Massive thanks to everyone that filled in the survey asking for ideas on what sort of events you guys would like to see at a big international conference. We were really pleased to have 51 responses and we thought it would be a good idea to feedback the results to everyone. This information will be used to help us (and others) plan these events for future conferences.
1. If you were to attend the WCPT congress, which of the following events for ECRs would you participate in? (You can choose more than one option)
a) A discussion workshop 72.5%
b) A plenary lecture aimed at ECRs 54.9%
c) A session where ECRs could present their work 51.0%
d) A social event (e.g. dinner/drinks/fun run) 64.7%
e) Other ideas: Perhaps debates?
2. What would you be most interested in doing at the congress? (You can choose more than one option)
a) Hearing the work of other ECRs 52.9%
b) Identifying potential research collaborations 84.3%
c) Learning how to be successful in research 56.9%
d) Meeting other ECRs 58.8%
e) Other ideas:
Meeting ECRs and seniors who also work/used to work as a clinician.
Learning how to be successful in combining research and clinical work.
3. Which groups would you like to communicate/collaborate with more? (You can choose more than one option)
a) Clinicians 54.9%
b) Patients/study participants 17.6%
c) Other ECRs 70.6%
d) Researchers in low income countries 33.3%
e) Established researchers from other groups 76.5%
f) Other ideas:
Those with a background in both research and clinical work
Researchers that are doing research about the same topic as me
4. What topics would you be interested in hearing more about, or discussing with others? (You can choose more than one answer)
a) Research careers 66.7%
b) Work-life balance 33.3%
c) Research skills 58.8%
d) Personal reflections 23.5%
e) Presentation skills 23.5%
f) Writing skills 33.3%
g) Collaboration 76.5%
h) Other: Writing grant applications
What we made of the results
We think this tells us that ECRs are interested in opportunities for direct interaction with peers from other research groups. To be honest this doesn’t really surprise us too much and was in fact one of the motivating factors behind starting up the ICECReam in the first place. Clearly, one of the biggest drivers behind meeting with others is to explore collaborative opportunities.
We also had a free response question in the survey asking for any other ideas people might have. While we had quite a number of different responses, below are some issues that came up regularly:
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