UKRSA Twitter chat: Connecting #researchers

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UKRSA are hosting a Twitter chat next week for researchers to connect and discuss challenges of being a researcher during Covid-19. This is an opportunity to come together as a community, share experiences, support each other and get involved.
There has never been a more important time for researchers to grow and develop their networking and make connections with other researchers. The chat will explore:

  • experiences of the move to being a remote researcher
  • sharing lockdown experiences
  • online networking tips
  • connecting within and beyond research communities
The Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday 8 September, from 12pm until 1pm UK time (GMT +1).

We do hope you can join us on Twitter for what is expected to be a fun, friendly and engaging conversation.

What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) at 12pm (UK time) on Tuesday 8 September 2020
  2. Search for the hashtag #researchers on Twitter and select the “Latest” tab
  3. Follow @ukrsavitae
  4. Our Twitter chat moderator Rachel Cox, Engagement & Policy Project Manager at Vitae, will post a series of discussion questions from @RachelVitae1
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #researchers to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I join?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge.