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R&D Management Conference: 3 - 6 July 2016

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PhD Colloquium

PhD Colloquium - It's all about the feedback

The PhD Colloquium provided opportunities for PhD students to receive intensive feedback on their research from peers, senior scholars and industrial experts. Joining the next generation of international TIM researchers.


The PhD Colloquium preceding the R&D Management Conference - 2 & 3 July 2016 RADMA

 This PhD colloquium aimed to provide opportunities for PhD students to:

-       Receive feedback on their research from their peers, senior scholars and industrial  experts,

-       Learn how their research can achieve practical impact with benefits for industrial firms and society,ThyssenKrupp

-       Join a network of next generation researchers with various perspectives and from different institutions and countries.


The R&D Management Conference 2016 hosted a PhD colloquium. This event was held at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016. The 2-day event specifically seeked to provide opportunities for PhD students to receive intense feedback on their research from different stakeholders, such as their peers, senior scholars and industrial experts and to explore opportunities to foster industrial engagement in PhD research. Participants also had the chance to meet editors of leading journals.

 Not only did the PhD colloquium foster the development of an academic and industrial knowledge base, it also helped participants build a network with other early career researchers and various perspectives from different institutions and countries. This event to became a forum for learning about industrial engagement, sharing research ideas and finding opportunities for potential collaborations. A programme outline is given below.

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The programme featured three key sessions in which participants discussed their research in small groups with peers on Saturday as well as with experienced industrial managers and senior academics (journal editors) on Sunday. The prime purpose of these sessions was for participants to receive extensive feedback from complementary perspectives. These sessions were run on a basis of a poster that participants had to prepare and bring with them and the paper submitted to the conference.

The colloquium further provided two opportunities to listen to, and discuss with, both a senior academic and industrial key-note speaker. In order to build a community of future TIM scholars, the colloquium included interactive networking sessions. A dinner concluded the first day. The colloquium culminated with a poster presentation during the conference reception at Churchill College on Sunday.

While that occasion marks the end of the official two day colloquium, further activities to form a PhD community were arranged throughout the conference. On Tuesday there was a separate lunch for all PhD students and on Wednesday all PhD students were invited to join a session for sharing their learnings from attending the conference and, of course, to say good-bye.

Due to generous funding provided by RADMA, the R&D Management Association, there was no fee for attending the PhD Colloquium. Participants were however expected to attend the R&D Management Conference and pay the respective fee.

Please note that the application process for RADMA Scholarships is now closed.  The application deadline was 1 February 2016.