Research Hive Seminars 2018

The Sussex Research Hive Seminar series returns for its ninth year. The popular series brings together the Sussex community to discuss current issues in research.

These lunchtime events, funded by SAGE, are hosted by the Library and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. Please sign up to the seminars using the booking links below. Where possible slides and recordings of the sessions will be made available.

Research and the academic on social media

8th February, 12:00-13:30, The Library Meeting Room (Sandwich lunch included)

In the scholarly communications ecosystem, social media offers academics an opportunity to play an active role in increasing the readership for their work and engaging with the wider public. Strategically communicating and fostering digital networks is a must. In this seminar, Eric Stoller discussed the myriad ways in which research is being both shared and engaged with on social media. Alex Fulton gave the Sussex perspective, considering both the advantages and some of the challenges involved with using social media to communicate your research. 


Eric Stoller, Writer and education consultant

Alex Fulton, Head of Communications, University of Sussex


Prof Kate O'Riordan, Professor of Digital Culture

Open publication: exploring alternative models and practices

22nd March, 12:00-13:30, The Library Meeting Room (Sandwich lunch included)

Alternative approaches to traditional publication models are leading a shift in research assessment, from journal-based measures, towards direct assessment of the output itself. This seminar explored Wellcome Open Research and Programming Historian. Powered by F1000 Research publishing platform, Wellcome Open Research supports open data, open peer review, and transparency throughout the publication process. Programming Historian is an open source, collaborative platform that shares digital tools, techniques, and workflows, to facilitate research. Speakers discussed open publication practices and explored issues, such as transparent peer review.


Vicky Hellon, Editorial Community Manager, F1000 Research Limited

Prof Gail Davey, Professor of Global Health Epidemiology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Dr James Baker, Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Sussex


Prof Mike Collyer, Professor of Geography, Sussex

Audio recording with slides

Quality or quantity: publications profile and career planning

19th April, 12:00-13:30, The Library Meeting Room (Sandwich lunch included)

This seminar explored how researchers, at any career stage, can plan their personal publication strategy in the face of competing imperatives: from the REF, from career progression ambitions, from publishers - and from their own research aims. Should researchers maximise quality or quantity in their publication output, and how does that translate into real-world planning and finding the time to publish in the right place? Speakers considered how varied perceptions of research quality – arising from journal peer review, the REF, or metrics – affect researchers in planning their publications, and how researchers can take these perceptions into account whilst avoiding perverse incentives and other pitfalls.


Prof Kathy Romer, Professor of Astrophysics

Prof George Kemenes, Director of the Doctoral School and Professor of Neuroscience


Dr Ian Carter, Director of Research and Enterprise

Audio recording with slides

Building and showcasing a research environment

26th April, 12:00-13:30, The Library Meeting Room (Sandwich lunch included)

Every research discipline, whether its projects are typically team- or individual-based, only thrives in a strong research environment. Our disciplinary and interdisciplinary research environments at Sussex will be assessed in REF2021, reviewing features such as their active programmes and research infrastructure, their engagement with external organisations, their PGR and early-career culture, and their equality and diversity support. This seminar explored how Schools and departments can build a strong, inclusive and visible research environment.


Prof Gordon Harold, Director of Research Partnerships Planning and Impact, and Rudd Professor of Psychology

Prof Tim Hitchcock, Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab and Professor of History


Prof Michael Davies, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research)