Horizons Institute events

Remaking Places: Remaking workshops

Take a deep dive on topics that can Remake Places. These events include case studies, insights from practitioners, key research ideas, methods, tools and techniques on people-powered place remaking; diverse and community economies beyond growth; regenerating nature; and local and affordable food systems.

Network for Time: Communicating Time

Tuesday 16 April, 10am–4.30pm, Newlyn Building

The need to communicate time, and time-based phenomena, cuts across every discipline. It is essential to the distribution of findings, the implementation of effective long-term policy, the construction of narratives and arguments, and the dissemination of key messages. All these areas require us to optimally communicate concepts of time that frequently don’t fit within the dominant, short-term-focused world and society in which we live. Tackling the problematic mismatch in timescales between macro-scale phenomena and the everyday experience, or between continuous, ‘slow’ phenomena and the events-driven information-delivery systems of modern society, is a fundamental challenge.

This in-person sandpit workshop aims to bring diverse researchers together to identify productive overlaps across disciplines, to create potential collaborations, and begin to outline research proposals for how we can better communicate ideas of time with one another.

We will also be joined by Samantha Aspinall, Head of Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Leeds. Samantha is currently on secondment to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to develop their interdisciplinary cross-council funding scheme. Samantha will be discussing interdisciplinary research development and funding.

Reimagine Ageing: Addressing the Grand Challenges of Aging

Tuesday 16 April, 10.30am–3.30pm, Newlyn building

Interdisciplinary approaches are needed to address the Grand Challenges of Ageing. This event from the Reimagine Ageing Network will look at how to use the network as a platform to develop interdisciplinary research ideas and funding proposals.

Through facilitated workshop sessions, participants will develop interdisciplinary research ideas to address identified challenges in Ageing posed by external partners from the Reimagine Ageing network. The sessions will bring together working groups for idea development that could form future collaborations.

The event will include a short presentation by Ulla Kriebernegg, Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Ageing and Care (CIRAC) at the University of Graz who will share best practices and discuss challenging experiences in developing transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research.

We will also be joined by Samantha Aspinall, Head of Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Leeds and currently on secondment to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to develop their cross-research council funding scheme and set-up their interdisciplinary assessment college, who will discuss interdisciplinary research development and funding.

Reimagine Ageing: Understanding the impact agenda

Wednesday 1 May, 12.30–2pm, Online 

This event will provide an overview of the impact agenda placing it in the context of the University and of Higher Education and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) more broadly.

We will be joined by Ged Hall (Academic Development Consultant) and Elizabeth Garcha (Head of Research Quality and Impact) to consider what impact is, how to measure impact, and where in the project cycle you should start thinking about impact and why.

We will also look at selected case-studies, relevant to ageing research, to highlight how to deliver and evidence impact from research.

Insight Series: How to develop your career as a pracademic researcher

Tuesday 14 May, 11am–12pm, Online

Drawing on the recently published edited collection, colleagues are invited to join this workshop that focuses on the topic of pracademics (those with dual practitioner and academic professional experience). During the session, we will outline the inspiration for the research, summarise the methodological approach, discuss the key findings, and highlight proposed next steps for this stream of research.

As part of this interactive workshop, colleagues are invited to explore the creative method that was used for this research by bringing with them to the session an artefact that they believe best represents their own professional identity and/or career transitions. During the workshop, we will encourage colleagues to draw on these artefacts in engaging in a collaborative discussion around professional development.