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SPRU PhD Forum

25th Annual SPRU PhD Forum 2019

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2019
Venue tbc, University of Sussex campus, Brighton


The 25th Annual SPRU PhD Forum will be held on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May 2019 at the University of Sussex. The theme this year is Global challenges, local contexts: Reconciling theory and practice in Science, Technology and Innovation.

The SPRU PhD Forum is a unique, free, two-day event for PhD students, organised by SPRU’s first year PhD cohort. It focusses on giving doctoral researchers the opportunity to present their current research around Innovation, Science and Technology Policy, to a range of other doctoral students, researchers and academics from SPRU and around the world.

If you are a PhD student and would like to present at our event, you can complete our “Call for presentations” form here.
Please note: the submission deadline is the 28th February and we will let you know if your application is successful by the 31st March 2019.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to attend the conference without presenting, please register for the event here.
Please note: the deadline to register for this event is the 30th April 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at our event!

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 2018

17 - 18 May 2018
Jubilee Building, University of Sussex, Brighton

The 24th Annual SPRU PhD Forum was held on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2018 at the University of Sussex. The theme was '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.

Download the forum brochure and read more about the event.

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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