Area and the PGF. 18:45, in the Peter Chalk Centre Foyer.

Friday 4th September: Postgraduate Forum Meeting – find out more about our work and how to get involved: 13.10, Forum Seminar Room 11

Get connected during the conference...

Join other postgraduates and early‐career researchers for coffee or lunch—see the Conference Noticeboard (near Registration) or follow us on Twitter to find out about meeting places and other events.

Follow @PGF_RGSIBG on Twitter for live tweets during the conference.

Use the conference hashtag #RGSIBG15 when tweeting.

Mary Greene (RGS-IBG PGF Secretary 2014-15) has put together a personal guide to conference attendance for postgraduates attending their first conference, which is available as a pdf here: A Postgraduate's Guide to Conference Attendance.

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