The audience was big, good and kind. One of the parallel sessions was in French, which meant many people joined the remaining two, mine included.
I managed to do it on time and passing the message I had: my early stages of research, with the problem and the sketch of the research methodology to tackle it.
It was my first presentation of a scientific paper and that already leaves me happy enough. Better still, I manage to interest a few people about my subject and networked with a lot more, who already gave me hints and tips for further development.
Now I’m looking forward to working harder and presenting the follow-up – which will be the buildup, if I think in terms of thesis research.
The job is done. Now it’s time for strolling, enjoying the city and having a De Koninck.
I’ve been working on the presentation for the WCTRS-SIG2 conference “Key Developments in the Port and Maritime Sector” and I’ve finally finished and submitted it. It will be 10 nervous minutes, plus five for discussion. Now I must prepare myself for delivering it.
I said “nervous” but I realize I’m seldom nervous during presentations. I am when I’m drafting and preparing the presentation, I am even more when the date approaches but once I’m doing it, I’m doing it. At the end I’ll see whether I messed up or not.
This has the added difficulty of being my first presentation of a scientific paper, but I hope my previous experiences at academia can help me.
I’ll depart to Antwerp in Saturday and my presentation slot is scheduled for Tuesday morning. I’ll try to come back here before that.
A strike of luck made me know (on time) about the abstract submission period for the 13th WCTR. I knew the conference would take place next year in Rio de Janeiro, but I was not aware the abstract submission deadline would be so soon as today. Anyway, I found it some days ago on the Facebook group Transport Planning and Analysis and decided to counter-challenge my supervisor (he had challenged me for the conference in Antwerp next month) for a co-authored paper about my PhD topic. This time I managed to draft the abstract in a more confident and right-to-the-point way, which I hope will help me when it comes to acceptance time…
The idea is the same with the Antwerp conference: using these opportunities for testing, with a large and informed audience, my progress, ideas and paths. The paper should be build on the paper written for Antwerp and on the work plan designed for my PhD research. This also has the added advantage of serving as intermediate deliverables with a fixed deadline, something of the utmost importance in a period my job is draining a lot of time and energy from me and I must use all tactics to focus and make the most out of my freetime. Let’s see if it works.
But cameback as expected. And when is that? Exactly! At the last day for submission…
I’ve spent the last days completely immersed in work, just to have the paper ready by the deadline. I submitted it today and I’m happy with the result. In May I’ll be able to tell you how happy the audience was with my presentation.
I decided to make an effort in order to post more regularly, namely e-v-er-y–d-a-y, hoping that would press me to present results / work harder / be embarassed to come here with nothing to tell or no progress to show.
I was wrong. I’m here, but there was nothing read, written or done today whatsoever. Now even recycling my German skills are ahead, reclaiming the place of marathon training.
I shall comeback tomorrow, hopefully with a conference paper half finished. Let’s go.
Is is being a busy end of the year. Not content enough with research proposals submission and discussion presentation, today I accepted a challenge from my supervisor, proposing presenting a paper for WCTRS-SIG2’s conference on “Key Developments in the Port and Maritime Sector”. It will be held in Antwerp between May 21st and 23rd, 2012.
At the same time, it will be good to keep track of time and make me work with defined deadlines.
While doing coursework, my life spanned the area between Sines, Cascais, and Lisbon, which I had to cover several times a week. For the morning classes, I’d usually travel the day before from Sines to Cascais, then take a morning train from Cascais to Lisbon, hop on the metro at Cais do Sodré and do a morning walk between the stop at Alameda and IST.
This image bring me back – bring us, I’m expecting to be read – to one of those busy, but enjoyable days. It was October 19, 2010, at 08h41, and I was doing my final leg in direction to IST. Here is the sunny version of IST’s South Tower.