PLATO PhD School 3

PLATO's third PhD school in Cambridge will focus on research methods, but will also include a lunch seminar with László Andor, a supervision workshop, professional development planning for PhDs, and an Effective Researcher workshop.

Programme (pdf)

Practical information

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

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 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.

PLATO project session

12 September 2018, 15.45-17.30

At this project session the coordinator will address central topics and tasks ahead for the project.


All PLATO participants present in Cambridge are expected to participate (PhDs, supervisors and other team members).

Seminar: László Andor on eurozone reform

13 September 2018, 11.30-12.30

László Andor, former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion will discuss his paper 'The unifying role of the single currency' at this lunch seminar.


The seminar is restricted to participants at the PhD school.

Supervision workshop

13 September 2018, 9.30-16.00

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.


The workshop is open for all members of the consortium, including training partners and other team members with some experience of supervising PhD candidates. The first part is a joint session with PLATO PhD candidates.

Professional development planning

13 September 2018, 12.30-16.00

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: A toolkit to manage yourself and your research

14 September 2018, 9.30-15.30

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


PLATO PhD candidates.

Supervisory Board (SB) meeting

13 September 2018, 8.15-9.15

The Supervisory Board (SB) is the ultimate decision-making body of the consortium. The meeting will discuss the project status and activities, the midterm review and reporting requirements.


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.

Social programme and dinners

Monday, 10 September 2018

18.45  Reception and dinner
Queens' College, Old Senior Combination Room (dress code: formal dress/suit and tie)

Joint departure from Robinson College at 18.20 (15 minutes walk)

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

19.00  Reception and dinner
Robinson College, Dining Hall (no dress code)

Thursday, 13 September 2018

17.15  Punting
Sightseeing and team building by boat on the River Cam (Scudamore's)

Meet in front of The Mill pub (opposite Scudamore's Quayside Punting Station)


POLIS, University of Cambridge
Published May 26, 2017 12:04 PM - Last modified Sep. 10, 2018 3:51 PM