Registrations open for iDocQ 2013, Monday 24th June, Aberdeen

idocq_bannerSince 2011 the partner universities of the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science information science pathway have hosted an annual doctoral colloquium. This is aimed at students studying for PhDs in information science and other related disciplines. This year’s event takes place on Monday 24th June at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and registrations for the day are now open. The event is suitable for doctoral students at all stages of their studies. Registration is free to UK students. International students can also attend for a small fee: if you are an international student who would like to attend please e-mail me at for details.

Information Science Pathway logoThe event will include: (1) a keynote presentation from a guest speaker; (2) an opportunity for students to present their work to one another in 20×20 format, with a prize for best top 1st, 2nd and 3rd year presentations; (3) a choice of 4 breakout sessions; (4) feedback and discussion on all work presented facilitated by Information Science pathway academics from SGS partner institutions.

Outline programme

The outline programme is as follows:

10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:30-10:45 Welcome
10:45-11:00 Speed networking line-up
11:00-11:30 Guest presentation by Dr Annemaree Lloyd, Charles Sturt University, Australia
11:30-12:30 20×20 presentations by students
12:30-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 20×20 presentations by students
15:15-15:30 Tea/coffee
15:30-16:30 Breakout sessions: students attend one session from a choice of (1) Writing (and rewriting) the literature review; (2) Defining and refining research questions; (3) Preparing for fieldwork; (4) Defending your thesis.
16:30-17:00 Plenary and prize-giving

iDocQ programme committee

One of the strengths of iDocQ is that its programme committee comprises students who represent the four Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Information Science pathway institutions. The 2013 reps are: Lynn Killick of Edinburgh Napier University, who is helping me with marketing the event and registrations; Calum Liddle of Strathclyde University, who is co-ordinating arrangements for the students’ 20×20 presentations and breakout session choices; Mazni Md-Yusof of Robert Gordon University, who is managing on-site arrangements in Aberdeen; and Mathews Piri of the University of Glasgow, who is co-ordinating arrangements for the academic staff who are contributing on the day. Mathews is also the iiDocQ programme committee chair. I’m helping the students with their plans as part of my duties as Convener of the information science pathway in 2012/13.

Travel bursaries

A number of travel bursaries will be made available to students from members of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Science member institutions (only) to help support their participation at iDocQ. Details of these will be e-mailed to those who qualify after they have registered their places. (Any students who require accommodation need to book this at their own expense.)

Students from outside the UK

Non-UK students are most welcome to attend iDocQ for a small fee. If you are a non-UK student and would like further information on how to register at iDocQ, please e-mail me at


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i3 conference

i3 logoThe colloquium takes place the day before the i3 conference (which runs from Tuesday 25th until 28th June 2013 at the same venue as iDocQ). Several participants at iDocQ will be staying on for the conference. If you would like to register for i3, please see the i3 conference web site.

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