Transferable Skills Workshop I (TSW I)

REAL-NET Transferable Skills Workshop I (TSW I)

27th – 28th February 2020 at Aston University Birmingham, UK

The Workshop was focus on academic writing, open access/research integrity and social/media engagement, key communication skills, how to create the perfect presentation, networking and team working.

TSW adressed ESRs from the REAL-NET projects and other sisters projects FONTE, MOCCA and WON.

Some pictures of the seminars

Social event


Day 1 – 27th February 2020

09:00 – 9:45  From Idea to Patent – Disciplining your practical ideas, Dr Gorkem Memisoglu (Room: NW708)

10:00 – 12:00 Engaging with the social media, Annmarie Hanlon (Room: MB404D)

12:00 – 12:45  Engaging with the media: How to write for “The Conversation”, Stephen Harris (Room: MB404D)

12:50 – 13:30  Lunch at Conference Aston

13:40 – 14:30  IP presentation, Luke Southan (Room: MB231)

14:30 – 15:30  How to write a great paper, Rachel Won (Room: MB231)

15:30 – 15:45  Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30  Open access, Hannah Hickman (Room: MB231)

16:30 – 17:30  Scientific writing, Srikanth Sugavanam (Room: MB231)

17:30 – 18:00  Closing

19:00                 Dinner

Day 2 – 28th February 2020

Richard Fallon, The Marketing Engineer  (Room: MB227)

09:00 – 11:00   Key communication skills

10:30 – 10:45   Coffee Break

10:45 – 13:00   How to create the perfect presentation

13:10 – 14:00   Lunch

14:10 – 15:45   Networking

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00 Team working

17:00 – 17:30   Closing

18:40                  Social Event and Dinner

Room distribution

NW707: North Wing, 7th floor, room NW707 (seminar room)

MB404D: Main Building, 4th floor room MB404D

MB231: Main Building, 2nd floor room MB231

MB227: Main Building, 2nd floor room MB227


Gorkem Memisoglu – MSCA postdoctoral Fellow

Gorkem is an experimental Physicist and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow in project MULTIPLY, currently on secondment at Aston University from Universidad del País Vasco. Gorkem received her PhD in 2015 for her work on hybrid UV-A photodetector preparation and characterization. Having worked in industry for 6 years Gorkem is the inventor or co-inventor of 58 patent applications in both Europe and the US in a wide range of areas, including photonics, optoelectronic devices and consumer electronics.

Annmarie Hanlon – Academic and Practitioner in Digital Marketing

Annmarie is an academic and practitioner in digital marketing strategy and the application of social media for business.Originally a graduate in French and Linguistics from University of London, Annmarie gained a Master’s in Business Administration, focusing on marketing planning. She studied for the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma for which she won the Worshipful Company of Marketors’ award for the best results worldwide. She subsequently gained a distinction for the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s E-Marketing Award and her PhD investigated social media marketing within organisations and she was awarded the Mais Scholarship.

As Course Leader for Social Media Management on the International Executive MBA programme at the University of St Gallen, she planned, designed and delivered this intensive elective course.

Stephen Harris – Commissioning & Science Editor, The Conversation

Stephen covers science, technology and health for The Conversation. He previously spent five years as senior reporter and special projects editor at The Engineer, the world’s oldest technology magazine and professional journal.

Luke Southan– Technology Transfer Manager at Aston University

Luke works as the Technology Transfer Manager at Aston. Previously he held a lectureship in Biology and worked as a research scientist in industry in both Germany and the UK.

Rachel Won – Internal Editor Nature Photonics

Rachel joined Nature Photonics in June 2006 from Aston University’s Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK where she worked as a Medici Fellow commercializing photonics research. She obtained her PhD in optical fibre sensing, microwave photonics and fibre nonlinearities as a member of Aston’s Photonics Research Group. Prior to that, Rachel worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer. She holds a Master’s degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Bachelor’s degree from the National University of Malaysia. Rachel is based in London.

Srikanth Sugavanam – Post-doctoral Research/EU Project Manager at Aston University

Srikanth Sugavanam is a post-doctoral research scientist/EU Project Manager with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), Aston University, He completed his PhD in 2015 from the AIPT under Prof. Sergei Turitsyn, specializing in the area of real-time intensity and spectral measurements of fibre laser dynamics. He has also worked in the area of optical metamaterials, Raman fibre lasers, and random fibre lasers. His contributions have been featured in several international journals, including Nature Photonics and Nature Communications. Apart from actively pursuing research, Srikanth is fulfilling the role of Programme Manager for the Marie S.Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship programme, MULTIPLY, co-ordinated by Aston University.

Richard Fallon – Marketing Engineer

Richard gained his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Aston University in 1998.  He went on to work for British Airways as part of their Business Analyst graduate scheme.  In this role, Richard acted as a consultant between the delivery parts of the business and the IT department.  He was responsible for putting business cases together and translating customer’s needs into IT requirements and developing new business processes to enable the new system to be efficiently used.  While at BA, he became a Qualified Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators. He then worked at a senior BA level for npower before starting his own business in 2004.  Since 2005, he has helped UCB students develop employability skills, has worked with BSEEN and NCGE graduate entrepreneurs and spoke numerous times at BCU.  He has also delivered the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 4 Diploma in Management to numerous companies in Birmingham.