Recently I had the opportunity to present my research at a conference on ‘Listening to community voices: Exploring the wealth of coastal fisheries’. The conference was a perfect venue for presenting my research in design, technology and community voices. It was also a good opportunity for me to represent the application of technology and acquire feedback from the communities.
The most interesting part of the conference for me was the discussion with the stakeholders at Rabo de Peixe, the opportunity to show and explain the research outcomes to the stakeholders was a great idea. It was a great experience for me as a researcher to know and understand my stakeholders.
The technology that helped translate Portuguese to English and vice versa was brilliant and I thought it helped to break the language barriers in such International conferences. And also the people who helped us with translation during our discussions and workshops did a great job in bringing the discussion together.
During the conference the contacts I built helped me to test my research methods, which I have been developing in the past 12 months as apart of my PhD research.
As a researcher working on Communities in different cultural context I found the conference to be benefiting as it was a great opportunity to interact and develop networks from researchers, practitioners who are working in the similar field. Participating in the discussions alongside researchers and stakeholders helped me understand their requirements.