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24th Annual SPRU PhD Forum 2018

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2018
University of Sussex campus, Brighton

The 24th Annual SPRU PhD Forum will be held on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2018 at the University of Sussex. The theme this year is 'Science, Technology and Innovation for a World in Transition: Interdisciplinary Perspectives' with an emphasis on thinking across disciplinary boundaries, and connecting and integrating different views and approaches to the challenges faced by our changing world.

The SPRU PhD Forum is a free, two-day event that provides doctoral researchers with a unique space in which to present their research, network and collaborate.

Centred on the overlapping fields of innovation, science, and technology policy studies this event discusses research within the areas of science, politics and decision making; energy; sustainability and development; economics of innovation and industrial policy; and technology and innovation management. It also welcomes connections with all related fields including: economics, security, development, life sciences, the creative industries, and more.

This annual event is organised by current SPRU PhD students meaning that the Forum is more informal than a normal conference. The Forum is specifically designed to enable dialogue and personal feedback from peers and world-class researchers from SPRU and beyond.

This year’s event will include keynote speakers from across disciplinary boundaries, plenary and paper sessions and great opportunities for networking and collaboration, including a free evening meal. 

Speakers confirmed so far include: Dr Helene Ahlborg from Chalmers University in Sweden and Professor Philippe Laredo from the University of Manchester.

The SPRU PhD Forum aims to be a supportive and constructive moment in the lives of doctoral students:

  • You will have the opportunity to present your work in different formats
  • You can make new friends, explore connections and research interests and help to develop the doctoral community here in the UK and further afield
  • You have an excuse to visit Brighton!

Register your interest today!

The Forum is open to PhD students and staff from any university.

If you would like to attend the conference, please register your interest here.

To apply to present your work, please also complete this form.

We welcome presentations across all disciplines for the following research areas: Science, Politics and Decision Making; Energy; Sustainability and Development; Economics of Innovation and Industrial Policy; and Technology and Innovation Management. This year’s hope is to also encourage interdisciplinary research that falls across multiple areas or sits on the boundary between one of these areas and other topics.

Applications will require a short bio and brief description of your research. Please see the registration form for more details. The deadline for abstract submissions is 5pm, 26th March 2018. 

Additional information

  • More information about speakers, the schedule and other useful information will be posted here in due course.
  • There will be tea, coffee and lunches provided free across both days.
  • There will be a formal evening meal at the end of Day 1.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to compensate travel or accommodation expenses, however we are more than happy to help you with any queries and will make every effort to support your attendance. Please let us know how we can help you attend.

Contact

Please feel free to contact the SPRU PhD team sprudoc@gmail.com with any questions about the event, your attendance, or any other matters related to the Forum.

You can also follow us on Twitter to keep updated: @SPRU_Forum

PhD Forum 2017

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May 2017
University of Sussex campus, Brighton

The 23rd Annual SPRU PhD Forum was held on 8th-9th May at the University of Sussex. The theme was 'New Research Agendas for Innovation, Science and Technology Policy' with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and networking. Two plenaries – ‘International Politics and the Changing Role of the ‘Expert’’ and ‘Future Research Agendas’ – brought together panel members from both inside and outside of SPRU, and were followed by a diverse schedule of Research Discussions and Thematic Sessions.

Download the full programme  or just the main schedule.

DPhil Day 2016

Monday 9th May and Tuesday 10th May
University of Sussex campus, Brighton

The 22nd Annual SPRU DPhil Day in conjunction with SPRU’s 50th Anniversary, was a postgraduate conference held 9th-10th of May at the University of Sussex’s Campus, Brighton. Incorporating the theme of plurality, DSkills Day (9th of May) invited a number of speakers from both inside and outside of SPRU to talk about their own experiences with the process of doing research and 'the plurality of research perspectives'. Plurality in social sciences encompasses all stages of research, from the theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and impact and influence. The second day, (10th of May) offered participants from any stages of PhD research an opportunity to present their work, and gain insights and thoughts from peers and prominent scholars in a friendly, engaging, and professional environment.

Programme

The event programme is online here.

DPhil Day 2015
Tuesday 5th May and Wednesday 6th May
University of Sussex campus, Brighton

The 21st Annual SPRU DPhil Day, SPRU’s postgraduate conference, was held at the beginning of May in the Jubilee Building of University of Sussex’s Campus, Brighton. Confirmed Speakers: Key Guy (OECD), Luigi Marengo (LUISS, Rome), Mariana Mazzucato (SPRU), and Andy Stirling (SPRU). Incorporating the theme of uncertainty, DSkills Day (5th of May)  invited a number of speakers from both inside and outside of SPRU to talk about their own experiences with the process of doing research and the uncertainties within. Covering all stages of research, from the beginnings of a research focus to the impact and influence of research, the uncertainties were unpacked, unfolded, and hopefully made a little more certain. DPhil Day itself (6th of May) gave delegates an opportunity to present their own research, no matter at what stage it is, and gain insights and thoughts from peers and prominent scholars in a friendly, engaging, and professional environment.

DPhil Day Program [PDF 11.67MB] 

DPhil Day 2014

On the twentieth anniversary of SPRU’s annual postgraduate conference, this year’s theme challenged both expert and novice researchers to shine a light on the darker side of their research experiences. What is it actually like conducting research and trying to influence policy debates on science, technology and innovation? We want the story behind the story; the challenges, grit, and messiness of research and policy-influencing as it really is.

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