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The Doctoral Colloquium & Poster Session
London, UK, September 14, 2012
An event organised in conjunction with the ATLAS annual conference


ATLAS annual conference

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended towards May 25st, 2012

Provisional program


Professional Panel

  • Prof. Andrew Holdon, University of Bedforshire, UK (CHAIR)
  • Dr. Julie Scott (London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Penny Bernstok, LERI, UEL, UK
  • Cynthia Zhuang, UEL, UK (Organisor)




The University ofEast London in collaboration with ATLAS are pleased to announce the pre-conference doctoral colloquium for doctoral students in tourism and hospitality management.

The Doctoral Colloquium & Poster Session, which will take place on the 14th of September 2012 (integrated in the second day of the ATLAS 2012 annual conference) will provide doctoral students in tourism with an exciting opportunity to discuss their dissertation research with other doctoral students and leading academics in this field. The colloquium will also provide a unique opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and ideas, and network with students and faculty from different countries and university systems.

All topics and methodological approaches within the broad field of tourism, hospitality and leisure will be considered



Apart from aiming to foster interactions among the PhD community in the field, the main objective of the colloquium is to create a discussion environment where the PhD researchers in the early, intermediate or advanced stages of their research may benefit from the experience of the senior academicians, practitioners and other students in the field.

Students will discuss their work with their fellow students and with track/workshop colloquium faculty, who are renowned experts in the field. In addition there will be faculty presentations designed to help students plan and manage their dissertation process.

Doctoral students in different stages of their dissertation process can apply for participation in the doctoral colloquium. The doctoral colloquium will be held in a collaborative, open and friendly atmosphere. In respect to this philosophy, participants are required to attend the entire colloquium. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.


Format of the colloquium

The first part of the colloquium is the plenary session, followed by track sessions/workshops (see below). Accepted submissions will be presented during the track sessions/workshops. This way it is aimed to have more focused discussions about each presentation. The second part of the event is the poster presentations, during which PhDs have the chance to present their work to ATLAS 2012 conference participants.

There will be:

  • Lectures/presentations in the following areas:
    • The Ph.D. process and career paths in different countries
    • Critical stages in the Ph.D. process and how to successfully master them
    • Coping with possible personal problems while pursuing a Ph.D. (lack of time or motivation, problems with advisers, insufficient time for family and friends, etc.)
    • What's next - academia or industry?
    • Entering the academic job market as future junior faculty
    • Landing your first industry job
    • Landing your first industry job
  • Two tracks for students in an intermediate or advanced stage of their dissertation process. Students in these tracks should have a good knowledge of the literature in their domain of study and clear research questions. They should be in the process of starting the data collection or have already finished this. Students in these tracks will have 35 minutes to present and discuss their dissertation work. They can benefit from the colloquium by subjecting the positioning of their research to a critical review, refining their data collection approach, and/or receiving suggestions for translating their work into papers that can be submitted to top rated journals.
  • Two tracks for students in an early stage of their dissertation process. Students in this track should have a (tentative) proposal for the topic they want to study, the method they want to use, and the potential contribution. They will have 35 minutes to present and discuss their dissertation work, and will receive suggestions on how to focus and position their work.



Call for Papers

The number of participants will be limited so as to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the co-chairpersons of the colloquium.

Interested doctoral students should submit the following:

  1. A three-page summary (plus figures, tables, and references) of their doctoral research (planned or actual), outlining the research problem against the existing literature, discussing the methodology and showing some initial empirical results (if applicable)
  2. A Curriculum Vitae - In the submission process, candidates will also be asked to give some information about their vitae, following a specific format which can be downloaded here. On this form, students should also indicate whether they apply for the intermediate/advanced or for the beginners' track based on the stage of their dissertation process.

Doctoral students at all stages could benefit from participation.

Please note that the name of the candidate and of the thesis advisor(s) (if already known) and contact details should appear on the abstract.

The deadline for submission is the 25th of May, 2012. Submissions should be sent by email to




The detailed programme is subject to review when numbers and participants are better known. However, it will include plenary workshops on topics pertinent to each stage of successfully completing a PhD and its aftermath, with opportunities for individual participants to present their work to date and gain feedback in group workshops.

Preliminary Schedule (on Friday, September 14th 2012)


    10:30-11.00 Tea/Coffee
    11:00-11:30 Opening and Welcome by the Chairpersons
    11:30-12:15 Doctoral Colloquium Key Note speeche
    12.15-13.00 Parallel tracks/workshops (Doctoral colloquium student presentations/discussions/feedback)
    13:00-14:00 Buffet Lunch
    14:00-15:30 Parallel tracks/workshops (Doctoral colloquium student presentations/discussions/feedback)

 Provisional program including the colloquium workshop sessions.



Poster preparation guidelines

You will be provided a 4 feet high and 8 feet wide bulletin board. We recommend that you use approximately 4 feet X 6 feet of space for your display. There is no requirement that you fill the board. There is also no requirement that you print a "real" poster - printed PowerPoint slides are perfectly acceptable. Your poster should cover the main points of your work and be as self-explanatory as possible.  The posters will be displayed throughout the conference. Doctoral students in this way will have the opportunity to discuss their research with conference participants.



Colloquium Fee and Registration

The Colloquium fee will be the same as the conference fee (Euro 150) if you also will participate in the full conference. The fee will be Euro 100 for the colloquium only and includes the following:

  • Participation to the doctoral colloquium
  • A buffet lunch
  • Tea/coffee breaks
  • Participation in the welcome reception of te conference Wednesday

Doctoral students should make their own accommodation arrangements. Visit the conference website for suggetsed hotels near the conference venue.

Please note that by accepting the invitation students commit themselves to attend the Colloquium. Cancellations will not be reimbursed unless a valid reason will be given which will be discussed with the Colloquium co-chairs. It is also crucial to maintain interactions among the same set of participants throughout the Colloquium. As such, it is important that students do not opt out of sessions during the Colloquium.

Please also note that Registration is required for students to participate in the Colloquium. You can make your registration by using the registration form at conference website.

Cancellation policy

As soon as ATLAS has confirmed your registration, you are obliged to pay the conference fee. If written cancellation is received on or before Monday August 27th, 2012, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50.

No refund will be possible after Monday August 27th, 2012, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Colloquium Administration

ATLAS conference secretariat
Travit - PO Box 3042
6802 DA Arnhem
The Netherlands

Tel: +31-26-4452699
Fax: +31-26-4452932



Royal Docks Business School,
University of East London
Docklands Campus
University Way
London E16 2RD
United Kingdom


More information

More information about the venue, region, recommended hotels can be found on the conference website.




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