Preparing for the DREaM project workshops

Edinburgh Napier Craighouse.

Edinburgh Napier Craighouse campus (Photo credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/fluxflixflex/)

With the first of the three DREaM project workshops at Edinburgh Napier Craighouse campus under two weeks away, it’s been a busy week for the DREaM project team.

If you’ve signed up for the workshops, in the past couple of days you will have received an e-mail from Christine Irving about the first workshop, which takes place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th October. Christine will be contacting delegates again next week with the final joining instructions for the event.

While Christine has been looking after the delegates, our event amplifier Kirsty Pitkin has been talking to the workshop 1 speakers about the topics that they will be covering in Edinburgh. Keep an eye on these web pages to read previews of each of the sessions. The speakers have also been working on their presentations and other session material. Tomorrow and Monday we’ll be sending masters of these, along with other documents, to be printed for the workshop 1 delegate packs. Kirsty will amplifying the event on 25 October. So, by then, all the presentations will be available to view online, and remote delegates will be able to follow proceedings from a CoverItLive site (to be set up by Kirsty) as well as from the Twitter hash tag #lis_dream2.

At the same time the DREaM project co-investigators Hazel Hall and Charles Oppenheim have been planning the rest of the schedule for the set of three workshops. The full programme for the second workshop in London on Monday 30 January is now available. For the third workshop on 25 April in Edinburgh we have all but one speaker name already confirmed.

Our DREaM workshop delegates have also been busy. A few more have joined the DREaM online community, started following @LIS_DREaM on Twitter, and added their names to the lanyrds for the three DREaM workshops. It’s been good to see delegates corresponding with one another in advance of the first workshop, and to witness the flurry of congratulation messages conveyed to the six PhD student/new professional bursary winners after they were announced on Tuesday. (We have also added everyone for whom we have a Twitter name to the DREaM participant Twitter list.) Some of the workshop delegates local to Edinburgh are currently planning an informal social get-together for anyone who will be in the city on the evening of Monday 24 October, the day before the first workshop. Details of this will be sent out to delegates next week in the workshop joining instructions e-mail.

We have now closed online registrations for the workshops. However, if there is anyone else who would like to make an enquiry about registering, or who has a query about an earlier online registration, please contact Hazel Hall by e-mail.

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