PhD Day 2018 – CUSO

This year, the CUSO PhD Day is co-organized by Patrizia Zanella (University of Fribourg) and myself and will take place in Lausanne. While the morning’s focus will be on web presence for and beyond academia, the afternoon will be dedicated to discussing supervision. Dr. Mary Flannery will be our keynote speaker to help us discuss these topics.



10h00-10h15: Welcome & Coffee


10h15-11h15: Using Social Media to promote your research

Dr. Flannery will advise participants on ways in which they can use social media and the internet more generally to promote their research, increase their online presence, and increase their job prospects in and beyond academia.


11h15-13h00: Careers beyond Academia

Participants will be invited to consider the rich variety of professions suited to someone with a PhD in the Humanities and / or to them as individuals. Students will be encouraged to brainstorm and share resources for job hunters and to produce an alternative CV, geared towards the non-academic career of their choice, in which they highlight all of their achievements and the transferable skills they have gained as a PhD student.


13h00-15h00: Lunch at Da Nino’s


15h00-16h30: Working with a supervisor (roundtable discussion)

This will be an opportunity for students (confidentially and informally) to discuss thesis supervision and their experience of the PhD process thus far. Students will be encouraged to share tips as to what has and has not worked for them e.g. regarding setting deadlines, discussing their project with their supervisor or other experts, co-supervision and funding, etc. It will also give students the chance to share advice they have received as well as any concerns they may have about topics ranging from writing, publication, and attending conferences to the viva and what to do next.


16h30: Apéro!

Your Saturday night starts here, with feel-good vibes about your bright future and all of the brilliant friends you have made at the PhD Day!