Every January, the Royal Economic Society holds it’s PhD Meetings (#RESPhDMeetings) at a leading London venue. Not only is this event a great chance for economists around the world to meet and network, they also have the opportunity to present their latest papers and interview for post-doctoral positions at key European institutions.
The main event #RESPhDMeetings
On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 January 2016, Westminster Business School was very excited to host the two day #RESPhDMeetings event here at Marylebone campus. With approximately 100 presenters and 300 economists attending as interviewees, the event attracted over 350 people from across the globe, and papers from key academics from a variety of specialist fields and disciplines within economics.
Keynote speakers included Professor Frederic Vermeulen, Joint Managing Editor of the Economic Journal, and Professor Daniel Hamermesh, Professor of Economics of Royal Holloway and of University of Texas at Austin. These Plenary Sessions provided practical tips on how to get published and how to secure a job in academia, giving the audience a unique opportunity to gain an inside perspective.
As part of the Marketing team, I was fortunate enough to attend the event, live tweeting from several of the presentations (#RESPhDMeetings). Each a contribution of excellence, topics presented ranged from “Giving a Little Help to Girls? Grade Discrimination and its Effect on Students’ Achievement” (Terrier 2015) to “Financial Crises & Debt Rigidities” (Paul 2015). In between presentations, we attended Poster Sessions, where Doctoral students were able to showcase their work in a different fashion.
Time for feedback
The event was a fantastic success, and many of the attendees were happy to share their experience of the weekend:
The evening reception
Following the presentations on Friday, participants enjoyed an evening reception, which was kindly sponsored by the Bank England. Providing space for conversation in a more social setting, the reception was a great chance to network.
All in all, the event was a great success. Thanks should also be given to Westminster Business School’s Dr Franz Buscha, Karen Morrison and Aimie Robinson for coordinating and running the conference, to the many academics who chaired the sessions and to our Student Helpers for assisting participants.
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