The DRN is a collection of interdisciplinary Masters, PhD and early career social science researchers, focused on a variety of defence, security and military related topics in relation to policy, strategy, history, culture and society. As a network, we strive to build professional connections to aid individual development, support each other in research and topic related issues, and bring together like-minded researchers, supported by senior academics.

In order to foster continuous professional development and support to researchers within the defence community we are hosting a monthly Twitter hour dedicated to defence research topics. A Twitter hour allows instant connection to the defence research community and beyond, engaging around a range of topics which we hope will be thought provoking.

The Twitter hour will take place on the second Wednesday of every month between 2000-2100 GMT.

Our Launch Twitter hour will be on Wednesday the 8th of January 2020 between 2000-21000, you can follow it here.

How to Participate

Prior to the Twitter hour details of the topic will be posted on the Defence Research Network Website and the list of 3 questions that will be considered throughout the chat. Details of the chat will be posted on Twitter from the @DefenceResNet account to remind you it is happening.

At 2000 a Defence Research Network committee member will use the @DefenceResNet account to start the conversation by posting the first question, roughly 20 minutes in the second question will be asked and 40 minutes in the third. Questions are limited to 3 to allow conversations to grow and connections to be built.

Questions will stimulate responses from different Twitter users, the idea is that you engage with the responses that resonate with you to stimulate conversations in many different directions. This can be fast paced as there may be a flurry of responses, but the more you engage the more manageable we hope it will be. You do not need to respond to every tweet or question please engage on the topics that you enjoy and are interested in.

Please be sure all of your replies include @DefenceResNet  and the #Defence hashtag so that all users can see your responses and to make sure that all tweets are linked for the formation of the transcript.

NB: If your Twitter account is usually protected (i.e., if you have a padlock next to your handle), people will not be able to see your tweets. Be sure to turn this protection off if you would like people

Reflective Practice

We encourage that following the Twitter hour you take some time to consider what you have learnt from the chat and to follow up anything of interest. It may be useful to consider the following questions?

  • What were my expectations before engaging in the Twitter hour?
  • What did I learn that was new during the Twitter hour?
  • What would l like to know more about?
  • What can help me to further develop my knowledge on this topic.

Resource Sharing

If participants choose to share useful resources within the chat session or if there is anything you have found of interest, please do let us know and we can upload or put links to it on to the website.

Visit the Twitter Hour Archive to see all our past DefResChats!