Category: Academic Conference

Experience of Turning My Dissertation Into A Conference Paper

In April 2015, after months of hard work and sleepless nights, my Marketing dissertation on “Investigating consumer attitudes for young adults towards in-app advertising in the UAE” was finally complete. Before I walked down to hand in the very final copy of my dissertation I took one last look at it. I remembered how much I could not wait for this moment, to finally finish my dissertation and never look at it again. However, something had changed. I was suddenly very proud of what I had produced. I had put my heart into this thesis. I wanted to take this journey of extensive research and thorough analysis further.

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Navigating Networks at Academic Conferences

So you’ve been accepted for a conference (hopefully somewhere exciting!), and your conference paper is ready to be presented to an assembly of your academic peers. Whilst one of the principal benefits of an academic conference can be the constructive criticism a presenter receives on their ideas, the opportunity to develop an academic network of researchers within your field is arguably as important.

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Conferences – doctoral colloquium or full conference

Once you have made the decision to embark on putting your research ‘out there’ for others to see and hear, you need to decide where to do so. There are a range of forum through which you can choose ranging from large national and international conferences often hosted by disciplinary academies to smaller research workshops, seminars or conferences organised by more niche or specialist research groups. Within these many organisations will host events and colloquia aimed specifically at doctoral researchers, which vary considerably, to the elements of these events generally intended for ‘competitive’ research presentations.

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When is it a good idea to attend an academic conference?

Over the course of my PhD, I have been lucky enough to attend four conferences (one industry, and three academic), two in my first year, one in my second, and one in my third. Although there perhaps is never a ‘bad’ time to attend a conference, there are definitely times when benefits from attendance can be maximised, and indeed, the type of conference can be dependent on your stage of study.

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