Vision Researchers Colloquium 2020 goes online

This year's Vision Reseachers Colloquium took place on Thursday 2 July. VRC 2020 online programme (PDF, 483kB)‌. 

And our keynote speaker was Professor David Perrett from the School of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, who talked about 'Face and Body Perception'.  

This annual one-day event, led by Bristol Vision Institute (BVI) and in collaboration with the Universities of Bath, Exeter and Cardiff, brings together vision researchers from a wide range of disciplines.

The colloquium provides an ideal opportunity for postgraduate students, postdoctoral research associates and others at an equivalent career stage, to present their work and obtain valuable feedback in an informal conference environment.

Abstract submissions are welcomed from all areas of Vision Science and Engineering, including, but not limited to Biology, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Physics, Mathematics and the Creative Arts.

The aim is to strengthen local cross disciplinary links in vision science and the workshop is open to anyone. In the past we have had attendance from across the UK and beyond. The colloquium is specifically intended to provide an opportunity for postgraduate students, postdoctoral research associates and others at an equivalent early career stage, to present their work and obtain valuable feedback in an informal conference environment.

VRC 2020 - A Session Chair's Perspective

We asked one of the session chairs, Dr Eleanor Caves, from the University of Exeter, how she found the experience:

"2020 has been a tough year for all of us in a variety of ways. For me, as an international researcher here for only two years, COVID lockdowns and campus closures have made it harder for me to meet new colleagues and feel that I’ve become truly involved with and integrated into the research community in the UK. 

This past spring, however, I participated in my first Vision Researchers Colloquium, by chairing one of the (virtual) sessions, and it truly was a wonderful experience. Chairing a session at the VRC was a perfect introduction to the exciting research being conducted in the field of vision research among the GW4 universities. In one day, I saw talks on everything from object recognition in virtual reality environments to bee perception of shiny surfaces, presented by researchers at a variety of career stages. 

This is the first research community I’ve been a part of that has had a day-long event devoted just to vision research being conducted at nearby universities, and the GW4 are lucky to have this event to highlight interesting research, strengthen connections, and even inspire collaborations. For me, participating in this year’s virtual VRC will I hope help me feel more connected to my research community at future in-person conferences. I think I’ll recognise more familiar faces and feel more a part of this vibrant and diverse research community. The GW4 universities truly are a hub of vision research, and a community I’m glad to have been a part of". 

Thank you Eleanor, we're glad you found the day useful. And thank you also to the other Chairs, Dr Annabelle Redfern, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol and Marek Pedziwiatr, School of Psychology, Cardiff University for helping the day run so smoothly.

Professor David Perrett

Find out more about our 2020 keynote speaker.

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