WISERD Conference 2014 PhD Competitions

The Wales DTC will again be participating in the WISERD Conference in 2014. This year there will be two PhD student competitions running which we are supporting: a poster and a ‘collaboration’ short essay competition.

Here is some information about the conference:

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All day, Thursday 3 July 2014 - Friday 4 July 2014

Place: MedRus Conference Centre, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth.

The 2014 conference is the fifth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from four successful conferences, held in Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor and South Wales Universities. WISERD conferences attract colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors in Wales; and have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar. For the 2014 conference, Professor Bob Jessop and Professor Karel Williams have agreed to deliver keynote addresses. The themed sessions are as follows:

  • Culture, Values and Creative Industries
  • Civil Society
  • Economic Life
  • Health, Environment and Wellbeing
  • Transitions in Education, Childhood and the Labour Market
  • Social Care across the Life-course

Additional information and the call for papers is available on the WISERD website. Early bird booking rate is available until 31 May – see the booking page for rates.

The poster competition:

Deadline: Friday 7 February 2014

WISERD, in collaboration with the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, will be awarding prizes to postgraduate students who present posters at the WISERD 2014 Conference. All posters submitted to the conference by postgraduate students will be automatically entered into the competition (see further information on the call for papers on the WISERD website and read the full call for papers and see the revised deadline information).

Students not wishing to enter their poster into the competition should note this in the ‘additional information’ section of the abstract proforma.

The short essay competition:

Deadline: Friday 13 June 2014

The 2014 WISERD conference will feature a ‘collaboration short essay competition’. The winning entry will be read out by the author (or if preferred, by the Director of the ESRC Wales DTC) as a formal part of conference events, and the author will receive a cash prize of £200 sponsored by the DTC. The winning entry will be published on the DTC and WISERD websites.

The short essay may take many forms and could refer to past, present or planned activities or experiences, such as negotiating aspects of design or fieldwork, co-authorship, knowledge exchange, a placement or internship. It may discuss hopes, fears, successes, frustrations…or all of these!


  • It must not exceed 750 words;
  • It must focus on aspects or an aspect of collaboration between a PhD researcher and a non-academic organisation;
  • It must be written in a clear and accessible style;

Entrants must be currently registered PhD students and must be attending the conference.

Entries should be sent to WalesDTC@cardiff.ac.uk.

They will be judged by the DTC Director and a senior WISERD representative.

Good luck with both, and we hope to see you there!