Information Science Scotland: advanced training for PhD students April 2016


Esrc_logoInformation Science Scotland, the partnership of the four Scottish universities that support research students within the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Information Science Pathway (Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Strathclyde, and Robert Gordon), is hosting a two-day training event on April 12th and 13th 2016. The venue is the Sighthill campus of Edinburgh Napier University (room 5.B.14), which has good transport links to the rest of the city by tram, bus and train.

The event is being run in collaboration with two leading academics from the Department of Archive and Library Science at Ionian University, Corfu in Greece: Dr Petros Kostagiolas and Dr Christina Banou. It is funded by the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, through which bookings can be made. It is offered free of charge to all PhD students registered at Scottish universities. Students based at Scottish universities beyond Edinburgh are also entitled to claim expenses related to attendance at this event.

The sessions will be of interest to research students in Information Science and related disciplines who are keen develop their expertise in: the development and application of research frameworks; research impact and evaluation; conducting research in organisational contexts; techniques for research in information retrieval and archives; and publishing.

The two-day programme has been designed to include interactive workshops and opportunities for networking, including a drinks reception at the end of the first day. The event is suitable for doctoral students at all stages of their studies.

The programme is as follows:

Tuesday 12th April

Time Session Presenter
10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:30-12:00 Frameworks for studies of information behaviour and use Dr Diane Pennington, Strathclyde University
12:00-13:30 A research approach for explaining distance outcomes of information needs satisfaction through Wilson’s macro model of ISB Dr Petros Kostagiolas, Ionian University
13:30-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:20 Measuring impact and evaluation of research Dr Elizabeth Tait, Robert Gordon University
15:20-15:55 Tea/coffee
15:55-17:00 Information services performance/quality/value/impact/benefit: (a) concepts and implications; (b) projecting library performance/quality in “time” Dr Petros Kostagiolas, Ionian University
17:00 onwards Drinks reception

Wednesday 13th April

09:00-09:30 Tea/coffee
09:30-11:00 Researching organisations and case studies Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University
11:00-12:30 A research agenda for the management of intellectual capital Dr Petros Kostagiolas, Ionian University
12:30-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:40 Information retrieval/archives research Dr Frank Hopfgartner, Glasgow University
14:40-15:10 Tea/coffee
15:10-16:30 Academic publishing Dr Petros Kostagiolas and Dr Christina Banou, Ionian University
16:30 Close

PhD students based at Scottish universities are invited to register free of charge for this event on EventBrite by Thursday 7th April 2016. These students can also claim travel expenses associated with participation (provided that they are not registered at a university based in Edinburgh). Any Scotland-based student whose home university is beyond the central belt may also claim accommodation expenses for the night on Tuesday 12th April. NB by making a booking you are committing to participate at the event. There are limited places: if you cannot attend please let the organisers know so that your place can be offered to another student.

If you are a PhD student based at a university outside Scotland and would like to attend this event, we may be able to offer you a place. This will depend on the demand for places from students based in Scotland. Please contact Hazel Hall by email at to enquire about the availability of a place, and the cost of attending.

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