On Monday 25 February, the Digital Economy Network (DEN) held it’s fifth annual meeting for staff and students from across the 11 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) that make up the Network.
The meeting was held in the Wellcome Collection venue on Euston Road in London.
Around 50 delegates were in attendance, ranging from CDT Directors, Managers, Adminstrators, PhD/EngD students, CDT alumni, EPSRC colleagues and guest speakers. Colleagues were in attendance from the University of Nottingham, Lancaster University, Queen Mary University of London, Newcastle University, University College London, University of Southampton, Loughborough University, University of York, Bournemouth University and the University of Bath.
During the morning session, presentation updates were provided from:
- Professor Sarah Sharples, DEN Director – University of Nottingham
- Jennifer Agwunobi – DEN Social Media Specialist and PhD Student at Loughborough University London
- Felicia Black – DEN Manager, University of Nottingham
- Riam Kanso – Head of Student Entrepreneurship (Faculty of Engineering), University College London
- John Baird – Head of Digital Economy Theme – EPSRC
Initial information about the Digital Economy Summer School 2019 – which will be the Interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Society Conference (DISCo 2019) was also given to delegates.
After a buffet lunch, afternoon discussions were held in groups to discuss the benefits, outcomes and potential impact of DEN events that had been delivered so far, suggestions on how the Network could remain sustainable, and ways that skills, knowledge and CDT alumni career destinations could be shared more effectively across the DEN community.
Ideas and plans for the remaining months of the Network were also tabled and discussed. The Network funding ends on 30 September 2019.
A DEN CDT Directors Meeting was held immediately after the main event.
DEN would like to thank all attendees of this event for their valued support and input.