On 20 May 2016 NRIPS organized the First Annual NRI Postgraduate Symposium. PhD candidates conducting research at the Natural Resources Institute gathered in the Jellicoe building at the Medway campus and presented their work to the whole institute and other members of the Faculty. The day was concluded by a panel discussion among representatives of three NRI departments (Kate Wellard, Ben Bennett and Jeremy Haggar) moderated by Sarah Arnold. They lively discussed the current and future developments within NRI and were able to advise PhD candidates in their future career. Overall we can look back at a very successful event that contributed to the intellectual community life within NRI. We're looking forward to welcoming you again next year!
The organising committee was comprised of John K Pattison-Williams (Chair), Sona Vyskocilova (Posters), Ajith Rathnayake (Venue & Refreshments), Freddy van Hulst (Late-stage speakers & Abstracts and Biographies), Louise Malmgren (Early-stage speakers), Hannah Scott (Registration), Anthony Abbott (Communications), Richard Hopkins (Faculty Liaison), Gillian Summers (Staff Liaison) and Moritz Bömer (Postdoctoral Liaison). Additional support: Habibu Mugerwa, Jane Robb and Sumesh Kakkunnath.
The Natural Resources Institute Postgraduate Society (NRIPS) was formally created in February 2015 to facilitate the academic, social and intellectual interests of the postgraduate students at NRI. Since inception, a number of events have been organised and facilitated. These events include seasonal social gatherings in the postgraduate tower of Blake, monthly lunch hour presentations on topics of interest - such as publishing academic papers, career options after the PhD, qualitative research methods, etc. – and short presentations by students in preparation for field research or conference talks. We also strive to recognise milestones of students, such as viva defence, birthdays, marriages and leaving parties. These activities have increased the intellectual and social community of postgraduate life at NRI and we look forward to enhancing these functions further in the future.
NRIPS is governed by a committee structure, currently chaired by Sona Vyskocilova, that is elected on an annual basis by the postgraduate student body of NRI. While the society has not yet been recognised formally by the university, support from NRI has been shown and an excellent relationship exists.