PRIDE Conference

The PRIDE conference, intended as an annual event, gathers professionals from various institutions as well as colleagues from related areas in order to exchange practices, to foster discussions on trends and urgent policy developments and to network with international peers.

3rd PRIDE Annual Conference on 26 and 27 March 2020

Hosting Institution: Charles University Praha

Giving a voice to professionals in doctoral education – how do we communicate and position ourselves?

The PRIDE Network is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our annual PRIDE Training (24 and 25 March) and the Annual PRIDE Conference (26 and 27 March) in Prague. Cases of infections with the SARS-CoV-2 (corona) virus have been confirmed in large parts of the world and are still increasing in Europe. Many universities recommend that employees take first measures to prevent the spread of the virus (e.g. restricted travelling). We also want to take into account, that many people are not feeling safe and well to travel cross border right now, which is of course understandable and should be respected. It was not an easy decision for us, but in the current situation we think is the right decision to postpone our events. We are planning to re-organize the conference and training for autumn 2020. We are already talking with the Charles University and will keep you updated as soon as we have fixed new dates.

Thinking of the job profile of professionals in doctoral education, communication skills are one major must-have. Universities are complex organizations with diverse stakeholders who have different needs and goals. Professionals in doctoral education are expected to have an awareness of the interplay of these different interests in their working environment and to be able to communicate with the diverse stakeholders.

Celia Whitchurch highlights in her studies on “Third Space Professionals” that new portfolios of activity have arisen which require professionals to collaborate and communicate with colleagues within and outside their institutions. In her study, Whitchurch (2012) categorizes bundles of activities for instance student life and welfare, including equity, quality, employability and internationalisation or research and business partnership, including enterprise and fundraising.

Given such a complexity of activities, communication in the field of doctoral education is a challenging task.

With the PRIDE annual conference on 26 and 27 March 2020 in Prague, we want to shed a light on the topic of how professionals in doctoral education can best communicate with their colleagues and partners. One aspect is the question of how professionals communicate with their target groups, and the objectives and methods they can put to use. Another is how professionals position themselves in the community of peers and within their institutions.

The following topics will be discussed with experts:

  • Communicating within university management (academics and non-academics)
  • Communicating with doctoral candidates
  • Communicating beyond the university (for instance , local businesses, press and social media, community groups)

What are the goals when communicating with the different stakeholders? How do professionals position themselves in their environment? What are communication strategies and tools? What are the challenges when communicating with the different stakeholders? What are communication no-go´s with certain interest groups? What are good practices?

These and other questions will be addressed at the PRIDE annual conference 2020.

Cited literature:

Whitchurch, Celia. Reconstructing identities in higher education: The rise of 'third space' professionals. Routledge, 2012.

26 March 2020 (9:00 - 13:00) - For PRIDE members only: Short Training on "Social Media"

Right before the conference, we are offering for PRIDE members only the opportunity to attend a workshop about Social Media and its Implications in Communicating. The workshop will be a practical approach to start your reflection process about your social media strategy asking questions such as:

•    Are your social media goals clearly defined?
•    What relevant platforms should you know about and how do they differ?
•    What do you know about your audience?
•    How do you know what mix of platforms is right for you?
•    What is coming in the next 5 years and how can you be best prepared?

Our trainer, Maura Hannon, has been working in social media communication, community management and strategy development for several years. She also regularly trains Post Graduates in Switzerland how to use social media and develop a digital research space.

The four-hour workshop will be held on Thursday 26 March, just before the official conference opens. The inputs and results from the training will be presented and discussed during the Strategic Communication discussion the following morning.

The workshop is for free. Places are limited, so please email us today to reserve your place: info.pride@univie.ac.at

We look forward to welcoming you to Prague.

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Åse Gornitzka is professor at the Department of Political Science and, since 2017, Vice-Rector for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Oslo. Gornitzka holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration from the University of Twente. Gornitzka’s research employs an institutional perspective based on organisation theory. She has studied reform and change in higher education, organisational change within universities and the interface between expertise, public administration and governance in the EU and at the national level. Gornitzka’s most recent contributions deal with reputation management in public sector organisations, such as Universities as Agencies: Reputation and Professionalization (Palgrave – Macmillan, 2019), a book she edited together with Christensen and Ramirez.

Douglas Halliday is Vice-Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education. He is also Director of the Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training supporting a cohort of 25 international students from 17 developing nations to undertake multidisciplinary doctoral research projects across 15 academic departments exploring solutions to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is a Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute and the Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy which trains doctoral candidates across science and social sciences. The Energy CDT provides a multidisciplinary training environment helping doctoral candidates to understand the breadth and complexity of the whole energy system. He is the Chair of the European Universities Association Energy and Environment Platform. He has helped organise the UK Council for Graduate Education International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training, held every two years since 2013. Previously, he was Dean of Durham’s Graduate School from 2005-2010 and a recipient of the 2009 THE Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow the Energy Institute.

Vitalba Crivello is a Science Policy and Science Communication expert working with enthusiasm at the European Science-Media Hub, a project of the European Parliament born in 2018. With a background in International Political Economy & Political Communication, she has been working in Brussels since 2005, covering different Policy, Project and Communication roles within the EU Institutions and in consultancies, with a focus on Research and Innovation Policy (Open Science and researchers' career).

