The PhD Soundboard is a council of active members of the PhD Network, having regular meetings (usually via Skype) to discuss ideas to be developed, the following steps, to approve what other groups want to accomplish and to support the PhD Representative. To be part of the Soundboard PhD students have to become a member of the PhD Network. This membership is automatically granted when participating at the IMISCOE Annual Conference with the PhD discount.

The current members of the PhD Soundboard are embarking into personal projects, most importantly finishing their PhDs. Therefore, we are opening the call for the yearly renewal of the team. This volunteer-task can expand your professional network, improve your CV and develop your organizational and leadership skills. The positions that will become vacant are for the period of August 2017 – July 2018. For more information about the Working Groups, please send an email to the contact person, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PhD Representative

The position is appointed for the period of one academic year, with the following duties: formal representation of the PhD Network inside IMISCOE, main contact person for all PhD related issues by email, central point in the PhD related activities. For more details about this position, please contact Carmen C. Draghici, University Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité, the current PhD Representative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop Committee

The Working Group "PhD Workshop" is responsible for the organisation of the IMISCOE PhD Workshop that takes place in the morning of the first day of the annual IMISCOE Conference. It brainstorms the topics of the workshops, sets up the schedule, organises the potential speakers and, in the final phase before the conference, coordinates with the conference organisers for the logistics.

Contact person: Eva Zschirnt, University of Neuchâtel and NCCR on the move, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Insights - PhD Blog Team (https://imiscoephdblog.wordpress.com/)

The IMISCOE PhD blog forms a platform to share insights from the field of migration research, and is completely run and written by PhD students from our network. The content varies from interviews with scholars, reports on the latest conferences and meetings and theoretical contributions from our members.

Contact person : Ilona van Breugel Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nexus - Networking inside IMISCOE

Nexus is trying to bridge different groups of PhD Students across IMISCOE Institutes. We would like that the strength of the networks at the PhD level could contribute to create new research projects, strengthen collaborations, and build better support for our career. We created a database of the existing PhD Groups of IMISCOE Institutes and we plan to organize an inter-generational workshop to join PhD students with experienced researchers.

Contact person: Ludek Jirka, Charles University in Prague, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teaching Reflections

Most of us are or will be engaged in teaching activities and have little opportunity to reflect on this part of our academic lives - especially in an interdisciplinary international context. Not only among PhDs, but more generally, international networks and conferences pay little or no attention to teaching. Therefore, we like to give attention to teaching about migration and integration issues. In this Working Group we'd like to exchange, learn, inspire and motivate each other to do better teaching in the future.

We are looking for new people who would like to take over our activities and have new ideas how to stimulate international learning on teaching about migration and integration issues. Therefore, during the PhD assembly, we will ask who wants to join this initiative. We can give your our thoughts and what we did in the past, but you're free to develop new initiatives for the future!

Contact person: Mark van Ostaijen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.