Student & Early Career Preconference

SSSR Graduate Student/Early Career Researcher Preconference 2016, Porto, Portugal

July 13th, 9:00am - 4:00pm (Room to be announced soon.)

This year’s SSSR preconference will focus on the needs and interests of graduate students and early career researchers (ECRs).  We are excited to bring together an international group of delegates.

Morning sessions will include information for all delegates about how to:

  • improve the quality and quantity of your writing
  • conduct small-scale science with a limited budget
  • write journal reviews and respond to reviews of your work
  • work effectively with mentors and supervisors.

Lunch and breaks will provide opportunities to talk with other delegates and build new SSSR relationships.

Afternoon sessions will have a different focus depending on career stage. Graduate students will discuss how to have a good SSSR experience, including suggestions on how to have an effective breakfast meeting with a senior scholar, ask questions during sessions, talk with others at interactive poster sessions, and presenting a good poster or talk. ECRs will discuss how to construct and implement a five-year plan, determine a good work-life balance for yourself, and build and sustain collaborative relationships with other researchers.

Research showcase: At the end of the workshop, we will have time for all delegates to present a two minute summary of their talk or poster and get feedback from others.

Delegates should bring a MAXIMUM of two slides summarizing their talk or poster on a flash drive and be ready to present to a small and friendly group. Those who are not presenting at the conference should summarize a recent piece of research. Each delegate will be given two minutes (a stop watch will be used so make sure you keep to time!) plus three minutes for questions. No other equipment will be necessary.

Lunch is provided.
The pre-conference is coordinated by scholars from a range of career stages, who span the world and the SSSR research traditions:

  1. Devin Kearns, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
  2. Jessie Ricketts, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
  3. Hua-Chen Wang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University

Sessions will be led by the coordinators and:

  1. Holly Joseph, Associate Professor, Institute of Education, University of Reading
  2. Sarah Powell, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin 

If you have any questions about the preconference, please contact Devin Kearns (, Jessie Ricketts ( or Hua-Chen Wang (