I am heading up to Aberdeen today for a week of i-conferences with other members of the Edinburgh Napier University “CSI” team.
The first conference is a day-long doctoral colloquium, iDocQ. I was on the organising committee last year, and am looking forward to being there without an operational role this year. I’m even starting to look forward to the “one-minute madness” presentation all of the attendees are expected to give.
But it’s the second conference that I’m really, really excited about. The focus of the Information: interactions and impact (i3) conference are the interactions between people and information, and how this interaction can bring about change. It is extremely relevant to my research, and I am hoping to make some great new contacts over the week.
Excitedly, this will also be my first experience of presenting an academic paper. I’m
a little a lot nervous because I’m certain that I will fumble over my pronunciations – causing panicked flashbacks to my days in speech therapy – but I’m hoping that I can laugh through any mistakes. (Actually, I’ve built my talking points around words I’m comfortable with. It’s only during the Q&A that I might get thrown a tongue twister!)
More on all of this later though. After all, I still need to finish packing!