PLATO kick off conference

The project's kick-off conference in Oslo will bring together all partners for academic discussions and social networking. The recruited PhD candidates will meet already the weekend before for teambuilding activities and practical sessions.

The coordinator will welcome all project members to Oslo (photo:

The 15 recruited PhD candidates (Early Stage Researchers/ESRs) will get a first chance to meet as a group at the kick-off conference. This is a networking event that will gather all 20 partners; the nine recruiting university partners as well as the eleven training partners which contribute to the project's training programme.

Teambuilding and getting started

The event will kick off with a social programme and teambuilding activities for the ESRs during the weekend 14-15 October.

Practical sessions for the same group will be held on 16-17 October.

On 16 October we will cover themes such as ESR rights and obligations, understanding the rationale of the project, research and training programme, timeline, and internal communication. The 15 PhD candidates will also elect their representatives to the PLATO Supervisory Board and Steering Committees.

On 17 October, a career planning day will be organised by our UK partner Vitae (providing professional development of researchers). This part will deal with the skills required of researchers for successful self-management and development during their doctorate, as well as an introduction to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Planner that ESRs will use in their career planning.

Main programme

The main conference (18-19 October) will gather the whole consortium and is dedicated to the overall research agenda and the presentation and discussion of each PhD project. This part will also include speed-dating/networking sessions and a Supervisory Board meeting for all partners.

The last day of the conference (20 October) will deal with supervision and mentoring, also organised by Vitae. It will allow for discussions of the challenges and advantages of being part of a PhD network with multiple resources and supervision teams, and help supervisors support PhDs in their professional career development.

Conference registration

Practical information

The times are indicative, and might be subject to minor changes. For questions, contact the organisers.

Participant Programme Arrival Departure

Start: 14 Oct 14:00

End: 20 Oct 15:00

Friday evening (13 Oct) or Saturday morning (14 Oct) Friday evening (20 Oct)
Supervisors and co-supervisors

Start: 18 Oct 09:00

End: 20 Oct 15:00

Tuesday evening (17 Oct) Friday evening (20 Oct)
Training partners

Start: 18 Oct 09:00

End: 19 Oct 17:30 (optional participation at supervision sessions on Friday, ending 20 Oct 15:00)

Tuesday evening (17 Oct) Thursday evening (19 Oct) or Friday evening (20 Oct)


ARENA will book and pay for the hotel for all incoming participants, please register at your earliest convenience.


Participants are asked to make their own travel arrangements.

For training partners, ARENA will refund travel costs after the conference upon receipt of a reimbursement form with original tickets/receipts.

Travel costs for university partners (ESRs, supervisors and co-supervisors) are to be covered by the institution's local project budget (Institutional Unit Costs).


PLATO Coordinator Chris Lord, ARENA Centre for European Studies

For any questions, please contact Project Manager Marit Eldholm

Published May 26, 2017 12:04 PM - Last modified Aug. 14, 2017 10:07 AM