This Thursday will be the 9th live #ECRchat and in this short time we have already seen it grow and evolve, including the brand new face of #ECRchat on Twitter! Therefore, we felt it was about time to hold a ‘housekeeping’ chat.
This week we would like you to come along to tell us what works and what doesn’t, and to share your ideas for the future of #ECRchat. We have covered a range of discussion topics over the weeks (browse the previous chats here), with more suggestions coming up every week. This is your chance to tell us if there is a pressing issue we haven’t got to yet. You can also volunteer to host a future chat, or ask us what hosting involves. If there is a topic many people are struggling with we could even call for an ‘expert host’ to guide us through it.
We will throw out a number of issues for discussion during this week’s chat, such as the preferred frequency and time of future chats. We originally chose the live chat time so that researchers from UK and Australia (and places in between) can chat together. However, next month our clocks will change in different directions. This means that the start time would move to 10am UK (GMT, from last weekend Oct) and 9pm Australia (DST, from first weekend Oct). We will seek feedback on these potential time changes during the chat.
Finally, as of this Thursday there will be two live chats! Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega will be hosting the first live chat for the Western hemisphere (i.e., for anyone who is normally still in bed when the UK gets up). The inaugural chat will be held at 11am PST Thursday 13th September via the usual #ECRchat hashtag.
We hope to see you at the live chat, but if you can’t make it, don’t hesitate to post your comments on this blog, or tweet us.
Katie and Hazel
The live #ECRchat will be held at the usual time of 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), and 20:00-21:00 in Australia (EST), on Thursday 13th September.
The new Western live #ECRchat will be held at 11:00-12:00 PST on Thursday 13th September.