Days to workshop: 2
Attendees: 60 (spaces: 0)
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Interdisciplinary Network of Researchers in Touch

A network for Experimental Psychologists, Neuroscientists, & Engineers interested in touch

First workshop: 25th-26th July 2019, University of Nottingham, UK, funded by the Experimental Psychology Society


School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK - Maps: OpenStreet, GPS, Google

*Live stream*

During the workshop we will be recording most of the talks and streaming them via the University of Nottingham's 'Echo360' account. These recordings will also be available after the Workshop. Click the link above...


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Dr Andrew Bremner ,   Dr Nicholas Paul Holmes ,   Dr Donna Lloyd ,   Professor Francis McGlone ,   Dr Ellen Poliakoff ,   Dr Hannes Saal


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Joining instructions

A nice long list of all the things you need to know about the workshop...


You all have a username and password (emailed to you when you (were) signed up), although we've heard that some emails didn't make it past your spam catcher. To get a new password, GO HERE and enter the email address that this email is sent to.

Once you're logged in, you can see more details about the speakers, about the RIT network members, you can edit your presentation(s), upload files, edit your profile, and do some other exciting things. Log in today!


There are 6 organisers (email links above), who have the responsibilities listed below. In general, please go to them first with queries before, during, and after the event:

  1. Dr Nick Holmes & The HandLab HandyPeople: Local organisers, Nottingham-related things, computers, websites, presentations, complaints about the food and wine, expense-claims for keynote speakers & organisers, where to buy painkillers on Friday morning.
  2. Dr Andrew Bremner: Thursday morning's ECR events & ECR-liaison
  3. Dr Donna Lloyd: Symposium organiser liaison; Symposium prize judge
  4. Professor Francis McGlone: Keynote speakers & exhibitor liaison
  5. Dr Ellen Poliakoff: Poster presenter liaison; Poster prize judge
  6. Dr @SuperHannes Saal: Live Tweeting! Talk prize judge

The workshop starts at 13:00 on Thursday 25th July and finishes at 16:00 on Friday 26th July, at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK: Psychology department, Map


We've ordered some university catering. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know - there will be plenty of vegetarian food for lunch, but please tell us about any allergies and we'll try to arrange something extra - this may not be possible, so apologies in advance if not; we will let you know if we can't cater for you). There will be teas, coffee, and fruit juices during the day, and red and white wine and elderflower cordial on Thursday evening with posters. There's a water cooler in the reception area.

The workshop meal is at The Hemsley (on campus)

We have arranged a barbeque, from 19:30-23:00 on Thursday 25th. There are vegetarian and meat options, both priced at £20.50 (we've gone for catering level-2 meat and level-3 vegetarian, so the veggies are getting better food, but I'm sure it's all delicious). 33 of you have said you're coming to the meal. That's great! Everyone is welcome. To guarantee your space, please purchase your tickets before the 9th of July, here (you can choose vege/meat and add comments after you log in; sorry: they want ANOTHER user/password), and click 'proceed to checkout')



If you are an ECR (e.g., PhDs or <2 years post-phd), then we'd like to you come to the morning events on the first day. From 10:00 there will be coffee, introductions, and a discussion session focussing on careers and anything else you'd like to talk about. There will be a (small, informal) 'panel' of more senior researchers to grill on anything you like. One of our keynote speakers, Prof Rasmus Petersen, will give a short talk and Q&A on his experience of working, among other things, on the BBSRC fellowship funding panel - get vital insider information about how to secure independent funding.


The workshop is inter-disciplinary, so please consider this when preparing your presentation. We'd like to know a little bit about everyone's research so that we can facilitate discussion and future collaboration. So, please aim for a slightly-more-general audience than you might do at one of your regular intrA-disciplinary meetings.

Please check your presentation title, abstract, and authors are correct. You can edit these details at *any* time (and upload any relevant files), on the website. After logging in, click the 'Present' tab, then your presentation title. Files on the website will only be visible to members of the network, not the general public.


If possible, please prepare your talk on a file that we can download to the main lecture theatre computer (which is Windows, having Powerpoint, Google Chrome; full audio and visual whatnots). Please avoid using your own laptop if you can. If you upload your completed presentation to the website (via the 'Present' tab above, after logging-in), then we will have it ready for you on the day to minimise changeover faff (but please bring a backup as we could easily fudge this up!).

If you have videos or audio files in your talk, make sure they are embedded in the file, or at least check that it works before you start! There's *always* one video that doesn't work. Will it be yours..?

We have a tight schedule, particularly for the symposia, so please don't go over your allotted time; be prepared to jump to the conclusion when the alarm bells start ringing.

We are setting up *live streaming* (oooh!), via our university's lecture capture system. This will be made available during and after the workshop to *anyone* on the internet. We'll test this out before, but fingers crossed...

If you would prefer your talk *not* to be live-streamed, recorded, and saved (e.g., you have ethically- or commercially-sensitive material), then please click the 'NO' button on the website when you next edit your talk. Or tell us. Or put chewing gum on the webcam.


Please prepare a ~30 minute talk, and try to stimulate as much discussion as possible (controversy and heresy is encouraged)! We are aiming for 15 minutes discussion for each keynote. There is a symposium to match up with your keynote, usually straight afterwards, so please try to meet and greet all the symposium contributors, and join in the science fun.


You can edit the information about your symposium on the website. Go to the 'Present' tab and see the 'Sessions you are involved in' bit. You can provide a general overview of your symposium, and introduce your speakers. We would like you to be the 'Chair' of your session. This will involve introducing each of your speakers and pulling the microphone out of their hand when they run over time. You can also manage the questions after each talk. Please check that the computer has all your speakers' presentations on before your symposium begins (there are *always* problems with cables, operating systems, screen resolutions, animations...). A prize will be available for the most-seamless and/or best symposium :-)

We would also like the symposium organiser(s) to introduce and to chair the Keynote talk that relates to your symposium. Please let us know if you would rather not do this!


Please prepare a maximum 10 minute talk, and allow for about 3 minutes of questions. It will take 1-2 minutes to switch between talks, so we really need your best timing skills here! There will be a prize for the symposium talk closest to 10 minutes in duration :-) and/or the best!


If you plan to submit a poster, hurry up! We have now ordered the poster boards, and there are 16 spaces in total. 8 spaces are taken already. If there are more than 8 new presentations submitted before the 12th July, then we will have to select the 8 most-relevant to the workshop themes. The Chosen Ones will be informed on the 15th July (or just check the website on the 16th). The poster boards will be large enough to fit an A0 in landscape (119cm wide). They should be good for portrait, too. We'll try to get some of those sticky things, but pins will be plentiful, or provide your own poster attachment technology.

Please put up your poster after 12:00 on Thursday 25th, and take it down before 11:30 on Friday 26th.


Please pay attention and come up with some interesting and challenging questions! We will be running an online question suggestion system so you can add your questions during the talks. The chair will then choose which questions to ask the audience.


On Friday with lunch, instead of posters we will have Chris Dancer exhibiting his electronic and engineering equipment and services. Chris has been instrumental (pun intended) in helping get lots of touch researchers started with nifti equipment. Chat to him about your tactile needs.