It sounds weird for a grown man to put those words in the same sentence and to be proud of it… but it’s true and this is why: last week I participated in the London School of Economics’ HR Conference, the theme of the conference was Visible and Invisible Diversity at work. (I’ve written about a similar topic here.)
It was a great opportunity because it wasn’t just for academics. It was an opportunity for those researching diversity and those working to promote diversity to come together and share their ideas and experiences. There were some compelling keynote speakers; fascinating presentations and I won an award for my poster. Seriously.
Anyone who regularly attends conferences can tell you that it’s not just about the speakers; a lot of the value comes from outside the conference hall.
Research posters are widely used at academic conferences because they are a punchy way of presenting research to a broad audience. The idea is that if your poster attracts attention you can feedback and maybe even more ideas.
I was told that if you can’t put your ideas into a research poster then it might be too complicated to begin with.
My research poster was not meant for an academic audience but it was meant to get people talking. There was enough to familiarise everyone with the research and enough gaps to encourage a conversation. Evidently, at least some of delegates liked it because it was voted best poster. Hence the award.
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