Organising and holding an event for PhD students

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 22, 2010 04:09 PM |
New online resource from Museum Studies postgrads.

In December 2009 the PhD students in our School of Museum Studies organised a two-day symposium for their peers, under the somewhat tongue-twisting title Materiality and Intangibility: Contested Zones.

The experience of managing this event has now been turned into a useful online resource on Organising and holding an event for PhD students which is available on the Materiality and Intangibility blog. Topics covered include:

  • Coming up with an idea
  • Choosing your event team
  • What about the venue?
  • Finding sources of funding
  • Writing the call for papers
  • Choosing between proposals
  • Putting the timetable together
  • How much to charge
  • Publicising your event
  • On the day
  • Evaluating your event
  • When things go wrong
  • Final thoughts

Although Materiality and Intangibility was specifically an event organised by PhD students for PhD students, much of the practical advice here is broadly applicable to any academic event.