North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

An Overseas Institutional Visit at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Andrea Aparicio Castro, Social Statistics, University of Manchester (2018 Cohort)

This summer, I went to Austria to do an Overseas Institutional Visit at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), which is a research institute focused on policy-oriented research. My Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) was framed within the 2021 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) that IIASA holds annually. The YSSP is a highly selective program that provides a unique opportunity for young scholars to advance their research. My OIV was accepted to the Population and Just Societies program (POPJUS) and aimed to forecast the spatial and temporal patterns of bilateral international migration flows between Europe and South America from 1986 to 2060.

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Attending the EABCT 2021 Conference

Peter Panayi, Psychology, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)

In September 2021, I attended my first conference: the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) 2021 in Belfast, NI. I had completed the first study of my PhD at this point, and presented the findings thereof as part of a wider symposium on trauma in people with psychosis.

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A brief guide to your first academic conference

Samantha Booth, Psychology, University of Manchester (2018 Cohort)

So your abstract has just been accepted to an academic conference. What should I expect and how can I make the most out of the experience?…Here’s 5 quick pointers to get you started.

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Want to release the causal inference genie? Attend the Summer (/Winter) School in Causal Inference with Observational data!

Emma Thornton, Psychology, University of Liverpool (2017 Cohort)

After 18 long months of working from home with only my dog for company, at the beginning of September I was lucky to attend The Alan Turing Institute Summer School in Causal Inference with Observational Data at the University of Leeds. In person! Now I know some of you may be wary about attending your first events in person (and having to socialise) but hopefully I can put your mind at ease. By attending this course in person, I had the opportunity to meet new people for the first time, and also meet friendly faces that I had only ever seen over Zoom (and what better way to do this than eating different cuisines every night such as Thai, Japanese and Indian). Although going out for dinner used to be the norm – this felt like such a treat and socialising in person really made this experience great.

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