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SPRU PhD Forum

24th Annual SPRU PhD Forum 2018

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

Forum brochure available here

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.

This is a free, ticketed event for PhD students, organised by SPRU's first year PhDs. If you would like to join us, please register to attend and bring your ticket with you to the Forum. This will give you access to the full two-day event, including thought-provoking panels and presentations that will bring interdisciplinary perspectives to a wide range of topics within the area of Science, Technology and Innovation, including:

  • Science, Politics and Decision Making
  • Energy
  • Sustainability and Development
  • Economics of Innovation and Industrial Policy
  • Technology and Innovation Management

We are excited to reveal that this year's speakers include: Dr Helene Ahlborg, Professor Philippe Laredo, Professor Steven McGuire, Professor Tim Foxon, Professor Johan Schot, Dr Michael Hopkins, Dr Tommaso Ciarli, Professor Joanna Chataway, Felix Rehnberg; with more to be confirmed soon. These speakers will provide keynote speeches, lead panel discussions and chair PhD presentations from a number of talented students who will be presenting their ideas and research to-date.

We look forward to seeing you from 9am-6pm on 17th May and 9:30am-6pm on 18th May 2018 at SPRU.

Extra information

Conference Location

The conference will take place in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) within the Jubilee Building at the University of Sussex, Brighton. For information on how to get to the university, please follow these directions.

Where to stay

If you are visiting us from a distance and looking for accommodation nearby, please see the university's list of suggested places to stay.

Forum brochure

The Forum brochure and schedule is available to download here.

Contact Us

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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