Frequently Asked Questions

The call for applications for this workshop has closed and the workshop itself has now been held. We’ve kept this page online for archival purposes.


When is the workshop?

The workshop day is the 9th of September 2015. It might be necessary for you to travel to the Leeds for the evening of the 8th however, and/or stay for the night after the workshop until the 10th.


Where is the workshop?

The workshop is hosted at Hinsley Hall, in Leeds. See our venue page for more information.


Who can apply to participate?

Anyone who is a registered Masters or Doctoral (PhD/MPhil/DPhil) student in the UK. You do not need to be from a particular disciplinary background – in fact, we are looking for there to be a diverse spread of skills and backgrounds at the workshop. When you complete the application form we will also ask you to tell us a bit about your research interests and why you’d like to attend – we will review your responses to these questions as a way of deciding who is accepted for the workshop.


How do I apply?

Just complete the short form on our apply page.


What does it cost?

Participation in the workshop is completely free. We will pay a contribution of up to (and at least) £300 towards standard train or coach travel and accommodation for all the postgraduate students invited to take part. We will pay for flight costs as well if that is more economical. As part of the event you will also receive refreshments, lunch and evening dinner.


If invited to participate, what will I need to do to prepare for the event?

We are aiming to make the event in the style of an “unconference” focused on discussion and dialogue between those attending rather than the usual heavily structured and didactic format of many workshops and conferences. Therefore, there shouldn’t be much for you to do before the event – however, we would like you to do two things.

First, before the event we will be sending out some preliminary but very lightweight activities we’d like everyone to participate in before the event via an online platform. This will become clearer nearer the date of the workshop, but your participation in these pre-event activities will shape the content of discussions on the day.

Second, if accepted we do ask that you prepare an A1 or A0 poster that gives an overview of your research. This will be hung up as part of a drinks reception at the end of the workshop day, where you will get the opportunity to meet other people attending the EMoTICON and Digital Personhood network events and talk about your research.


Why are you running this event?

The postgraduate workshop is part of a larger event for the EMoTICON and Digital Personhood research networks. These networks exist to allow researchers working on different projects dealing with similar issues to come together once or twice a year to share and exchange findings, insights, ideas and knowledge. In the EMoTICON Network we have a range of activities we would like to do with researchers outside the core projects over the next two years, and some of these are focused on providing opportunities to meet and interact with researchers in the early stages of their career. The postgraduate researcher workshop is the first of these additional activities.

To read a bit more about what EMoTICON is, and what the EMoTICON Network hopes to achieve, see this page.


How large will the workshop be?

In terms of postgraduate researchers, the number of participants will be fairly small – we are aiming to invite between 10 and 20 people in total. There will also be a further 20 to 30 researchers from the EMoTICON Empathy, Trust and Online Environments projects who will be joining in with you for the afternoon of the workshop. Alongside the EMoTICON workshops there will be a parallel event for 20 to 30 other researchers from the Digital Personhood projects – these researchers will be joining us for the networking reception later in the day, where you will get the chance to talk about your research.