Maura Hannon founded English Slate after leading multiple international projects for a Swiss-based innovation company. Maura provides high-level writing, strategy and communication services. She also regularly trains PhDs and Postdocs in writing and digital scholarship at several Swiss universities. Originally from Australia, Maura started her career as a political advisor and later as the Communications Officer for the Australian National Competition Council. Maura obtained an MBA summa cum laude from the Curtin Graduate School of Business and a BA with Honours (Pol Sci) from the University of Western Australia.

Oriana Bertucci is a project manager in the Research Office at the University of Liège in Belgium. She is passionate about helping students develop their leadership skills, broaden their networks, and engage with the community. She is committed to building well-rounded programmes which support students and researchers at every step of their academic career. She has worked at institutions in Canada and the United States and has volunteered with several professional higher education organizations including CACUSS, the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.  Ms. Bertucci is a project manager in the Research Office at the University of Liège in Belgium. She is passionate about helping students develop their leadership skills, broaden their networks, and engage with the community. She is committed to building well-rounded programmes which support students and researchers at every step of their academic career. She has worked at institutions in Canada and the United States and has volunteered with several professional higher education organizations including CACUSS, the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.  As a coffee lover, she is always happy to grab a coffee and have a chat, so please do not hesitate to reach out!

Michael Klimke is Managing Director of the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), founded in 2018. Prior to this, he has been the founding Managing Director of the TUM International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) and the TUM Graduate School, both closely linked to the German Excellence Initiative, implementing cross-departmental quality standards in doctoral education. Being involved in various higher education and HR development projects over the years, Michael  has become  an acknowledged advisor to and reviewer of international graduate programs. He is also consultant to  TUM International GmbH, where he develops international higher education and talent management programs. Michael was awarded a Diploma and Doctoral Degree in Aerospace Engi-neering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His professional career also includes positions at  the Ger¬man Aerospace Center (DLR) as well as  the NGO HOPE worldwide, where he was responsible for German and international humanitary aid programs.

Markus Dettenhofer, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC). CEITEC is a scientific consortium of 6 universities and research institutes in Brno, Czech Republic, which has up to 550 scientists working in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies. Prior to joining CEITEC, Dr. Dettenhofer was Project Leader in pre-clinical development for viral vaccine and antibody discovery at Crucell (Johnson & Johnson). His previous work at Harvard Medical School was in the field of genetics and developmental biology. The overarching aim of Dr. Dettenhofer’s work has been to harness science as a common good for the engagement and development of societies. His most recent work is on governance practices in higher education institutions and their contribution to performance as a Visiting Scientist with the Joint Research Centre of European Commission. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.

Denis Billotte is Secretary General of the CUSO, an association of the French-speaking Swiss universities organizing and sponsoring joint doctoral programs. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Mediaeval French Literature at the University of Lausanne, and taught there for ten years. He then turned to academic policy and administration, and was appointed to the CUSO in 1997.
On behalf of the member universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, he developed a new framework for their joint doctoral programs (33 in activity as of 2020), aimed at promoting the links between the different institutions and offering a combined and collaborative offer of support and training for doctoral candidates. He also initiated and helped create the transdisciplinary program in transferable skills, which provides training for the more than 4,500 doctoral candidates in the CUSO programs. In 2016, he initiated the «Ma thèse en 180 secondes» competition in Switzerland, and acts now as the national coordinator.

As the venue itself is located in the middle of the old town of Prague a lot of hotels are within walking distance. The local host provided us with a list of hotel recommendations:

The Charles University accommodation - OpitzHouse  (rooms pre-reserved for participants until 13.3, just mention Pride to be able to book the room)

Reasonable prices

Narodni Stay ***

Bed&Books Art Hotel - ***

Hotel Salvator - ***

Novoměstský hotel ***
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Moderate prices

City Leaf

City Nest

Elysee Hotel - ****  

Elite Hotel ****

Design Metropol Hotel Prague ****
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Higher quality, still reasonable

Tyn Yard Residence - ****

Design Hotel Jewel Prague ****
 

The venue of our Annual Conference is the Carolinum (Ovocný trh 3, Prague 1) in the old town of Prague. It is a national cultural monument, the seat of the Rector, and a symbol of Charles University. The Carolinum is a complex of buildings at the corner of Ovocný trh and Železná street in the very centre of Prague, in close vicinity to the Old Town Square.

The Conference will take place in the Blue Lecture Hall.

See map attached for guidance!

For tourist information and public transport see the website of Prague.eu

PRIDE Training
The 3rd PRIDE Training will be held in Praha on 24-25 March, 2020. Details will follow soon.
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The 3rd Conference will be held in Praha on 26-27 March, 2020.

Speakers confirmed

Åse Gornitzka, Vice-Rector and professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo

Vitalba Crivello, Science Policy & Communication Expert at European Science-Media Hub (STOA), DG EPRS at European Parliament

Douglas Halliday, Vice-Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education and Director of the Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training

Maura Hannon, expert and trainer in the field of communication and writing with focus on digital media space

Oriana Bertucci, project manager in the Research Office at the University of Liège in Belgium

Michael Klimke, Managing Director of the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy of the Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Denis Billotte, Secrétaire général at Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale - CUSO

Markus Dettenhofer, Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC)

We believe in knowledge-sharing as a competitive advantage and try to achieve this with interactive webinars organised by professionals, for professionals. Our second webinar aimed at professionals who want to set up, improve or reflect on their training offers in transferable skills.

Watch the webinar with Verity Eston and Christian Dumpidak an Transferable Skills Training recorded in November 2018!