PLATO PhD School 3

PLATO's third PhD school in Cambridge will focus on research methods, but will also include a follow-up of Vitae's Effective Researcher programme and a supervision workshop.


Research methods

10-12 September 2018

This seminar will give PLATO's PhD researchers an opportunity to discuss questions raised in their individual PhD projects with experts in specific methods. The sessions will deal with comparative case study design, process-tracing, focus groups and media content analysis.


The course is open to PLATO PhD candidates and a limited number of external PhD candidates. Supervisors are welcome, but not expected, to take part.

Supervision workshop

13 September 2018, 9.30-15.30

The first part of this Vitae workshop will gather PhD researchers and supervisors to take stock of the supervision teams in view of the upcoming academic secondments. The second part will offer an opportunity for supervisors to discuss experiences and best practice.


PLATO's main and co-supervisors at all levels are encouraged to attend. The workshop is open for all members of the consortium, including training partners and other team members. The first part is a joint session with PLATO PhD candidates.

Supervisory Board (SB) meeting

13 September 2018, 8.30-9.30

The Supervisory Board (SB) is the ultimate decision-making body of the consortium. The meeting will discuss the research and training programme, the midterm review and reporting requirements, secondments, and PLATO's dissemination plan.


The SB consists of one representative from each of PLATO's 20 partners, plus 2 ESR representatives. Training partners are welcome, but not expected, to take part.

Professional development planning

13 September 2018, 11.30-15.30

This half-day session will revisit the individual career development plans and reflect on achievements so far in a career perspective.


PLATO PhD candidates.

Effective Researcher

14 September 2018

This is part three of Vitae's Effective Researcher programme tailor-made to PLATO's PhD researchers.


PLATO PhD candidates.

Practical information

Information and directions to the venue and accommodation (Robinson College)


POLIS, University of Cambridge
Published May 26, 2017 12:04 PM - Last modified June 19, 2018 9:05 AM