Early Career Solution Room

Talk Code: 
Jo Butterworth, Emily Fletcher, Judit Konya
Author institutions: 
University of Exeter

Post meeting follow up responses to unanswered questions


An engaging and interactive workshop for Early Career Researchers, delivered in a “Solution Room” style, with the aim of addressing attendees most pressing career-related questions and concerns.       

Preparation and format:   

After registering for the workshop, attendees are emailed to ask for their most pressing career-related questions/concerns.  Attendees come prepared to discuss one question/concern each in a small group format.    An ‘expert advisory panel’ have all agreed to attend.

They are:   Helen Atherton, Sue Richards, Chris Clark and Phil Evans.   

The panel will come prepared to introduce themselves and to aid facilitation of small groups but mostly to provide the answers (“solutions”) to the most common/pressing questions/concerns at the end of the session.  Workshop organisers will inform the panel of the concerns that are likely to be raised, based on the email response from registered attendees.       

Workshop content:   

Introduction from workshop organisers  Introductions from the panel  Organisers provide an explanation of the task   

Small groups brainstorm and scribe each individual’s problem using interactive whiteboards.  Brainstorms are sent electronically from interactive whiteboards to the main screen for whole room viewing.  The group nominates a spokesperson who summarises each table’s main questions/concerns to the whole room.   

The panel take it in turns to describe their own inspirational career pathway.  (Meanwhile the organisers amalgamate the small group questions and prioritise them to present to the panel).   

Questions/concerns are answered by the panel.  Workshop organisers scribe and summarise the “solutions” using interactive whiteboards   

Closing -  signposting for any unanswered questions  Inform audience that workshop organisers will email information scribed during answer session.       

Intended audience:   

Clinical and non-clinical early career researchers