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UACES Doctoral Training Academy 2023

24 November
Rue d'Edimbourg, 26, 1050 Bruxelles

Enhancing Academic Skills

UACES Doctoral Training Academy is a free annual event aimed at PhD Researchers and Early Career Researchers in the field of European Studies. Through a series of panels and interactive sessions, it provides attendees with tools and skills to navigate research and careers both in and out of academia.

This year's DTA will focus on enhancing the academic skills required to forge a successful career in academia. The event will be composed of three different interactive sessions:

Session 1 -  Getting Published: Article Production and Publication                        
In this session, we will explore the process of producing an article for publication, with a specific emphasis on understanding the expectations of journal editors when receiving submissions from early-career scholars. The panel of experienced academics will provide their valuable insights and advice on the best approaches to navigating this publishing journey. The session includes a question and answer session, allowing early career researchers the opportunity to pose questions to an experienced panel about publishing in European studies.

Speakers: Dr Seda Gürkan (Leiden University), Dr Bruno Theodoro Luciano (Université Libre de Bruxelles / MSCA), Dr Frank Mattheis (United Nations University)

Session 2 - Creating Impact: Disseminating and Amplifying Your Research                        
This session aims to provide valuable insights into effectively disseminating your research findings and maximizing their impact. The panel will explore a range of opportunities for research dissemination, including both traditional and non-traditional approaches for academic and public engagement, and will consider the benefits and challenges of getting your work out there.

Speakers: Dr Patrick Bijsmans (Maastricht University) , Prof Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute), Dr Laura Luciani (Ghent University)

Session 3 - Academic Applications: Standing Out (In the Right Ways)                        
This session is designed to equip early career researchers with valuable information and strategies for approaching academic applications. Our panel of established academics with experience evaluating academic applications will share their expertise, shedding light on the common mistakes often made by early career researchers and offering guidance on how to avoid them. This provides the opportunity to gain valuable insights and ensure that your applications and CVs stand out for the right reasons.

This session will be split into two: first there will be a panel discussion on academic CVs, and then after a short coffee break, participants will have the option to get general feedback on CVs and talk to our panelists about applications.

Speakers: Prof Michele Chang (College of Europe, Bruges), Dr Paul Stephenson (Maastricht University, Brussels), Dr Gustavo Muller (KU Leuven)

Find the full schedule for the event further down on this page. The event will close with a networking drinks reception in Mundo-B.

UACES Doctoral Training Academy will take place in the conference room at Mundo-B on 24 November 2023. It is FREE to attend and deadline to register is 10th November at 23:59PM.

Funding for Delegates

All funded spaces have now all been filled. You can still attend the event without funding, or we can put your name on a funding waiting list in case a space becomes free.

Funding of up to €140 will be offered to UACES members who attend the event to cover travel and accommodation. For those who are based in Belgium or within an hour's train journey from Brussels, we will only cover travel expenses and not accommodation.

Funding is conditional on full attendance at the event, and a completed expenses form, which will be shared after the DTA. If you are not currently a UACES member, you can join in advance of the DTA to avail of funding.


Full details of the planned schedule for the DTA.

9:00 - 9:30

Icebreaker & coffee

9:30 - 10:45

Session 1: Getting published

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee & networking

11:15 - 12:30

Session 2: Creating impact

12:30 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:35

Session 3 (part 1): Academic applications

14:35 - 15:05

Coffee & networking

15:05 - 15:45

Session 3 (part 2): CV and applications interactive workshop

15:45 - 17:00

Networking drinks