Researchers of tomorrow gather to explore journey to a PhD

A unique conference in Aberdeen this autumn will bring together the next generation of academic researchers to explore what life at the forefront of learning and discovery demands in today’s world.

The PhD Journey Conference, which will take place on 6-7 November 2012 in Elphinstone Hall on the University of Aberdeen King’s College campus in Aberdeen, is a multi-disciplinary conference aimed at prospective and new research students across Scotland who are about to embark on their PhD journey.

This is the first time that such an event – organised by students for students – has been held in Scotland.  

Over the two days, around 200 delegates from Scottish universities will take part in seminars and workshops hosted by leaders in academia and industry, as well as PhD students at varying points on their own personal PhD Journeys.

Prominent speakers include forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black of the University of Dundee, evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford, Doctor Ursula Weiss, a senior editor of Nature, and Professor Derek Colquhoun, previously Director of Research at the University of Hull, which was the first UK university to host such an event for PhD students – and organised by fellow students.

The PhD Journey is being organised by a team led by postgraduate research student at the University of Aberdeen, Catherine MacDonald. 

Catherine said: “This will be a unique and exciting opportunity for those considering a PhD and those who have already embarked on the journey. We know that this can be a very challenging experience, requiring lots of new skills and support networks.  

“We want to explore all the different aspects that studying at a doctorate level entails, the skills that the student requires, and also look at the different opportunities that arise through the PhD journey.

“Attendees will benefit from the opportunity to network and build relationships with both peers and representatives from academia and industry, and leave the conference prepared and enlightened about application procedures, funding opportunities, the challenges of doctoral research and the diverse opportunities that can follow PhD study.

 “We would like to see the conference develop into a network of young researchers, who will come together annually at a different Scottish university, returning to Aberdeen in a few years time.”

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