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Welcome Message From SOT Chair of NiTiM Winter School 2015

30/10/2015
NiTiM SOT chair welcomes you all to the upcoming winter school in Barcelona.
 
Dear NITIM Members and Affiliates,

On behalf of the NITIM School Organization Team (SOT), I am pleased to announce this year’s coming Winter School to be held in Barcelona, Spain between November 9th and November 11th 2015, with a subsequent career event following the final proceedings of the school on November 12th and 13th. In July we met in Belfast and enjoyed half a week of research oriented in toolbox style training and out of the box thinking strategies necessary for academic success. This coming Winter our partners at La Salle University in Catalonia will graciously host for a week of useful tips and tricks to doctoral success in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The school theme to be addressed has taken into account the majority of later stage PhD candidates and researchers attending the school. But that does not mean that early stage PhDs should feel discouraged from coming as the workshops and lectures to be presented apply to them as well, especially considering the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and gain valuable knowledge from experienced members. To address the challenges of second and third year PhD candidacy, we have framed the main school topics under two thematic priorities that are relevant to the NITIM community. Namely Academic Writing & Publishing, and Career Flexibility. This school offers practical insight into the strategies and expectations needed to prepare for a successful PhD defense and  to ensure a swift and secure transition from  the PhD to academia or private industry.

With that I wish to introduce you all to the NITIM 2015 Winter School event titled:

“Doctoral Tailoring and Transitioning to Success"

This Winter school offers thematic insights into the later stages of PhD research and completion expectations. e.g.- What options do I have in terms of exercising career flexibility in an academic environment? -At what point do I have make up my mind to stay in academia or go into industry? -How much can I change my path and what is career flexibility to me?

Accordingly, I take this opportunity to welcome Prof. Nathalie Mitev as the Lead Lecturer of the NITIM 2015 Winter School in Barcelona. Nathalie is currently Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Management at King’s College London University. After 30 years as an academic in several UK universities, and for the last 18 years at the London School of Economics, she is now an independent freelance in various European institutions (Universit√© Paris-Dauphine, Universit√©s de Grenoble & Poitiers, NEOMA Ecole de Commerce de Rouen, Business Systems Institute, Muenster University, Royal Holloway University of London) where she teaches qualitative research methods, thesis writing and project management to MSc and doctoral students.

Nathalie has brilliantly taken the role as the programme chair and has been working closely with the SOT to prepare and provide you with the best learning experience and relevant knowledge to address your academic and professional concerns.

This year as an affiliated event to the Winter School in Barcelona, we are organizing the NexGen Plus Career Event. The goal of the career event is to help the doctoral candidates to interact with industry role models and get a sense of what it takes to have a career after your research. The speakers are invited from various profiles, from the domain of crisis management to innovation and leadership. The event will provide for an opportunity to have an interactive session with the speakers and have a platform for the fellows to get a sense of the industry and the kind of work arena that opens up in various fields relating to their own research.
 
The School Organization Team (SOT), encourages you all to follow the NITIM School updates on Facebook, Twitter, and LInkedIn as well as the NITIM.org website.
 
Looking forward to welcoming you in Barcelona!
Warmest Regards,
 
John Sabou
Organizing Chair
NITIM Winter School 2015
 
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