ECR Spring Writing Retreat, 21-28 April 2023, Scottish Borders (Melrose)

The AsSIST-UK ECR Group is pleased to announce a week-long writing retreat in Melrose in the Scottish Borders. We’ll be staying at Harmony House, a beautiful venue owned by the National Trust of Scotland and we have space for 12 early career academics and scholars. We hope that the house and lovely gardens will provide the perfect space for some productive writing on a project of your choosing.

The retreat combines solo writing sessions, facilitated STS sessions designed for ECRs, and collaborative activities.

Apply below – deadline 15th March 2023!

Solo sessions give participants time to work or write on projects of their choosing. STS sessions provide opportunities to learn about and discuss topics, methods or skills with a senior member and will cover current European STS research group activities, collaboration skills, publishing and public engagement tools. Collaborative activities include practical and recreational activities like large-scale cooking or guided nature walks, to give participants time to network, identify collaborative possibilities, talk about their work in a new context, and relax.

This year we have the venue for longer than we have done previously, as we recognised that we often only just get stuck into a writing project when it is time to leave!

The event is kindly being funded jointly by the University of Edinburgh and EASST. As a result, we are able to cover the costs of accommodation and most of the food provided. Travel bursaries for domestic travel within the UK are also available for those without access to other external funding.

How to apply

To apply for a space, please complete our online form by 15th March:

You must have a writing project to work on and be a Masters or PhD student, or within 5 years of receiving your PhD, engaging in research in a topic relating the broad fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Innovation Studies.

Author: Matjaz Vidmar

Researcher in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, Science Communicator, (Not So Amateur) Astronomer and Blogger?

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