|Presenting at SDN June 26th 2012|
My Masters research explored organisational learning from and about public participation related to climate change over the decade 2000-2010 within the Sciencewise organisational network. To create this organisationally situated and longitudinal account I tried to follow transforming or stable frames (or visions) of participation, 'the public' and climate change. The idea being that these would show if learning had been instrumental - i.e. gaining new information within existing organisational structures and problem definitions - or transformative - i.e. resulting in a transformation of the frame of reference and the redefinition of the problem being tackled and objects being utilised. If you want more information about this research I have a paper on its way through the review process at the journal Environment & Planning A.
My experiences have also taught me that it is probably worth putting in the effort to go to all of a conference rather than just going for the day, or even the session, that you are presenting in. Attending all 3 days of SDN I really benefitted from following certain themes which ran through the different plenary discussions and had many more opportunities to get to know some pretty senior academics - not to mention enjoying a few lovely days in Paris. Whereas I only attended the second day of Science in Public because it was at the end of a busy week, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to face too much of London in the Olympic run-up. Having heard about all of the sessions that I missed - including James Wilsdon's keynote lecture - and having missed out on the opportunity to really get to know anybody from the conference I now wish that I had made the effort to attend the whole thing.