- how to manage the writing process?
- how to find a research community?
- how to find a co-supervisor?
- how to acquire study participants?
- how to not get distracted and focus on a main branch?
- how to coordinate different opinions about the further progress of your PhD with your supervisor?
- how to manage time efficiently?
For the fourth time, the Wissensmanagement Forum Graz hosted the PhD Cooperation Event at the i-KNOW conference, 14th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business. This year, the conference was held together with EC-TEL, the 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning. The event brought a truely international community together, with about twenty PhD students from Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Germany, Portugal, Croatia and Austria. The session’s aim was to provide a complementary offer to the doctoral consortium of the EC-TEL with providing an informal get together of PhD students in an friendly atmosphere to discuss PhD related issues (you, maybe, would not dare to ask your supervisor) and to exchange experiences. From start to end, the PhD Cooperation Event was again very successful! All the participants actively contributed for this success, raising questions and looking for solutions together. The session was kicked off by a motivating keynote by Peter Kraker, PhD, a former core team member of the Wissensmanagement Forum, who finished his PhD recently. He introduced the session with a short, but very entertaining presentation about the struggles to find a topic for one’s PhD. This keynote gave a nice introduction into further discussions and triggered further topics. Besides, Peter shared a lot of his own experiences whenever he was able to assist, and added a lot of value for all the participants. In an open discussion following a Barcamp-style introduction round, the following questions were tackled: