As in the past years, the IMISCOE Annual Conference hosts a series of activities tailored for PhDs, aimed at meeting their specific needs. Most of the PhD activities will take place during the first day of the Annual Conference: Tuesday, June 30 2020, between 8.30 and 15.15, except for a peer-to-peer feed back session that will take place on the second day, Wednesday, July 1 2020, between 18.00 and 19.45. Organized by fellow PhD students, the PhD Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for any interested PhD student to learn about the PhD Network, get to know and exchange with other PhD students as well as with senior researchers, and, last but not least, to acquire and train academic skills of relevance both during and after a PhD.

Here is the program: we will start the conference with breakfast and coffee, which will be kindly provided, and we will then open the PhD Assembly. After the Assembly, we will have our three workshops. Please find below the timetable and the description of each activity, in order for you to be able to choose what to attend. We hope many PhDs will want to join us!


Tuesday, June 30 2020
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast & Coffee
09:00 – 09:45 PhD Network Assembly
09:45 – 10:30 Publishing. How to get published during a Ph.D. Teaching workshop
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15 Dissertation. How to write a good Ph.D. thesis
12:15 –13:30 Lunch
13:15 – 15:15 PhD Intergenerational Feedback Session
Wednesday, July 1 2020
18.15 – 19.45 PhD peer-to-peer feedback session


1. Breakfast and PhD Network Assembly , 08.00 – 09.00

After a good cup of coffee, we will begin with the PhD Network Assembly, which is open to anyone who wishes to know what the Network is and how it functions and possibly wants to get involved! Please do come, even if you have never heard of the Network before and it is the first time you come to the IMISCOE Annual Conference, as you will learn about the work and organisation of the PhD Network. All interested PhDs are invited to discuss current developments in IMISCOE and raise issues concerning PhDs during the assembly. If you’re interested in becoming an active member in the PhD Network, this is the place to be!

2. Publishing. How to get published during PhD – 9.45 – 10.30

Publishing is often one of the biggest fears of PhD students, as well as one of the biggest sources of stress and frustration. Join this workshop to learn more about writing up the research findings in the form of a journal article and submitting it to the specialized journals, on the publishing process and expectations, as well as do's and don'ts. Speakers to be announced soon! Stay tuned!

3. Teaching Controversial Migration and Integration Issues, 09.45 – 10.30

It is becoming increasingly common for PhD students to teach undergraduate seminars on top of undertaking research – a task that is not always easy to manage. Moreover, PhDs teaching in the area of migration and integration are facing ever greater challenges, as they deal with emotionally charged and highly politicized topics, particularly in the context of refugee and migrant crisis management in Europe. Following the discussion in Malmö, this workshop aims at discussing strategies and experiences to help PhD students manage controversial issues in their teaching, with a focus on the new challenges rising from refugee integration. The workshop is open to all doctoral students.

4. Dissertation. How to write a good Ph.D. thesis?, 09.00 – 10.30

We all know too well that career advancement in academia is based on developing research proposals that are effective, be it as individual researchers or as members of large research projects. The doctoral thesis is the first big project that PhD students face. Join this talk from experienced scholars who will share their experience and opinions on writing a good doctoral thesis. The workshop’s aim is to learn from outstanding scholars what a successful dissertation process should look like. Speakers to be announced soon! Stay tuned!

5. “Intergenerational Feedback” Session, 13.15 – 15.15

Would you like to receive feedback on your research project or advice on your future career plans and options? Then the Intergenerational Feedback Session is what you should attend, as it connects PhD students with experienced scholars for dialogues across generations, in an interdisciplinary and international context. The aim is to provide an open, safe and accessible platform for constructive discussions, where PhD students receive feedback from experienced scholars on theoretical and methodological frameworks related to their research project. In an informal, yet productive, setting, the session will take the form of small group discussions – groups of PhDs will be formed and matched to a senior scholar with whom the group will discuss.

PhDs at any stage of their research are welcome, but paces are limited and participation is based on a Call – read and download the Call for Participation here (available soon)– the Call is open until March 1st , 2020.

6. Academic “speed dating”, Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 18.15 - 19.45

Having a good mentor is fundamental for PhD students, but so is having fruitful discussions with fellow PhD students, to exchange comments about respective research endeavors and share insights and possibilities for career options. Therefore, this year we are happy to invite you to the brand-new academic speed dating session for PhD students. Participants in this moderated session will present their research projects to peers and listen to their presentations, rotating every five minutes. The aim is to create an informal setting for PhD candidates to meet and discuss, and to practice giving elevator-pitch presentations of their research. For more information, please contact Domiziana Turcatti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .