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The 11th EUPRERA PhD seminar will be held in London, October 2017.

The aim of the EUPRERA PhD seminar is to provide an international setting where doctoral students within public relations and strategic communication can present their ongoing work, get feedback from experts and peers and establish a valuable network for the future.

Applicants must submit a one-page abstract. In addition, you must provide documentation of your enrolment in a PhD-program. The subject of the PhD-project must be related to public relations/strategic communication. Please submit to the facilitators (see below). There will be a limited number of 12 participants. When the mentioned criteria are met, the principle will be first come, first served.

Finally, participants must submit a 10-page paper based on their PhD-project, prior the seminar. It is recommended that the paper is problem focused rather than conclusive. It should be a description of the subject of interest and the theoretical and methodological approach and you should also indicate what kind of feedback you are looking for. Please also indicate in which phase of your PhD you are.

Participants are expected to present their own work during the seminar and to provide written (one-page) feedback for two of the other projects before the seminar. This feedback will be used to propel the discussion during the seminar. Shortly after the 14th of September, a detailed program, all the papers and instructions about presentation and feedback will be distributed.

An important role of the PhD seminar is the opportunity to network with peers. It is important to share the working hours as well as the time for socializing with the seminar group. Therefore, you should not plan private tourist activities during the seminar days.

It is highly recommended that PhD students attend the congress as well as the seminar. You can take advantage of the special package fee including both events. An informal get together will be organized during the first day of the congress to support networking during the congress.




This valuable project has been launched and conducted successfully for 9 years by Associate Professor Emeritus Inger Jensen, from Roskilde University in Denmark. From 2016 on, this project is lead by:


Øyvind Ihlen
Dr. Øyvind Ihlen is a Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo and co-head of the political communication group here. He has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters, and written or edited eight books, including Public Relations and Social Theory: Key Figures and Concepts (2009) and the award winning Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (2011). Ihlen is President Elect of The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA). His research focuses on strategic communication and journalism, using theories of rhetoric and sociology on issues such as the environment, immigration and corporate social responsibility.





2015 PhD seminar: Oslo (4-7 October)
2014 PhD seminar
: Brussels (14-17 September)
2013 PhD seminar
: Barcelona (6-9 October)
2012 PhD seminar
: Istanbul (23-25 September)
2011 PhD seminar: Leeds (10-13 September).
2010 PhD seminar: Jyvaskyla (25-28 September).
2009 PhD seminar
Bucharest (26-28 September).
2008 PhD Seminar Milan (18-21 October).
2007 PhD seminar Roskilde (30 October - 3 September).




Comments from participants

The Barcelona Nine
Written by Pauline Madigan to commemorate a lovely time had by everyone at PhD seminar in Barcelona, Oct 2013

Dear friends, I ask you to listen
To a story I’ve to tell
About eight people I encountered
In Barcelona’s city dwell

But before I go on to tell you
About the ‘Barcelona Nine’
We must mention two other people
Who were oh so very fine

Enric – he was our host
And what a host he was,
With Maria’s help he made us see
Bacelona’s beauty and EUPRERA’s great good cause

The PhD Seminar was oh so special
We really were divine
We guided and we listened
We call ourselves – the Barcelona Nine!

The first person was Juliane
A messer she was not
She guided and provided
Us with help – so thanks a lot

Marcus was another chap
At our doctorate too
Finnish he is now
And finish his PhD he will too

The local lad was Marc
No more helpful could he have been
And let’s hope he learns to learn
To prioritise with whom he’s keen…

The new Mammy of the group
Monika – the online savvy one
But it’s her new bambino
That’s bringing her most fun

Celma was a special one
For in a room we slept
We drank, we smoked we laughed
And have secrets to be kept!!

And then there was Evandro
He’s lively, lovely and great fun
His smile was just so brilliant
He was surely our hunky, hot one!

And Sue she helped us all
Her book we will all buy
But it’s her friendship and her guidance
That we will remember her by

The last person I want to mention
You all know she’s oh so fine
For Inger – we say thank you
For your amazing time

So now, I’ll love and leave you
For this seminar was so divine
And we will always remember
The Barcelona nine!


This is a note of thanks from the PhD students who attended the first PhD seminar organised by EUPRERA at Roskilde University:

We particularly want to thank Inger Jensen whose brilliant vision this was, as well as Sue Wolstenholme, Jacob Dahl Rendtorff  who gave such valuable feedback and Anne who looked after us so well. Other people must have contributed to the success and of course EUPRERA and RUC as a whole made it possible.

We have had a fantastic time, working together from different countries and at different stages of research to solve each other's dilemmas. We are sure you  - and the wider PR community - will see the benefits of this collaboration in years to come and really hope you will support seminars like this in the future. There will be more detailed reports in the next EUPRERA newsletter, of course. With thanks to all of you and, in particular, to the kindness and dedication of Inger.

from Camilla Berggren, Alenka Jelen, Birte Fähnrich, Gisela Goncalves, Howard Nothhaft, Irène Perrin, Johanna Fawkes, Nilam Ashra, Swaran Sandhu







We have had a fantastic time, working together from different countries and at different stages of research to solve each other's dilemmas. We are sure you  - and the wider PR community - will see the benefits of this collaboration in years to come and really hope you will support seminars like this in the future.

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