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Attending a conference (Graduate School FSW)

Attending a conference is a great way for PhD candidates to expand their research horizons and their network… but can also be rather daunting. How can you talk to that important professor? And what if you don’t know anybody at the reception?

Target group
PhD candidate
Maria Sherwood-Smith  (Academic English Lecturer)


The focus of this course is on discussing your own experiences of scientific conferences. In an informal setting, we will discuss various aspects of attending a conference, from applying for grants to conference behaviour (chairing a session, networking, etc.). The session is not about how to present a paper. Rather it offers you an effective platform for exchanging tips to help you get the most out of the conferences you attend.

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