He leads international research projects investigating the role of science in society and provides workshops on academic skills such as writing, publishing, research funding, communication, and engagement. He is the author of the textbook Essential Skills for Early Career Researchers, published by SAGE, which includes more than 30 resources for early career researchers.
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Owner and Data Controller
Trinity College Dublin
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Types of Data collected
Among the types of Personal Data that this Application collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: Tracker; Usage Data.
Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or, in case of Usage Data, collected automatically when using this Application.
Unless specified otherwise, all Data requested by this Application is mandatory and failure to provide this Data may make it impossible for this Application to provide its services. In cases where this Application specifically states that some Data is not mandatory, Users are free not to communicate this Data without consequences to the availability or the functioning of the Service.
Users who are uncertain about which Personal Data is mandatory are welcome to contact the Owner.
Users are responsible for any third-party Personal Data obtained, published or shared through this Application and confirm that they have the third party's consent to provide the Data to the Owner.
Mode and place of processing the Data
Methods of processing
The Owner takes appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of the Data.
The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated. In addition to the Owner, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of this Application (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (such as third-party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies, communications agencies) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The updated list of these parties may be requested from the Owner at any time.
Legal basis of processing
The Owner may process Personal Data relating to Users if one of the following applies:
Users have given their consent for one or more specific purposes. Note: Under some legislations the Owner may be allowed to process Personal Data until the User objects to such processing (“opt-out”), without having to rely on consent or any other of the following legal bases. This, however, does not apply, whenever the processing of Personal Data is subject to European data protection law;
provision of Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with the User and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof;
processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Owner is subject;
processing is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Owner;
processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner or by a third party.
In any case, the Owner will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.
The Data is processed at the Owner's operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located.
Depending on the User's location, data transfers may involve transferring the User's Data to a country other than their own. To find out more about the place of processing of such transferred Data, Users can check the section containing details about the processing of Personal Data.
If broader protection standards are applicable, Users are also entitled to learn about the legal basis of Data transfers to a country outside the European Union or to any international organization governed by public international law or set up by two or more countries, such as the UN, and about the security measures taken by the Owner to safeguard their Data.
If any such transfer takes place, Users can find out more by checking the relevant sections of this document or inquire with the Owner using the information provided in the contact section.
Personal Data shall be processed and stored for as long as required by the purpose they have been collected for.
Personal Data collected for purposes related to the performance of a contract between the Owner and the User shall be retained until such contract has been fully performed.
Personal Data collected for the purposes of the Owner’s legitimate interests shall be retained as long as needed to fulfill such purposes. Users may find specific information regarding the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner within the relevant sections of this document or by contacting the Owner.
The Owner may be allowed to retain Personal Data for a longer period whenever the User has given consent to such processing, as long as such consent is not withdrawn. Furthermore, the Owner may be obliged to retain Personal Data for a longer period whenever required to do so for the performance of a legal obligation or upon order of an authority.
Once the retention period expires, Personal Data shall be deleted. Therefore, the right of access, the right to erasure, the right to rectification and the right to data portability cannot be enforced after expiration of the retention period.
The purposes of processing
The Data concerning the User is collected to allow the Owner to provide its Service, comply with its legal obligations, respond to enforcement requests, protect its rights and interests (or those of its Users or third parties), detect any malicious or fraudulent activity, as well as the following: Analytics and Displaying content from external platforms.
For specific information about the Personal Data used for each purpose, the User may refer to the section “Detailed information on the processing of Personal Data”.
Detailed information on the processing of Personal Data
Personal Data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:
The services contained in this section enable the Owner to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to keep track of User behavior.
Google Analytics (Google Ireland Limited)
Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
Personal Data processed: Tracker; Usage Data.
Displaying content from external platforms
This type of service allows you to view content hosted on external platforms directly from the pages of this Application and interact with them.
This type of service might still collect web traffic data for the pages where the service is installed, even when Users do not use it.
Google Fonts (Google Ireland Limited)
Google Fonts is a typeface visualization service provided by Google Ireland Limited that allows this Application to incorporate content of this kind on its pages.
Personal Data processed: Tracker; Usage Data.
Further information about the processing of Personal Data
The rights of Users
Users may exercise certain rights regarding their Data processed by the Owner.
Users entitled to broader protection standards may exercise any of the rights described below. In all other cases, Users may inquire with the Owner to find out which rights apply to them.
In particular, Users have the right to do the following:
Withdraw their consent at any time. Users have the right to withdraw consent where they have previously given their consent to the processing of their Personal Data.
Object to processing of their Data. Users have the right to object to the processing of their Data if the processing is carried out on a legal basis other than consent. Further details are provided in the dedicated section below.
Access their Data. Users have the right to learn if Data is being processed by the Owner, obtain disclosure regarding certain aspects of the processing and obtain a copy of the Data undergoing processing.
Verify and seek rectification. Users have the right to verify the accuracy of their Data and ask for it to be updated or corrected.
Restrict the processing of their Data. Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to restrict the processing of their Data. In this case, the Owner will not process their Data for any purpose other than storing it.
Have their Personal Data deleted or otherwise removed. Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to obtain the erasure of their Data from the Owner.
Receive their Data and have it transferred to another controller. Users have the right to receive their Data in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and, if technically feasible, to have it transmitted to another controller without any hindrance. This provision is applicable provided that the Data is processed by automated means and that the processing is based on the User's consent, on a contract which the User is part of or on pre-contractual obligations thereof.
