Our Postgraduate Research community hosted their fourth successful Psych Hike conference on 19-21 May in Carlingford. This year the conference was held in the historic Carlingford Heritage Centre, and the hike took place around the Slieve Foye loop.
The PGR community was delighted to welcome Dr Giovanni Moneta from London Metropolitan University as the key note speaker, who presented his work on the theory of flow, and how it can be applied to academic research. In addition, the team was joined by visiting researchers from Dublin City University and the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece).
Delegates delivered 15 minute presentations on their research taking place within the School, and were then given 15 minutes for questions and feedback on their work. As well as this, there were poster presentations from several of the conference attendants at lunchtime on the Saturday, to further showcase the variety of work that takes place in Queens.
One of the newest staff members to the School of Psychology, Dr Kostas Papageorgiou, gave a very helpful hour-long workshop on preparing for and surviving the viva voce, so as to help PGR students feel more confident about the process of their thesis defence.
Conference organisers Stephanie McAlinden and Róisín McKenna said: “We would like to express our gratitude towards both the School of Psychology and the Graduate School for their generous funding that they provided for the organisation of, and running of this year’s conference in Carlingford, Co. Louth. It was extremely well received by all those who attended, and our attendants thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere the conference promotes, as well as the chance to present their work and learn about the work of their peers. The conference originally began as an annual meeting of the Experimental Journal Psychology Journal Club, but the scope of the conference has expanded over the last couple of years, meaning we enjoyed talks from a wide variety of psychology disciplines. We are incredibly pleased by all the positive feedback that we have received with regards to the conference, and there is great enthusiasm for next year’s conference. We are grateful to the School for their continued support of Psych Hike, and look forward to many more successful meetings.”