I have extensive experience in scientific project management and very much enjoy the variety of tasks and responsibility involved. Since 2008, I have managed and supported research done through the DEtermining VOlcanic Risk in Auckland (DEVORA) programme. Since 2014, I have fulfilled the duties of my project management role alongside my doctoral research. As a DEVORA project manager, I:
- Create and maintain long and short-term work plans and budgets
- Co-lead our public outreach programme
- Handle our media and communications strategies (e.g. website content, Facebook, press releases)
- Write quarterly reports describing research progress of our 60+ scientists to our funding partners
- Plan and carry out fieldwork
- Analyse rocks using a variety of techniques, and interpret data
- Supervise and mentor a research assistant team and other junior researchers
- Communicate research results in written and oral formats to the scientific community, emergency managers and lifelines organisations, and the public
- Provide support to the two programme leaders and wider research group
- Liaise with stakeholders
- Organise meetings, e.g. our annual research forum, steering committee meetings, student meetings
- Anything else, big or small, that needs doing!
I described a week in this role here. My duties increase in number and responsibility every year and are highly variable in any given week.
I also assisted with the management of VOlcanic RIsk to Saudi Arabia (VORISA), a similarly-focused project on the Harrat Rahat volcanic field, from 2011 to 2014.