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Reviews of AQR Events

Not the Christmas Party 2017
AQR's annual "Not the Christmas Party" was once again in February, and once again back at The Ivy.

Eyes Wide Opened
Research conferences this autumn have been a tad more exciting than normal, and though this session at the RSA lacked a gorilla the panel debate more than made up for it.

Three stars from ESOMAR
For an ESOMAR conference first timer (AQR was an association partner), Sam Nunn was impressed. Here she picks out her standout moments from Amsterdam.

Laugh-a-minute at YUG quiz
What do you call a French man in sandals? Phillippe Phillope!

Making mobile unobtrusive
The Peter Dann webinar, in which he talked 'mobile ethnography', prompted the audience to debate whether we need to tighten up how we label the methods we use.

Bringing a "Day in the Life" to life
The latest in AQR's Spark events was billed as lifting the cloak of invisibility to show how Behavioural Economics is all around nudging and steering our behavior 24/7.

Ideas that make a difference
Lindsay Bell and colleagues trekked off to the recent Spark on creativity with little idea of what awaited them. Would the 'No Wrong Answers' quiz challenge their thinking?

Experience of universality
Nicky Forsythe explored the strong links between qual and psychotherapy at the April Spark when she looked at how to apply 'empathetic listening' to our work.

Visualising running barriers
The successful Breakfast Bites series this time focused on creating infographics. The first message: try staying away from PowerPoint and get creative on paper.

Forum on form
The MRS's Impact 2016 was a cornucopia of new thinking, entertaining speakers and storytelling, but if Day two was this good, what have I missed?

Thoughts become things
Two days out at a conference overseas is always a risk, but Qual360 in Berlin delivered, offering new and creative ways to get under the skin of consumers.

Nutritious playing day
An intensive day 'workshopping' that leaves you burning to practice on everyone you encounter, in a playful way, for the rest of the day has to be a hit.

Power of visual thinking
Simplicity was key to Kevin Duncan's talk at the latest Spark: how simple diagrams can help not just focus a pitch and win business, but help at the analysis and debrief stage, too.

How to boss a briefing
AQR's first Breakfast Bites kicked off in style, acting not just as a reminder of best practice, but also highlighting some important behavioural tips and techniques.

Hands-on Moderating
The opportunity to hone your moderating skills can be viewed with trepidation, but AQR offers a non-threatening environment and tutors who've been there and done it all.

Not The Xmas Party step-by-step guide
AQR's parties are noteworthy, but this year's was a right cracker as our first-timer, Tamsin, is happy to report and the piano player had a major part to play, too.

Not the Christmas Party 2016
AQR's annual "Not the Christmas Party" was definitely not the "Christmas" party this year, taking place in February.

Cool Collaboration
Paris hosted one of last year's hot tickets, ESOMAR's Global Qualitative 2015 Conference, but it was the topic of Millennials which keep rearing its head, in all kinds of guises, across the three days.

One quiz to rule them all
As a newcomer to the research industry I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Journeying into the unknown (well, the Warwick pub in Piccadilly) made it exciting and then daunting as I considered the possibility of small talk and endless industry in-jokes.

Stop, Breathe, and Be
The latest Spark was a workshop in mindfulness for moderators, and as Graham Brown reports, it can be a startlingly effective tool.