Gemma Sou spoke about how she developed a new social network which enables research students to disseminate their work across the academic community.

While studying for her doctorate, she reviewed her online profiles, but couldn’t find an existing network to share her work that didn’t read “like an online CV”. She decided to set up her own solution to this problem, choosing to use 4-minute podcasts to summarise a variety of research topics. Each member of the social network can choose up to four key search terms for their work, encouraging interdisciplinarity and recognising that research often spans multiple subject areas. The podcasts are long enough to get a feel for the subject, while short enough to keep the interest of people outside the field of study.

Gemma hopes this network will rapidly expand, and encouraged the audience to spread the word.