Commit f3906d04 authored by Cassandra Gould van Praag's avatar Cassandra Gould van Praag
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- Clinical Neuroscience
- Physics Research
An analysis of WIP presenters in 2019 (taken as an indicative pre-pandemic year), however, shows that most presentations are lead by researchers associated with Basic or Clinical Neuroscience (one presentation was also given by a research who's primary affiliation was in the Department of Experimental Psychology) (see Figure 1).
An analysis of WIP presenters in 2019 (taken as an indicative pre-pandemic year), shows that most presentations are lead by researchers associated with Basic or Clinical Neuroscience, one from a Physics group, and non from the Analysis groups. One presentation was also given by a research who's primary affiliation was in the Department of Experimental Psychology (see Figure 1).
![WIP 2019 presenters by theme](WIPS-2019-byTheme.png)
*Figure 1: Research themes of WIP presenters in 2019*
The impact of this uneven research theme distribution is multifactorial:
1. WIN members do not have an accessible opportunity to learn about the full breadth of research being conducted at WIN.
2. Physics and analysis researchers do not have an open forum for feedback from applied researchers regarding the translational and clinical aspects of their work.
3. Physics and Analysis students are not maximising on the opportunity to practice presenting their research to a broad audience.
2. Physics and Analysis researchers do not have an open forum for feedback from applied researchers regarding the translational and clinical aspects of their work.
3. Physics and Analysis students do not have an equal opportunity to present their research to a broad audience.
The proposed changes to the practice and scope of WIP meetings seeks to address this uneven distribution of WIP presentations to: 1) more completely communicate the breadth of WIN research; 2) highlight and encourage researchers to consider the translational value of their work across the centre; 3) give equal opportunity to WIN students and Early Career Researchers to present to a broad and receptive audience.
### The solutions
#### Promoting the value of translational and clinical insight
WIN is committed to delivering research with a high potential for translational impact. As such we aim to foster close relationships between researchers working at the differing stages of methods development and clinical application. Such relationships and knowledge of each others activities can help inform research design and positioning within a wider clinical context.
WIN is committed to delivering research with a high potential for translational impact. As such we aim to foster close relationships between researchers working across all stages of methods development and clinical application. Such relationships and knowledge of each others activities can help inform research design and positioning within a wider clinical context.
We would like to promote the value of a two-way conversation between methods development and applications researchers, so each can contribute their unique expertise at the early stages of a research project. The current imbalance of such open-forum conversations may be addressed by providing additional opportunities for applied researchers to learn about and provide feedback to methods development projects, for example at a WIP presentations. We might suggest that methods researchers prepare WIPs with a specific view to gaining a broader understanding of the translational context and impact of their work.
We would like to promote the value of a two-way conversation between methods development and applications researchers, so each can contribute their unique expertise at the early stages of a research project. Such conversations happen in the direction of methods-to-applied in the current WIP meetings, but we would like to encourage methods researchers to invite contributions from applied researchers to gaining a broader understanding of the translational context and impact of their work early on.
#### Local theme promotors
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WIN recognises that considerable research effort and expertise goes into projects which do not centre experimental or observational data. We would like to promote knowledge exchange around such projects by broadening the range of activities which are deemed appropriate for WIP presentations. This might include projects which centre new software applications or extensions, training materials, protocols and public engagement activities.
## Problem 1: Booking administration and process knowledge
## Problem 2: Booking administration and process knowledge
When a researcher wishes to present a WIP, they rely on word-of-mouth regarding the process for arranging the meeting. Such undocumented processes contribute to poor inclusivity through the potential for unequal access to knowledge.
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