The annual researchers’ day across Europe on 29 September had me talking about social media at two different events.
This event has been a long time coming. The grant award from British Council that I won back in December 2016 is now coming to use, as close to 40 early career researchers from the UK and Turkey gathered in Glasgow this week to discuss the issues of refugees and gender-based violence.
The aim of the event was to encourage collaboration between UK and Turkish participants on future grant proposals and publications and to create and maintain an international network of researchers on this topic in academia, NGOs, and government organisations in the two countries.
It’s vacation time finally. Taking vacations reduces stress, improves heart health and mental health, and improves relationships, says research. Time to fly out of Scotland, chasing the sun, and to breath in the hot humid air of the Black Sea in Bulgaria and then the Ionian Sea. See out photos from Greece below.
The students at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester hosted me for their TEDx @RNCM talk this week. I gave a talk on social media and mental health, next to musicians, a female boxer, an adventurer/cyclist, a journalist/author, and more musicians. I loved the atmosphere in the college, the instruments scattered everywhere in hallways and rooms, the numerous stages, that pop up out of nowhere and the creative buzz all around. Which also gave me proper stage fright before my talk that I haven’t felt for years. It turned alright in the end though. Video coming soon.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me! As a result of it, I got the second place in the overall photo competition Images of Research at Strathclyde. The final winners were determined by a public vote and were announced on 15 June in Drygate.
A great venue, craft beer, fabulous food and an award. What more could I wish for from a night out!
On some Friday nights instead of going bar hopping, you can hop into the Glasgow Science Centre for an adults-only science showcase, Science Lates, which will entertain and enlighten. I was lucky to take part in the event on June 2, titled Under the Skin, which covered topics from sleep to viruses to brain functions and fertility. And of course, body image!
Bryce Mills won first prize in the Arts & Entertainment category for her feature about a tattoo artist in America who creates free 3D nipples to women who’ve had mastectomies. Read the story here.
Sophie Law, co-editor-in-chief of The New Normal, won two commendations for Feature of the Year and the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award for her story about addiction to prescription drugs. Read the story here.
In addition, the student-run paper Strathclyde Telegraph won a commendation for Publication of the Year. (I must admit I had no direct involvement there though).
Want to learn more about the research behind body image and social media? Watch this brief video, which tells the story behind the picture from my entry in the Images of Research 2017 competition.
Our programme in Journalism and Creative Writing at Strathclyde was recognised recently by two major publications as one of the top ones in the country.
The Guardian’s University League Tables ranked Strathclyde second in the UK and first in Scotland in the subject area Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
The Complete University Guide also ranked our programme second in the UK and first in Scotland in the Communication and Media Studies subject area.
This is an annual competition, which evolves into an year-long exhibition bringing the research conducted at Strathclyde to an audience of thousands at art galleries, museums and public spaces. This year the exhibition will be shown at the Glasgow Science Centre, the Drygate, and, very exciting, the European Parliament.
My entry was a family affair. The photo was created by my brother, Deyan Stoev, who is a professional photographer, under my creative guidance.
But most importantly, now it’s up to the public to decide the overall winner in the competition. Please, vote for my entry! You can do it here: Images of Research vote.