LERU Doctoral Summer School Trinity College Dublin

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The LERU Doctoral Summer School Trinity College Dublin kicked off this week, 9th August and runs until 13th August 2021. The school is focusing on the role of Doctoral Research and Researchers in Promoting the Importance of the ‘Expert’ in Europe.

LERU explores both the current and emerging threats to the role and value of the expert in Europe, and the ways in which researchers, and especially early-stage researchers can respond to this. How, in other words, can the next generation of researchers reclaim the role of the expert and convince people (including the suspicious and the cynical) as to the value of expertise and thus of research and researchers?

The event provides doctoral researchers with unique professional and personal development opportunities, beyond those to which they are generally exposed in the course of their doctoral studies. Over the course of the Summer School, participants develop and submit a position paper on the Expert and Research.

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a network of 23 leading research universities that are located in 12 European countries. LERU is a respected voice in the European Higher Education Area and is committed to upholding sound conditions for research, especially doctoral research and teaching.
Trinity College Dublin has been a member of this prestigious network since February 2017 and contributes to its numerous working groups in a variety of ways.

Go to https://www.leru.org/doctoral-summer-school to find out more about the previous LERU Doctoral Summer Schools.

LERU Doctoral Summer School Programme

Each morning starts with a 2-hour keynote session on a range of themes related to the role of the expert, led by internationally distinguished speakers, and incorporating an interactive discussion facilitated by a session host.

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Time Event
17:00 – 18:00 Informal Introductory Session

Monday, 9th August 2021: Topic “Are Experts Important?”

Time Event
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Session
Facilitated by Professor Martine Smith, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College DublinThis presentation will welcome participants and review collated information as submitted by participants prior to the Summer School.  The content and themes of the proposed output from the Summer School will be confirmed by the end of this session.
09:15 – 09:30 Minister Simon Harris

(Minister for Further and Higher Education and Research) to launch the 2021 LERU Doctoral Summer School and address participants and guests.

09:30 – 11:30 Theme: Are Experts Important?  

Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Linda Doyle
Prof Marcus Collier
Mr Leonard Hobbs

Chaired Discussion

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00 Student session: Thoughts in 3

At these online meetings, participants will speak to one allocated theme in a slot designated as Talk in 3. Participants must present 3 PowerPoint slides and will have a max of 5 minutes to speak to the topic. Only ‘core’ participants present in these slots in their allocated groups.

14:00 – 16:00 Small Group Sessions

Participants will work on the development of allotted themes and the group’s approach to construction of the proposed paper (or other resource). Groups will be facilitated by Prof Martine Smith, Prof Neville Cox and Dr Cormac Doran

16:00 – 16.30 Large Group Discussion
16:30 – 17:30 Online Social Event

Tuesday, 10th August 2021: Topic “Are Populism and Anti-intellectualism Connected?”

Time Event
09:30 – 11:30 Theme: ‘Are populism and anti-intellectualism connected?’

Professor Darrin Durant, University of Melbourne

Prof Susan Murphy
Prof Neville Cox

Chaired Discussion

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee & Comfort Break
12:00 – 13:00 Talk in 3 Session
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Small Group Work

Participants will continue to work on the development of allotted themes and the group’s approach to construction of the proposed paper.

Facilitated by Professors Neville CoxMartine Smith & Dr Cormac Doran

15:30 – 16:00 Group Presentation
16.15 – 17:15 Online Quiz: University Challenge

Wednesday, 11th August 2021: Topic “Anti-Intellectualism and Science: From Vaccinations to Climate Change”

Time Event
09:30 – 11:30 Theme:’Anti-Intellectualism and Science: From Vaccinations to Climate Change.’

Professor Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin

Prof Clare Kelly
Prof Jacob Erickson

Chaired Discussion

11:30 – 12.00 Coffee & Comfort Break
12:00 – 13:00 Talk in 3 session

Facilitated by Professor Martine Smith

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Small Group Discussions and Presentation

Each group will present their draft contribution to a combined paper for discussion by the entire group.

16:30 Social Event

Thursday, 12th August 2021: Topic “Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers and the Experts of the Future”

 Time Event
9:30 – 11:30 Theme: ‘Early Career Researchers and the Experts of the future: Potentials and Pitfalls’

Professor Lorraine Leeson Associate Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin

Prof Fred Sheedy
Prof Larisa Florea

Followed by Questions and Answers

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee & Comfort Break
12:00 – 13:00 Talk in 3
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Small Group Sessions
Groups will incorporate amendments to their section of the policy paper and will present on this to the entire group for approval.Materials to be presented by 15.30pm to workshop facilitators to be collated in advance of Friday’s session.
15.30 –16:30 Workshop with Intel: ‘Experts: Employer and Employee perspectives.’
16:30 Social Event

Friday, 13th August 2021: Conclusions

Time Event
09:00 – 11:00 Presentation of the collated Policy paper plan, including discussions on future actions
Facilitated by Professor Martine Smith
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:00 Final Remarks and Presentation of Certificates

Prof Kurt Deketelaere, Deputy Secretary-General of LERU
Prof Juergen Barkhoff, Vice Provost, Trinity College Dublin


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