Future Connections 2013 – PhD Conference

Date(s) - 06/06/2013 - 07/06/2013
All Day

SHSC Conference & Training Centre, Edinburgh

SICSA has five funded places available to students wishing to attend the Future Connections 2013 Conference, a researcher-led, interdisciplinary event for PhD students with an interest in sustainable development.

Students interested should contact Sergio Elizondo at s1135003@staffmail.ed.ac.uk to register their place but hurry as these will be offered on a first come first served basis.


This year, the conference will be held at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th June 2013. Please click the following link for more details including the full conference programme: http://futureconnectionssco.wix.com/futureconnections

Speakers include Prof. Nick Jennings – Chief Scientific Advisor to UK Government and a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University; he is an internationally recognised authority in the areas of agent-based computing and intelligent systems. He will explain how the use of smart software, such as ‘energy avatars’, could advise us on how to make the best use of energy in our homes, gain cost savings and improve energy efficiency.

Even though the focus of this conference is on sustainable development and interdisciplinary research, PhD students in Informatics and Computer Science working on related topics might benefit from being part of a dynamic network of sustainability researchers across Scotland and by discussing advices and best practices that might be useful for their PhD and interdisciplinary research.

There are still a few spaces for students to present their PhD research at the conference.
Presentations will be divided into three broad themes:
i) Theory (How much is your PhD guided by the concept of sustainable development?);
ii) Methodology (Have you employed an interesting data collection or analysis method?);
iii) Application of findings (Are your findings relevant in the real world? Is it important that your findings are applied?)
These themes are based on issues that we think are particularly interesting for interdisciplinary researchers and it is also hoped that they will appeal to students at different stages of their research.
If you are interested in presenting, please complete the form at the following link by 5th May 2013: http://eepurl.com/wjNrH
NB: Presentation slots will only be allocated to those who have registered for the conference.

Click here to register: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&catid=44&modid=2&prodid=897&deptid=24&prodvarid=0

Whether you are presenting or not, we would urge everyone attending to bring along an A0 poster outlining your PhD. Academic posters are a simple and effective way of sharing your research with a wide audience. As well as fellow PhD students, we are expecting a number of private and public sector guests with an interest in sustainable development, and your poster will help you make connections with others in your field.
Please do forward this invitation to anyone in your networks who may be interested in attending.

We look forward to seeing your there,
FC2013 Team, Edinburgh

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