Upcoming Events

Reading Short Course on Neuroscience Methods
13/06/2017 to 17/06/2017 - University of Reading

This four-day course provides exposure to contemporary neuroimaging techniques, including empirical design for electroencephalographic, and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (EEG and fMRI, when recorded separately and simultaneously), as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Demonstration and training components draw on existing social neuroscience data from emotional regulation, language, decision making and learning and memory paradigms. Students are expected to have some experience in empirical research design but no prior knowledge of Cognitive Neuroscience is assumed. Limited hands-on experience with EEG/ERP, fMRI and combined EEG/fMRI techniques is provided as well as a critical survey of the associated analytic approaches.

Target group: post-graduate students at the PhD level in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are interested in a critical understanding of how Cognitive Neuroscience methods are used, or who are interested in incorporating Cognitive Neuroscience approaches or results in their own work.
Registration fee: £60 (includes 4 lunches and 2 daily coffee breaks).

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ERSC DTC Conference 2017: Knowledge and Networking
15/06/2017 to 16/06/2017 - Friends House, London

Bloomsbury DTC and UCL DTC are inviting ESRC-funded doctoral students from across the country to this year's ESRC DTC conference in London.

Preference will be given to students who have not previously attended the annual ESRC DTC conference. Please ensure that you choose the ticket that reflects whether you have already attended the conference.

Taking place directly opposite Euston Station at Friends House, this conference is a perfect opportunity to learn, collaborate and network with fellow DTC students from around the country. Our seminars and workshops include:

Career Planning ; Multidisciplinary Work ; Overcoming Writer’s Block ; Writing Grant Proposals ; ESRC and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology ; External Collaboration ; Building Peer Networks ; Action Learning for PhD Problem Solving ; Effective use of social media

We will also be hosting an evening reception on Thursday evening at the nearby Mary Ward House; another opportunity to get to know other doctoral students, network and share research.

For more information about the ESRC DTC Conference 2017, please visit the website:


Socio-Legal Masterclass for students
19/06/2017 to 21/06/2017 - Gregynog Hall, Wales

'Exploring the Consequences of Research' is a residential masterclass designed for students working in the field of socio-legal studies who are in the second year or later (or part time equivalent) of their PhD. Research students are understandably focused on the production of, and promotion of the outputs from their doctorate, with a view to finding a job.

This three day retreat which will be held from 19th-21st June 2017 at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Wales, will examine the responsibilities of scholars to produce something other than outputs that will allow personal progression. In a series of sessions with leading socio-legal scholars, the responsibilities owed to wider communities will be examined.

Supported by a consortium of Wales, LSE and Queen Mary DTCs and the Cardiff Centre of Law and Society, this event is free of charge for ESRC funded students with the exception of travel. Fifteen bursaries are also being made available for non-ESRC funded students with the kind support of the Journal of Law and Society and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Deadline for Masterclass Registration: Friday, 26th May 2017

For further information, a programme and details of how to register, please see:


Getting Started in R: an introduction to data analysis and visualisation
26/06/2017 to 30/06/2017 - University of Manchester

R is an open source programming language and software environment for performing statistical calculations and creating data visualisations. It is rapidly becoming the tool of choice for data analysts with a growing number of employers seeking candidates with R programming skills.

This course will provide you with all the tools you need to get started analysing data in R. We will introduce the tidyverse, a collection of R packages created by Hadley Wickham and others which provides an intuitive framework for using R for data analysis. Students will learn the basics of R programming and how to use R for effective data analysis. Practical examples of data analysis on social science topics will be provided.
Course objectives
After this course, users should be able to:
- implement the basic operations of R;
- read data in multiple forms;
- clean, manipulate, explor and visualise data in R

For more information and booking information, please see here:


Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work
10/07/2017 to 14/07/2017 - The Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University

Learn about the latest in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading international theorists. For qualitative researchers looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, in education, social sciences, health and caring professions, arts and humanities.

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South East DTC and SeNSS Annual Conference 2017
13/07/2017 - CASS Business School, City University of London

This event will bring together doctoral students and academics across the range of social sciences for talks and competition. This event is primarily intended to showcase the excellence of our students (via our competitions), to hear talks on issues relevant across the disciplines and to give an opportunity for disciplinary and interdisciplinary networking.