Lodge a complaint. Users have the right to bring a claim before their competent data protection authority.
Details about the right to object to processing
Where Personal Data is processed for a public interest, in the exercise of an official authority vested in the Owner or for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner, Users may object to such processing by providing a ground related to their particular situation to justify the objection.
Users must know that, however, should their Personal Data be processed for direct marketing purposes, they can object to that processing at any time without providing any justification. To learn, whether the Owner is processing Personal Data for direct marketing purposes, Users may refer to the relevant sections of this document.
How to exercise these rights
Any requests to exercise User rights can be directed to the Owner through the contact details provided in this document. These requests can be exercised free of charge and will be addressed by the Owner as early as possible and always within one month.
Applicability of broader protection standards
While most provisions of this document concern all Users, some provisions expressly only apply if the processing of Personal Data is subject to broader protection standards.
Such broader protection standards apply when the processing:
is performed by an Owner based within the EU;
concerns the Personal Data of Users who are in the EU and is related to the offering of paid or unpaid goods or services, to such Users;
concerns the Personal Data of Users who are in the EU and allows the Owner to monitor such Users’ behavior taking place in the EU.
Additional information about Data collection and processing
The User's Personal Data may be used for legal purposes by the Owner in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this Application or the related Services.
The User declares to be aware that the Owner may be required to reveal personal data upon request of public authorities.
Additional information about User's Personal Data
System logs and maintenance
For operation and maintenance purposes, this Application and any third-party services may collect files that record interaction with this Application (System logs) use other Personal Data (such as the IP Address) for this purpose.
Information not contained in this policy
More details concerning the collection or processing of Personal Data may be requested from the Owner at any time. Please see the contact information at the beginning of this document.
How “Do Not Track” requests are handled
This Application does not support “Do Not Track” requests.
To determine whether any of the third-party services it uses honor the “Do Not Track” requests, please read their privacy policies.
Should the changes affect processing activities performed on the basis of the User’s consent, the Owner shall collect new consent from the User, where required.
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Latest update: January 13, 2022
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Joseph leads the Science & Society Research Group at Trinity College Dublin — a multidisciplinary research group that strives for a more inclusive and resilient relationship between science and society. Joseph explores the relationship between science and society through a number of complementary research areas:
Joseph leads academic writing workshops for researchers in all disciplines. He specialises in helping to simplify the process for those who may not have that much experience in academic writing and has developed an Academic Writing Handbook for people working in museums.
Joseph’s workshops focus on participants getting hands-on experience writing, reviewing, and editing, and include components on:
Joseph has worked as a grant writer for large-scale research proposals for more than a decade. He has worked for the European Commission in a variety of roles related to research funding, including serving as an expert evaluator of research funding proposals and being an external reviewer of pan-European research projects.
In his grant writing workshops, Joseph focuses on efficient approaches to grant writing — helping researchers to create strategies that allow them to link, build upon, or reuse existing applications to help grant writers who struggle with ceaseless deadlines. Key topics covered include:
Joseph’s workshops on communication and engagement draw on his experiences as both a researcher and a practitioner.
Through his research of participatory forms of communication and engagement, Joseph demonstrates the advantages of empowering audiences. From his years of engaging with the media, Joseph uses real-world examples to illustrate the challenges of successful media engagement as well as how to cope when things go wrong. Workshop topics include:
Use this research philosophy wayfinder as a simple way to figure out your research philosophy (the belief system that governs how you carry out your research).
A basic outline of one of the most valuable types of research publications.
Books, blogs, and other writing resources to help improve our writing.
Use this spreadsheet to record the days when you write, how much time you spend writing, the number of words you write, and the writing tasks you are working on (Modelled on Paul Silvia’s version in “How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing”).
A suggested outline of how to run a writing group meeting.
Your publication plan should provide an overview of the papers you are working on. It can include the topics, key messages, and format of each paper, along with intended audiences, potential journals to target, and a realistic timeline.
A detailed explanation of the different parts of a standard academic paper.
This resource describes the four features of a good cover letter and includes a sample (fictional) template letter.
An example of how to contact a potential mentor.
A spreadsheet for mapping out your strategy for applying for research grants over multiple years.
How to engage a gatekeeper at a funding agency.
Proactively pitch your idea for a guest lecture rather than waiting to be offered an opportunity
A comprehensive example of a module descriptor for a 5 ECTs university module.
How to describe your stance on teaching. A statement often required when applying for academic posts.
An example of how to contact a potential supervisor.
A straightforward way of giving structure to the supervisory relationship.
Use this spreadsheet to create a timeline for your research project, including the key events and deliverables needed to successfully achieve all of the research goals.
Easy to create, the elevator pitch becomes invaluable with practice and refinement.
This slidedeck shows how a few slides might be presented differently depending on whether the presentation is for an academic or public audience.
A short example of corresponding with a journalist or editor to pitch an article.
When taking on any new administrative job the most important email is to the member of the team who knows the role best to seek their guidance and support.
When you cannot reply to emails, set an automated response that provides options for people while you are away.
Only have meetings when necessary and have an agenda that values everyone’s time.
A spreadsheet that links a set of tasks with a realistic timeline.
A simple overview of what is needed in an academic poster for conferences.
An outline of one of the most underrated kinds of academic publications.
Some of the key components of the research plan draw on other resources by combining a publication plan with a funding plan.
A one-page overview of your experience, education, and skills that is a mainstay of every job application.
An example of a one-page letter to support an application to an academic job.
A list of resources that have proven useful to early career researchers.