How to chair a paper or a conference panel

In the academic world, at some point you'll be asked to be the chair for a paper or a conference panel. You'll need to introduce the speaker or speakers; keep time; and run the question session at the end. Having had some 'interesting' experiences recently, and indeed over my career, I decided I should be putting… Continue reading How to chair a paper or a conference panel

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Caring: when it all gets worse

Back in 2016, I mused here on the difficulties of being a carer for an elderly relative, especially when something unusual happens. Then, it was a planned surgical procedure: last week, it was an entirely unplanned disaster scenario, when my mother somehow fell in her own flat on the day before her 90th birthday party… Continue reading Caring: when it all gets worse