In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the current lockdown period, the Coleg Cymraeg is pleased to announce that its annual research conference will be held online this year on 1 July 2020.
The main purpose of the conference is to give the next generation of Welsh-speaking academics the opportunity to cut their teeth on presenting their research to a peer audience. More experienced lecturers are also invited to contribute, so that they can share their expertise.
From ocean currents in the Antarctic to regional rugby union injuries in Wales, a wide variety of texts will be under the microscope. Dr Dylan Phillips, senior academic manager at the Coleg Cymraeg National, said:
"I am delighted that the Coleg Cymraeg is breaking new ground by holding this conference online this year. Although we offer a number of online training sessions, this is the first time we have held the annual research conference in this format. As it happens, this will be the Coleg’s tenth research conference and we are very excited about the real potential to reach a wider cohort of the academic community this year. The conference is open to all those who conduct or have an interest in scholarly research through the medium of Welsh – whatever the field and whatever the discipline."
On Wednesday 1 July at 10am-12.30pm, four papers will be presented live on a virtual platform and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each presentation. This is what Seren Lois Evans, a PhD student presenting at the conference had to say,
"I have followed a number of training sessions for postgraduate students provided by the Coleg Cymraeg, and I am pleased to be able to implement the skills I learnt when presenting at the conference, with the added challenge of presenting virtually!"
On 24 June, the college will also release posters and a further nine pre-recorded research papers. There will be an opportunity for people to enjoy these presentations in their own time before the day of the Conference. On the afternoon of the conference people will be able to ask questions about the nine papers to the relevant authors on Twitter. It will also be possible to vote for the best poster, with an opportunity for the author of the winning poster to win £50. The conference stream can be followed on Twitter using #cynhadleddymchwil20 People are asked to register in advance so that the Coleg Cymraeg can send them a link to the live and pre-recorded sessions: www.colegcymraeg.ac.uk/cynhadleddymchwil