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Workshop: "The Art of Doing Research"

Thursday, June 14, 2018 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Department of Physics, 20 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre


This unique workshop on the art of doing research will be led by Roel Snieder (Colorado School of Mines), as part of his Astor visiting lectureship at Oxford. A prominent expert on the topic, Sneider will base this interactive, hands-on workshop around his books The Art of Being a Scientist, and the Joy of Science.

Being a world-reknown geophysicist himself, Roel teaches this "from the inside" with decades of experience, and has given these acclaimed workshops around the world with extremely positive feedback.

The workshop is open to attendants from all disciplines, and is not restricted to the sciences.

The current model for training researchers is very much like the medieval system where an apprentice follows a master for years of training. This model gives postgraduate students valuable hands-on experience, but what often lacks in this educational model is an explicit transfer of skills and information at a rate and moment in time that is effective for acquiring research skills in a timely manner. In this professional development workshop we cover selected topics from a menu that includes choosing a research topic and an advisor, questions that drive research, challenges and opportunities in science, using the scientific literature, oral and written communication, publishing papers, time management, writing proposals, and applying for a job.

Topics of choice for the workshop.

Bio: Roel Snieder holds the W.M. Keck Distinguished Chair of Professional Development Education at the Colorado School of Mines. He received in 1984 a Masters degree in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University, and in 1987 a Ph.D. in seismology from Utrecht University. In 1993 he was appointed as professor of seismology at Utrecht University, where from 1997-2000 he was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences. Roel served on the editorial boards of Geophysical Journal International, Inverse Problems, Reviews of Geophysics, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the European Journal of Physics. In 2000 he was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is author of the textbooks "A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences", "The Art of Being a Scientist", and "The Joy of Science" that are published by Cambridge University Press. Roel is a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 he was elected as Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and in 2014 he received a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2016 Roel received the Beno Gutenberg Medal from the European Geophysical Union and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. From 2000-2014 he was a firefighter in Genesee Fire Rescue where he served for two years as Fire Chief.

University of Oxford only