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Graduate Forum Committee

Meet the elected committee of UACES Student and Early-Career Members

The Graduate Forum is run by an elected committee of UACES Student and Early-Career Members. We work together with the UACES Committee of Trustees to organise events and conferences and to represent the voice of graduate and early-career researchers within the Association as a whole. Committee members are elected by members of the Graduate Forum.


Dr Olga Litvyak, University of Vienna | @Olgaltv

"After defending my PhD in Political Science in 2019, I have been working as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna. After two years as the UACES GF Communications Officer, I have decided to stand for the role of the Chair of the UACES GF committee. I bring along my knowledge of day-to-day functioning of the committee and my experience as a PhD and Early Career Researcher, understanding the challenges and needs of the junior academics. My main aim is to continue supporting our community through the UACES GF online and offline events, and other projects."


Communications Officer

Filiz Dogan

Filiz DoğanLeiden University | @frannygl

"I am a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, at Leiden University. Based on my previous experience, as a project manager/specialist as well as a Chair of the PhD committee in my university department, I wanted to take up the Communications Officer role of the UACES GF committee because I like communicating with different researchers and hearing about their experiences. My aim is to create a dynamic communication network by reaching as many PhD and Early Career Researchers through various projects and activities. This way, I believe that junior researchers will find better support to overcome the challenges during their academic journey and will be able to establish stronger ties in academia in the future.”


JCER Liaison Officer

Lisa Claire Whitten, Queen's University Belfast | @LisaClaireWhit1

Lisa Claire Whitten




Events Officer (Joint)

Carlos Bravo, IBEI - Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals / UPF Barcelona School of Management | @cbravuna


Carlos Bravo



Events Officer (Joint)

Barış Çelik, School of Politics and International Relations - University of Kent | @fbariscelik

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The Graduate Forum Committee includes the roles of Chair, JCER Liaison Officer, Communications Officer and two Events Officers. The elected UACES members (students or ECRs) are in office for 2 years.


All positions are currently filled. Upcoming elections for two Events Officers and JCER Liaison Officer will be in November 2021.