The SPHR Researchers’ Network (ResNet) held its annual event in person on 1st September 2022 at the Birmingham Library in the City’s Centenary Square. This was an opportunity for members of the community to network, share career journey experiences and hear from speakers about a range of topics.
ResNet is a community for SPHR Early Career Researchers (ECRs) interested in public health research. ResNet provides opportunities for networking, training and funding and is self-led by members of the community.
Members heard from the Chair of ResNet, Dr Katie Powell and the Deputy Chair, Mario Martínez-Jiménez about the latest updates from the community. Members thanked Katie and Mario who are stepping down from their positions for their work in ResNet. ResNet is now receiving expressions of interest for a new Chair and Deputy Chair, if you are interested or would like to find out more about this please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next session ‘Research and Policy, Lessons from the front line’ included talks from Scott Lloyd, a public health practitioner for Middlesbrough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council; Beelin Baxter from the Department for Health and Social Care; and Ashley Adamson, Director of SPHR. These talks, followed by a panel discussion, were an opportunity to hear first-hand examples of public health policies being put into practice, the policy landscape in comparison to academia, and advice generally for researchers engaging with policymakers.
Dr Anthony Laverty and Professor Emma Frew presented on their career journey experiences, the ups and the downs and advice they would give to early career researchers embarking upon careers in research. A key point discussed in both talks was the career lows as well as the highs, and the importance of discussing these to share experiences and improve resilience in response to disappointments such as unsuccessful funding applications.
In the afternoon, Professor G.J. Melendez Torres led a writing workshop exploring how to write well – from scientific articles to grants. In this session, members reflected on their own writing styles, preferences and the perfect environment for productive writing. This was a great opportunity to hear what works well for others and get new ideas and tips to apply to your own writing.
Members also had the opportunity to network through a range of different exercises such as networking bingo and to brainstorm ideas for communication within the community and ways to effectively connect and collaborate with each other.