Transferable Skills Workshop 1

Transferable Skills Workshop I

27-28 February 2020, Aston University, Birmingham UK

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Transferable Skills Workshop I (TSW I)

  • Date: 27-28 Feb 2020
  • Place:  Aston University Birmingham, UK
  • Participants: ESRs from WON and EID projects coordinated by Aston: REAL-NET, FONTE and MOCCA   


ETN WON project in collaboration with three EID projects coordinated by Aston University – FONTE, REAL-NET and MOCCA  organised the first out of three planned Transferable Skills Workshops (TSW) for the Early-Stage Researchers.

The 2 day training event took place at Aston University, Birmingham UK on the 27th-28th February 2020 followed by a social and team building event for the all Workshop's participants.

The Workshop covered topics on scientific writing, open access,  social media engagement, key communication skills, how to create the perfect presentation, networking and team working.

At the end of the 2nd day of the Workshop the participants had a social dinner and a team working event – a cooking class in one of the famous food school in Birmingham Harborne Food School.


Day 1_ 27th Feb_Agenda

09:00 -09:45     From idea to patent – Disciplining your practical ideas, Dr Gorkem Memisoglu (Room: NW708 AiPT Seminar Room)

10:00 – 12:09     Engaging with the social media (Room: MB404D) Dr Annmarie Hanlon, Cranfield School of Management

12:00 – 12:45     How to write for “The Conversation”Stephen Harris,  The Conversation

12:50 – 13:30     Lunch at Conference Aston

13:40 – 14:30     IP presentation (Room: MB231) Dr Claire Howell , Aston University

14:30 – 15:30     How to write a great paper, Rachel Won, Editor of Nature Photonics

15:30 – 15:45     Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30     Open access , Hannah Hickman, Aston University

16:30 – 17:30     Scientific writing , Srikanth Sugavanam, Aston University

17:30 – 18:00     Closing

Day 2_ 28th Feb_Agenda

Richard Fallon, The Marketing Engineer (Room MB227)

09:00 -10:30      Key communication skills

10:30 – 10:45     Coffee Break

10:45 – 13:00     How to create the perfect presentation

13:10 – 14:00     Lunch at Conference Aston

14:10 – 15:45     Session on Networking

15:45 – 16:00     Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00     Session on Team Working

17:00 – 17:30     Closing

18:40 – 22:00     Social Event and Dinner

NW708– North Wing, 7th floor
MB231 – Main Building, 2nd floor room
MB227 – Main Building, 2nd floor room
MB404D – Main Building, 4th floor room;

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Annmarie Hanlon
Academic and Practitioner in Digital Marketing
Annmarie is an academic and practitioner in digital marketing strategy and the application of social media for business.Originally a graduate in French and Linguistics from University of London, Annmarie gained a Master’s in Business Administration, focusing on marketing planning. She studied for the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma for which she won the Worshipful Company of Marketors’ award for the best results worldwide. She subsequently gained a distinction for the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s E-Marketing Award and her PhD investigated social media marketing within organisations and she was awarded the Mais Scholarship. As Course Leader for Social Media Management on the International Executive MBA programme at the University of St Gallen, she planned, designed and delivered this intensive elective course.
Rachel Won
Internal Editor Nature Photonics
Rachel joined Nature Photonics in June 2006 from Aston University’s Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK where she worked as a Medici Fellow commercializing photonics research. She obtained her PhD in optical fibre sensing, microwave photonics and fibre nonlinearities as a member of Aston’s Photonics Research Group. Prior to that, Rachel worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer. She holds a Master’s degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Bachelor’s degree from the National University of Malaysia. Rachel is based in London.
Srikanth Sugavanam
Post-doctoral Research/EU Project Manager at Aston University
Srikanth Sugavanam is a post-doctoral research scientist/EU Project Manager with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), Aston University. He completed his PhD in 2015 from the AIPT under Prof. Sergei Turitsyn, specializing in the area of real-time intensity and spectral measurements of fibre laser dynamics. He has also worked in the area of optical metamaterials, Raman fibre lasers, and random fibre lasers. His contributions have been featured in several international journals, including Nature Photonics and Nature Communications. Apart from actively pursuing research, Srikanth is fulfilling the role of Programme Manager for the Marie S.- Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship programme, MULTIPLY, co-ordinated by Aston University.
Richard Fallon
Technology Supply Chain for Manufacturers, Engineers and Technologists, Marketing Engineer for Professional Services
Richard gained his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Aston University in 1998. He went on to work for British Airways as part of their Business Analyst graduate scheme. In this role, Richard acted as a consultant between the delivery parts of the business and the IT department. He was responsible for putting business cases together and translating customer’s needs into IT requirements and developing new business processes to enable the new system to be efficiently used. While at BA, he became a Qualified Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators. He then worked at a senior BA level for Npower before starting his own business in 2004. Since 2005, he has helped UCB students develop employability skills, has worked with BSEEN and NCGE graduate entrepreneurs and spoke numerous times at BCU. He has also delivered the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 4 Diploma in Management to numerous companies in Birmingham.
Gorkem Memisoglu
MSCA postdoctoral Fellow
Gorkem is an experimental Physicist and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow in project MULTIPLY, currently on secondment at Aston University from Universidad del País Vasco. Gorkem received her PhD in 2015 for her work on hybrid UV-A photodetector preparation and characterization. Having worked in industry for 6 years Gorkem is the inventor or co-inventor of 58 patent applications in both Europe and the US in a wide range of areas, including photonics, optoelectronic devices and consumer electronics.