Last fall UBC Library – in partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – initiated FIRE Talks: Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchange. FIRE Talks are intended to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their research to an audience of their peers and then engage in an interdisciplinary discussion related to a central theme. Students benefit from this in any number of ways, including: learning to present the salient details of their research in five minutes; finding opportunities to meet and potentially collaborate with other grad students in diverse disciplines; and thinking about their own research from new perspectives.
There are three upcoming FIRE Talks that may be of interest to graduate students in your classes and/or department:
Applied Academia (28 Feb)
Ethics (14 March)
Research Dissemination (27 March)
Proposals are being accepted for all three of these talks. The deadline for Applied Academia is coming up on the 20th of February.
If you have any classes or students who you think may be interested, or who may want to practice for the 3 minute thesis or their dissertation defense, please forward this invitation to them. Presentations can be parts of a dissertation, a research paper, or even questions and ideas students wish to explore. The aim is to inspire interdisciplinary discussion among a broad group of graduate students and provide a venue for connection and discussion.
You can find out more about the FIRE Talks here: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/fire-talks/
Students can submit their proposals here: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/fire-talks/proposal-submission-form/
Students can also attend the talks as part of the audience, which also allows them to engage in the discussion portion of the event. Registration links are provided on the individual FIRE Talk webpages, accessed through the first link above.