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DE Summer School 2019 (DISCo Conference)

Digital Economy Summer School 2019:

The Interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Society Conference (DISCo) 2019

 

 

 

 

 

The Digital Economy Network is pleased to launch the preliminary details of the 2019 Digital Economy Summer School: The Interdisciplinary Digital Culture and Society Conference (DISCo), which will be held on 9-12 July 2019 in the Jubilee Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham. Annual DE Summer Schools have taken place since 2010 and are aimed at Digital Economy PhD/EngD/CDT students and Early Career Researchers.

The DE Summer School and DISCo 2019 will feature three main tracksDigital Culture, Digital Society and Digital Futures.

Website: https://den-disco.com

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Key information:

  • Venue: De Vere Jubilee Conference CentreUniversity of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.
  • Confirmed dates: Tuesday 9 July (PM) – Friday 12 July 2019; duration 3 days.
  • Times: The event will start at approximately 2pm on Tuesday 9 July and finish by 1pm on Friday 12 July 2019.
  • Website: www.den-disco.com
  • Conference Organisers email: contact@den-disco.com
  • Delegate accommodation:  3 nights en-suite overnight accommodation will be provided for delegates on campus in the nearby Southwell Hall.
  • Registration fees: To be confirmed

Format and content:

  • Keynote talks aligned to the three conference tracks – Digital Culture, Digital Society and Digital Futures.
  • One day of workshops and masterclasses (full or half day can be considered)
  • Content on research in play and the importance of ‘play’ and wellbeing in research.
  • Poster exhibition and welcoming networking reception (poster abstract submission required)
  • Short and long paper presentations (via a peer-reviewed submission process)

Call for submissions:

The organisers will issue a call for submissions for DISCo, and the preliminary details of the process as follows:

Submissions will be peer reviewed and will be over two stages; the first stage will be 500 word abstract, following by an invitation for a full submissions for:

  • One or half-day workshops
  • Short paper: Extended abstract, 2 pages (1000 words) > Short presentation
  • Long paper: Maximum paper length 4000 words (excl. references) > long presentation
  • Posters: (abstract + poster) – Additional posters could also be considered for all submissions.

Call for support:

In order to ensure that DISCo is a highly valuable, beneficial, relevant and inclusive experience for all delegates and followers, the organisers are looking for vital support from the across the Network in the following areas:

  • Event delivery and logistics
  • Academic peer review of conference submissions
  • Digital Economy CDT/PhD students and staff to be advocates of the event, to be the ‘voice’ of their Centre, to help shape conference content and spread the word!
  • Event sponsorship – identifying potential opportunities, referrals, securing.

Further details will be announced shortly on www.den-disco.com and also on the DEN website at www.den.ac.uk.

 

 

Thrumpton Hall Writing Retreat, 23-25 April 2018

The Digital Economy Network (DEN) hosted their second PhD writing retreat of 2018 at the idyllic setting of Thrumpton Hall; a spectacular 17th century English country house, set in the village of Thrumpton near Nottingham. PhD students from across seven EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) signed up for this event to have the opportunity to focus on research writing or associated work relating to their doctoral study.

18 CDT students from the Network’s Cloud Computing, Embedded Intelligence, Horizon, HighWire, Media & Arts Technology, and Web Science CDTs attended the two-day retreat.

The retreat, which facilitated by Andy Darby of Lancaster University, is a structured programme which aims to establish a highly productive and healthy relationship with writing over the two days. Each day is broken down into four writing sessions of either an hour or ninety minutes, with set break times, including an hour slot for lunch to allow people to move away from their work, talk with other CDT students from across the Network, have food and refreshments and to take walks in the surrounding gardens and parkland.

Above: The gardens of Thrumpton Hall

Attendees paired up at the start of day one and discussed with each other their specific writing objectives for the event, and then individuals evaluated their progress against their set goals at key points during the retreat.

CDT students used the retreat to work on various tasks including thesis chapters, literature reviews, interview transcription, data analysis, coding, journal submissions, conference papers, blogs and annual review reports.

The majority of the 18 students who attended, also enjoyed an evening meal in the Hall’s impressive and grandiose dining room and stayed overnight in the country house, and were extremely well looked after by the Thrumpton events staff. DEN had exclusive use of the Hall and various rooms for the duration of the event, which provided ideal conditions for people to focus on their work, and base themselves in different rooms across the two days.

Above: CDT students at evening meal in Thrumpton Hall dining room

Cat Morgan, PhD Student at the Web Science CDT at the University of Southampton wrote a blog article entitled ‘To writing retreat or not to writing retreat’ about her experience of the event.

The next two-day retreat will be held on 15-16 May 2018 at Elmore Court in Gloucester.

Thanks and acknowledgements:

DEN would like to thank Andy Darby of Lancaster University for facilitating the retreat, and providing writing coaching and advice to the individual delegates who required this. Thanks also to Paula, Lynn, Nancy and the other staff at Thrumpton Hall for doing such a great job of looking after us during our stay.  Thanks to all the CDT students who attended and I hope you made the progress you aimed for.