The theme of the 2017 conference is Shifting Sands: society and policy at a time of change. The conference will explore how social science can explain recent political shifts and their potential impact on public policy and society at large.

The programme of events will include:

•Keynote academic talks
•Pecha Kutcha Competition (with a prize for the student with the top voted presentation)
•Poster competition (also with a prize, for the poster voted highest by conference attendees)
•Interdisciplinary student-led sessions
•Drinks reception sponsored by Sage Publishing

Registration: We encourage you to book early as places are limited. The event is free to attend and catering will be provided assistance with travel costs. You should contact your local institution to find out about financial assistance with travel costs.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please email studentships@southeastdtc.ac.uk.

Further information can be found on the South East DTC website:


Care and Machines: an interdisciplinary conference on caring relationships with technologies
20/10/2017 to 21/10/2017 - University of Machester

We live with machines. This has become obvious in contexts as diverse as medicine, education, military, leisure, food, and industry, where we form a range of complex relationships with technologies. By bringing researchers and practitioners from these contexts together, this conference invites reflection on practices of care that are developed and challenged between humans and machines, as well as other ‘nonhuman’ groups.

Machines with ever-advanced capabilities are now being developed and deployed to provide companionship and treatment for elderly people, as well as young children with autism and other conditions; they are being sent out to battlefields and hostile terrains to locate mines, patrol borders, and provide defence; and they have been outperforming humans in mass-scale industrial operations for many years now, replacing human labour in a number of processes. The increasing agency of machines, as well as efforts to increase their autonomy, may challenge the assumption that machines are inert tools, as they participate in increasingly complex relationships with humans.

The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prof Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield; Robot Wars); Prof Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam); Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths University, London); Dr Stuart Murray (University of Leeds); and Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente). These discussions will explore care in contexts ranging from healthcare and mobile technologies, to prosthetics and dis/ability, to machines as companions, and sexual tools and partners. Researchers are invited to propose papers on these themes and other aspects of care to be presented at the conference.

If you are interested in proposing a 20 minute paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short author bio (of approximately 100 words), to scott.midson@manchester.ac.uk. The closing date for proposals is 1st June 2017, and authors will be notified of decisions by 1st July. Registration for the conference (for presenters and delegates) will open in June.

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Past Events

UEA/SeNSS Online Training Series 2016-17: An Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling
17/05/2017 - Online 7-9pm

Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is a powerful multivariate statistical technique which enables researchers to examine several regression equations simultaneously. This session will provide an introduction to the key concepts involved in SEM, including latent, exogenous, and endogenous variables and their graphical notation. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of both the measurement and structural model, before being taken on a step-by-step journey through the process of data analysis, stopping off on the way to consider issues of model specification, data collection, model estimation, model evaluation, and model modification. The session will conclude with a demonstration of how to interpret the output of an SEM analysis and to report the findings/revealed model correctly using both text and appropriate figures.

The session will be led by Dr Kimberley Bartholomew.

If you’d like a place, just email Dr Simon Watts at: simon.d.watts@uea.ac.uk

Make Social Science Great Again
13/05/2017 - University of Kent

A workshop on how to make sense of your research in light of the current conditions of world society .

Increasingly our relationships are part of world society. Materially or conceptually, our personal, local and collective lives are increasingly global in nature. However world society today is increasingly unequal, in terms of access, voice, and vision. This is a workshop to consider what people who have chosen to do the science of society -social science- bring to the development of world society. And in collectively coming together, we ask in what direction we will take social science as part of world society?

The workshop will facilitate social-science scholars to:
(1) share how our research participants are affected by being part of world societies, whose hallmark is increasing inequality,
(2) discuss why we are motivated to be a social-science scholar, and how we personally make sense of our research in light of the current conditions of world societies, and
(3) consider what a social science that meets these challenges looks like.

The workshop will involve: a selection of postgraduate research looking at diverse people around the world, in the ways they encounter world societies; group work on embracing research as a personal connection to world society; a debate on the aim of social science; walk in the woods, local food and drinks; keynote by human economist Prof. Keith Hart.

Some travel bursaries are available for ESRC funded researchers.

Further information and how to register for this event can be found at: