Check out our 2021 workshops!

Workshops on offer at UKIRSC 2021


We’re very pleased to announce that we have three exciting workshops organised for the UKIRSC 2021 conference in June.

The exact timings of the workshops are yet to be confirmed, but we hope to be able to spread them out over the two day conference so that attendees do not have to choose between them.


Data Visualisation in R

with the Coding Club

Are you keen to improve your data visualisation skills in R? Learn how to create graphs that best present your research story? If so, join our online workshop at UKIRSC 2021 and learn how to use the package ggplot2 to create beautiful and informative plots.

Knowing how to use ggplot2 is a great skill that will come in handy when analysing data for your research projects, dissertation, assignments and beyond. This tutorial provides examples and helps practice how to better visually communicate the results of your research.

No prior knowledge is required, but if you’ve never used R before, you might find checking out our Intro to R tutorial first useful.

There will be a choice of two modules, depending on your confidence and experience with ggplot2:

  1. Data visualisation: Part 1 – Making beautiful and informative graphs
  2. Data visualisation: Part 2 – Customising your figures

As this workshop involves working closely with Coding Club tutors, there is a limit on the number of places that are available. We will give priority to current postgraduate students enrolled at institutes in the UK and Ireland and will allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis.

All of the Coding Club tutorials are freely available online for you to complete in your own time. Just check out our tutorials page here.


Methods in Acoustics

The aim of this workshop is to provide an informal knowledge exchange/skill share of some of the tools and methods available to researchers in the field of bioacoustics.

Early-career scientists (current PhD and post-docs) will present some acoustic methods they use in their research including PAMGuard and DTAG data analysis in MATLAB. It is not intended to be a step-by-step interactive tutorial, nor an exhaustive list of the available tools in bioacoustics, but rather it is designed to give an overview of some techniques you could employ to address questions in this field.

After a series of demonstrations by invited speakers, we will have an interactive Q&A and open discussion forum. We welcome students working in bioacoustics, or interested in using acoustics in future research, to ask questions and/or to contribute their own experiences of acoustic analysis methods during this discussion.

What tools or software do you use in your own research?

What are some of the challenges you have faced?

Let’s discuss and learn from each other!


Science Communication

Join a panel of experts from a wide range of fields, both inside and outside of marine mammal science, to discuss the importance in being able to communicate your research.

Our invited panellists will share tips and advice for:

  • Writing for scientific journals,
  • Promoting our work via podcasting and radio,
  • Presenting results through visual art, and
  • Engaging with a range of different audiences.

Talks will be followed by an open discussion led by the UKIRSC committee and there will be lots of opportunities to join in with questions, comments and tips of your own!