At the Cresting Workshop in September 2018 we welcomed the ESRs (Early Stage Researchers), Supervisors, Partners and other stakeholders to the first of six workshops that will take place before the end of 2021. The purpose of the workshops are to provide focussed training for the ESRs at key points in their research. A full week of presentations, site visits, group work and meetings were planned to start the ESRs on their research journeys.
As this was the first workshop, the focus was on providing the core training that the ESRs would need – ethics training, research methods, risk assessments and career development planning.
We were delighted to welcome Amber Fletcher, Associate Professor at Regina University to introduce Critical Realism and Sjors Witjes, Assistant Professor at Radboud University to share his experience on Trans-Disciplinary Research. We also welcomed PhD students from the White Rose Social Sciences DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) – www.wrdtp.ac.uk.
The workshop benefited from hearing ‘stakeholder perspectives’ on the circular economy, with guest speakers from WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme); Rolls Royce; Hull City Council; EMS Ltd; DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management). The workshop was kindly supported by CIWM and the EEI (Energy and Environment Institute).
The workshop provided the opportunity for the 15 ESRs to meet each other and their Supervisors, with initial meetings taking place to plan their projects.