Getting the best out of your first conference (online)
Duration 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Training Points 0.5
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target audience: Early to Mid stage postgraduate research students and early career researchers

Are you new to attending conferences? Do feel unsure about how to approach and enhance the experience? This webinar is aimed at students or early career researchers who are planning to go to a conference or symposium who would like the opportunity to explore ways of making the most of the experience.

The course is particularly useful for researchers with little experience of attending conferences or for researchers who may have had a negative experience at a conference and want to enhance their next conference.

There will also be inclusion of content about conference attendance in an online environment due to the current Covid-19 situation.


The course aims to help postgraduate students and early career researchers to get the most out of attending conferences. Topics to be covered include:

  • The opportunities conferences offer and what you can get out of them
  • Typical conference experiences
  • The range of skills you use when you attend conferences
  • Networking
  • Following up opportunities
  • How these skills and experiences transfer to other areas of your PhD work or research

This course does not deal with making presentations at conferences. For courses designed to help you develop your presentation skills you may want to attend Advanced Presentation Skills

Aims/ Objectives:

The aims of this course are:

  • To look at opportunities conferences offer beyond giving a presentation
  • To consider the skills involved
  • To build confidence
  • To reflect on how these skills are transferable to other situations

By the end of the workshop, you will: 

  •  Be aware of some key 'conference skills' and recognise their relationship to skills you already practise
  • Understand how these skills can be developed and used in other situations such as being a research student, teaching and work


The 1 hour 20 minute webinar will consider practical aspects of conference attendance and how to make the most out of your experience. Nearer the date of the webinar, you will be emailed a link to access the session.

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded. 

Pre-Requisites Webinar Access Instructions 

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.

This is an online session within Microsoft Teams. On the day of the session please use the link in this email to join the meeting. Please do not click the link in this email until the day of the session.

You will need a headset or speakers for the webinar and we recommend that you join 10 minutes before the webinar is due to start so that you can test them.

Please mute your microphone, switch off your webcam and open the chat box function as you join the Teams meeting. Any questions can be asked via the chat box. 
LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course14 June 202114 June 20212:00pm - 3:20pm0Add to Waiting List