Being a PhD student has never been easy! Learning the ropes, networking, writing and presenting papers, attending courses and much more. For us, when we were students, it was very much learning-by-doing process, and an important source of support in this process were the fellow PhD students and senior scholars we met at conferences and seminars along the way. It is because of these positive experiences from peer support groups that we are so enthusiastic about the ISTR PhD seminars. Therefore we very much look forward to next year’s event in Amsterdam, which takes place two days prior to the ISTR conference at Vrije Universiteit.
To that event we are warmly welcoming an exciting group of around 50 PhD students from many corners of the world. They will present and discuss their projects in a friendly environment facilitated by 12 senior scholars that are all engaged in civil society issues and committed to supporting junior scholars in their endeavors.
Previous seminars have also offered a keynote lecture as well as workshops around various topics. This has been very popular, so we will continue this appreciated tradition. In addition to the work we will do facilitating peer feedback on the students’ research, we are also planning workshops around issues such as getting published, post-doc careers abroad and work-life balance.
However, ISTR’s PhD seminar is not only about projects, workshops and professors giving speeches. It is also a tremendous opportunity where we can create a sound foundation for future civil society research by connecting with scholars from all over the world, supporting and learning from each other, meeting old and new friends and just having a lot of fun.