Euprera PhD Seminar
Idea and content
The 8th Euprera PhD seminar has been held in Brussels from September 14th to September 17th 2014, as usual the days just after the Euprera Congress. The next one will be held following the Euprera Congress in Oslo.
It is highly recommended that PhD students attend the congress as well as the seminar. There is always a special package fee including both events. For PhD student attending both the congress and the PhD seminar an informal get together will be organized during the first day of the congress to support networking during the congress.
The aim of the seminar is to provide an international setting where doctoral students within corporate communication and public relations can present their ongoing work, get feedback from experts and peers and establish a valuable network for the future.
The seminar will benefit from the impact of the congress. The main focus of the seminar will be on the work in progress of participants. A special focus will be on the variety of subjects, approaches and methods that are found at different universities. A variety of working forms will be organized to make it dynamic and inspiring. Small lectures and general discussion on research methods and philosophy of science will be included.
Before registration participants must submit a one page abstract of their PhD project together with documentation of their enrolment as PhD student. The subject of the PhD project must be related to public relations and/or organizational communication. Submit to Prof. Inger Jensen email@example.com, who will reply directly to you. There will be a limited number of 18 doctoral students. When the mentioned criteria are met, the principle will be first come, first served.
By August 11 participants must submit a 10 page paper on their PhD project. It is recommended that the paper is problem focused rather than conclusive. It should be a description of the subject of interest and the theoretical and methodological approach and indicate what kind of feedback is especially wanted. Indicate also the phase of the PhD project between start and end, so that feed back could be stimulating and fair to the process. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants must make a presentation of their work at the seminar and prepare to give feedback to 3 papers that must be carefully read on beforehand. Shortly after August 11, when the papers have been submitted, a detailed program together with all the papers and instruction about presentation and feedback responsibilities will be distributed.
An important role of the PhD seminar is the opportunity to network with peers. It is important to share the working hours as well as the time for socializing with the seminar group. Therefore, you should not plan private tourist activities during the seminar days.
Experts and facilitators
Associate Professor Emeritus in social sciences at Roskilde University. One of the initiators of the master’s degree program in public relations at Roskilde University. Research and teaching areas: Strategic Processes, Business Ethics, Organisational Legitimacy, Social Responsibility, Human Resources, Competence and Public Relations. Member of research network on Agents and Institutions – on opening the borderlines between economics and sociology. Past President of EUPRERA and chairman of the Research Committee. Member of the jury of EUPRERA-students award. Supervisor of Ph.D. students in public relations. December 2000 – April 2007 vice rector of Roskilde University. Responsible coordinator of EUA project on Creativity in Teaching and Learning.
2014 PhD seminar: Brussels (14-17 September)
2013 PhD seminar: Barcelona (6-9 October)
2012 PhD seminar: Istanbul (23-25 September)
2011 PhD seminar: Leeds (10-13 September).
2010 PhD seminar: Jyvaskyla (25-28 September).
2009 PhD seminar Bucharest (26-28 September).
2008 PhD Seminar Milan (18-21 October).
2007 PhD seminar Roskilde (30 October - 3 September).
Comments from participants
The Barcelona Nine
Written by Pauline Madigan to commemorate a lovely time had by everyone at PhD seminar in Barcelona, Oct 2013
Dear friends, I ask you to listen
To a story I’ve to tell
About eight people I encountered
In Barcelona’s city dwell
But before I go on to tell you
About the ‘Barcelona Nine’
We must mention two other people
Who were oh so very fine
Enric – he was our host
And what a host he was,
With Maria’s help he made us see
Bacelona’s beauty and Euprera’s great good cause
The PhD Seminar was oh so special
We really were divine
We guided and we listened
We call ourselves – the Barcelona Nine!
The first person was Juliane
A messer she was not
She guided and provided
Us with help – so thanks a lot
Marcus was another chap
At our doctorate too
Finnish he is now
And finish his PhD he will too
The local lad was Marc
No more helpful could he have been
And let’s hope he learns to learn
To prioritise with whom he’s keen…
The new Mammy of the group
Monika – the online savvy one
But it’s her new bambino
That’s bringing her most fun
Celma was a special one
For in a room we slept
We drank, we smoked we laughed
And have secrets to be kept!!
And then there was Evandro
He’s lively, lovely and great fun
His smile was just so brilliant
He was surely our hunky, hot one!
And Sue she helped us all
Her book we will all buy
But it’s her friendship and her guidance
That we will remember her by
The last person I want to mention
You all know she’s oh so fine
For Inger – we say thank you
For your amazing time
So now, I’ll love and leave you
For this seminar was so divine
And we will always remember
The Barcelona nine!
This is a note of thanks from the PhD students who attended the first PhD seminar organised by Euprera at Roskilde University:
We particularly want to thank Inger Jensen whose brilliant vision this was, as well as Sue Wolstenholme, Jacob Dahl Rendtorff who gave such valuable feedback and Anne who looked after us so well. Other people must have contributed to the success and of course Euprera and RUC as a whole made it possible.
We have had a fantastic time, working together from different countries and at different stages of research to solve each other's dilemmas. We are sure you - and the wider PR community - will see the benefits of this collaboration in years to come and really hope you will support seminars like this in the future. There will be more detailed reports in the next Euprera newsletter, of course. With thanks to all of you and, in particular, to the kindness and dedication of Inger.
from Camilla Berggren, Alenka Jelen, Birte Fähnrich, Gisela Goncalves, Howard Nothhaft, Irène Perrin, Johanna Fawkes, Nilam Ashra, Swaran Sandhu