Yesterday at the AQR conference we saw some incredibly inspiring presentations and got to take part in some equally engaging workshops. As always, it is great to be able to share ideas, thoughts and feelings about our ever changing and evolving industry. Even more so when it is becoming increasingly important to remain agile and reactive to the changing needs of our clients, and the people we meet on a daily basis through our research.
See Research were lucky enough to sponsor one of the awards yesterday – The AQR Apprentice. For those that do not know, this is an award for researchers under 30. Young researchers are asked to create a 10-minute presentation about any aspect of qualitative research that they feel passionately about. Out of many that entered 3 candidates were picked to present on the day and all those that attended the conference had the opportunity to vote for the winner.
For us, these three presentations were a significant highlight of the whole day – each presentation pushed the audience to think in different ways, whether that was to clean our ‘dirty lens’, sharing something of ourselves with the people we meet or understanding our own bias. You could feel the passion and energy from the presenters being reflected back onto the audience, who in turn quoted back each presentation in further talks and presentations throughout the day. Seeing young rising stars of qual research coming to the forefront and being celebrated for their great thinking is something us at See Research are great advocates of and something we should all continue to get behind – harbouring young talent is a key ingredient for the industry’s success and its future.
Massive congratulations to Hannah Mills from Ipsos ECE who won the award – hugely well-deserved (we even shed tears at Hannah’s presentation – it was that moving!). Also, big shout out to Ollie Barker from Razor Research and John Whittle from Dub who also delivered powerful and innovative presentations.