SDHI was represented at the 2015 Dundee Science Festival with a stand to illustrate its applied interdisciplinary work. Dr Fred Comerford, SDHI Institute Manager invited displays related to the topic ‘perceptions’. Using visual illusions Fred demonstrated to visitors that what we see and hold for being ‘real’ or ‘true’ may be deceptive. The theme was also reflected in the display by Kirsty Miller, PhD student in psychology who presented a very timely topic considering for example the refugee crisis in Europe: perceived in-group vs out-group differences that may impact on how likely we act to help others. Jean Cathro of the social enterprise, ‘Crossing countries, challenging boundaries, changing lives‘ engaged children and adults through art work, craft and video presentation. SDHI has repeatedly reported on this innovative social enterprise on this blog. Crossing truly challenges mis-perceptions about disability, ethnicity, gender, age and other characteristics that so often create unnecessary and hurtful divisions. Finally, Dr Ed Hall, Geography challenged in his display concepts of place-based vulnerabilities of communities that experience prolonged electricity failures. Simple categorisations of ‘vulnerable people’ are not useful or informative as ‘vulnerability’ is always contextual and relational. The event at the Dundee Menzieshill Community Centre was very well attended with some families spending several hours there to explore the many exciting displays and presentations.
The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Health Pathway is holding this Workshop on the 11th and 12th of May 2015 at the University of Edinburgh. This Workshop will be run by Dr Ruth Jepson from the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, for PhD and doctorate students. As it received excellent student feedback last year, Ruth has agreed to run this Workshop once again this year. This two day Workshop is also a great opportunity for students to network, meet with other PhD students like themselves in a national context and get some peer support. Travel is reimbursed for students outside of Edinburgh. A short video from last year’s training can be viewed at the following link: http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/events/advanced_training
Further information regarding this Workshop can be found here: http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/events/advanced_training/2014_2015/workshop_in_synthesising_qualitative_research