Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.
Organizers: Marjolijn Antheunis*, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Director) Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig Maximillian U, Germany (Steering Committee member) Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Steering Committee member) German Neubaum, U of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Steering Committee member)
Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division and Mobile Communication Interest Group
Description: The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the doctoral consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into groups of 5-8 people, determined by the thematic nature of the research. One group will be dedicated to mobile communication, the remaining groups to the broader area of communication and technology. In each group, students will be invited to present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium (DC). Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from two to three faculty participants. There will also be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates. In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. The topics will include positioning one's work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic. The goal of the DC is to provide a unique professional development and intellectual opportunity for those doctoral candidates who seek to make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and mobile communication, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Based on feedback from participants, the DC has been very successful in the past. We hope to continue the tradition in Washington.