The Science Viva Workshop

Organiser: Other


Attendance type(s): Virtual

Event Dates: 24—26 Aug 2021

  • 24/08/2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • 25/08/2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • 26/08/2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: 24 Aug 2021

The Science Viva Workshop is a series of 3 online evening events for UK PhD students across the sciences

The workshop is broken into 3 sessions, delivered by Dr Stacey Bedwell and Dr Isabelle Butcher. Together Stacey and Isabelle have expertise spanning several fields of science and have first hand experience of the science PhD viva.

The range of sessions will give you an insight into the viva experience, preparing for the viva, debunk some viva myths and give you the opportunity to practice some key viva skills.

Part 1 – what the viva is and viva experiences

Part 2 – viva preparation & viva anxiety

Part 3 – ┬áviva questions & mock viva activity

Dr Stacey Bedwell is a lecturer in psychology at Birmingham City University and Tutor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Stacey was awarded her PhD in 2015 for her work on the anatomical connectvity of the mammalian prefrontal cortex.

Dr Isabelle Butcher is a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Aston University. Isabelle was awarded her PhD in 2020 for her work on understanding individuals subjective experiences of negative symptoms of schizoprenia.

Stacey and Isabelle have previously held workshops on the human brain and co-authored the popular children’s book ‘Anything you can do, I can do’.

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Name: Dr Stacey Bedwell & Dr Isabelle Butcher