NERC project conference and seminar presentations
|Go team! There was liberal use of the poop emoji.|
I was also very proud to see geoarchaeology PhD student Alicia Sawyer give a great presentation on her work on Viking middens in Iceland. I left the conference feeling like we had all really achieved something, the beginnings of a new international network of early career researchers doing new and exciting work. Though I guess I really don't count as an early career researcher anymore; I passed my 2 year probation at Newcastle and was also promoted to Senior Lecturer this semester. The stresses of being an ECR however are still very fresh in my mind. I am determined to build a lab team that is sustainable in terms of our research, but that also gives equal support to individuals building a long term career, whether that be pursuing academia or any other option. I would rather have a small team and be able to give people lots of support, than have a huge lab where people are left to fend for themselves when funding runs out.
Last week I gave the first seminar on the NERC project at Northumbria University's Geography and Environmental Sciences department. Northumbria is located literally over the road from us in the center of Newcastle, and it is a travesty that I have not visited until now. We made contact a while ago as there are several colleagues there with interests in geoarchaeology and palaeoecology.