Information science researchers with interests in Everyday Life Information Seeking, and information behaviours in online environments, are invited to register for a research symposium to be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June 2017. Registration is free to all (whether established academics, early career researchers or PhD students), with a number of travel bursaries available to support the participation of PhD students (please see below).
The title of the symposium – Connecting People, Connecting Ideas (CPCI) – reflects its two main goals. These are to provide an opportunity for researchers from a range of institutions (both from the UK and beyond) who share interests in information behaviours and use:
- To forge new connections with one another, with a view towards possible future collaborations;
- To consider research priorities in the domain, and seed ideas for future work, such as grant applications, publications, conference papers, events etc.
The themes for discussion on the day will be determined in part by the delegates themselves through remote completion of a short pre-symposium exercise using the Well Sorted tool. The outputs of this short exercise will establish core interests of the group members in advance of meeting together on Thursday 22 June.
The programme for the day itself begins with a keynote paper presented by Professor Simeon Yates, Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital in Liverpool. In 2016/17 Yates has led a global team on the ESRC-funded project Ways of being in a digital age. Taking the form of a scoping review, Ways of being in a digital age has addressed questions related to the role of digital technology in our lives, and the ways in which technological and social change co-evolve and impact on each other.
The discussions which follow – with reference to the output of the pre-symposium exercise – will be facilitated by an international multidisciplinary team that includes:
Mike Chantler: Professor of Computer Science, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. (Read more about Professor Chantler on the Heriot Watt University web pages.)
Brian Detlor: Professor and Chair in Information Systems, DeGroote Business School at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. (Read more about Professor Detlor on his personal web pages.)
Annemaree Lloyd: Professor in Library and Information Science, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden. (Read more about Professor Lloyd on her web site.)
Wendy Moncur: Interdisciplinary Professor of Digital Living, University of Dundee, Scotland. (Read more about Professor Moncur on her web site.)
The event is organised by Frances Ryan. I will be chairing it at the Edinburgh Napier Craiglockhart campus.
More about the bursaries for PhD students
The travel bursaries are for four PhD students as a contribution to their travel costs up to £50. Bursary application forms will be emailed to eligible participants after they complete the symposium registration form on EventBrite.