What is iDocQ?

The iDocQ colloquium is aimed at students studying towards PhDs in information science and other related disciplines. This year’s event takes place on Thursday May 2018 at Edinburgh Napier University. The event is suitable for doctoral students at all stages of their studies. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to showcase their work to leading academics, researchers and other doctoral candidates as well as enjoy networking opportunities throughout.


What can I expect to happen at iDocQ 2018?

Look at our programme page, or read on!


As with most doctoral events, we will feed you cakes and provide coffee first thing in the morning. This will be followed by a creative networking exercise, where you’ll be able to get to know your fellow delegates and learn about their areas of expertise. And there will more chances to network at lunch and afternoon tea.


Next, there is the keynote speech by Professor Brian Detlor, whose work covers digital storytelling with communities in Canada. You can learn more about Brian’s work here.


PechaKucha 20×20 presentations

This will be followed by PechaKucha 20×20 presentations, in which up to 10 delegates will each present 20 slides or images each for 20 seconds. This is a fantastic way to share your work with the public. Sharing your work in 20 slides (and having only 20 seconds for each), is a great way to improve your presentation skills and create a compelling narrative of your PhD journey. You can focus on a project that has been recently completed, is in progress or is being planned. Projects looking for funding, collaborators or participants can also be presented.

Please indicate if you would like to deliver a 20×20 presentation and we will contact you with further details. (Go here for more information on PechaKucha 20×20 presentations in general, or here for more information on PeckaKucha 20×20 presentations at iDocQ 2018.) Click the graphic below to send us your 300-word abstract. (Don’t worry, you’ll have until 29th April to submit your abstract.)

There will be a prize for the best 20×20 presentation.

To submit your abstract click here.



We will also have a set of workshops running in the afternoon. Here, you’ll be able to update your knowledge on how to get writing, on presentation skills and talk to Napier’s Mental Health team about PhDs and well-being.  Finally, the day will close with a Q&A session, where you’ll get a chance to anonymously ask questions to our academic experts.

Registration: when/where can I get my ticket to the event?

The event is free, but you’ll need to register via EventBrite to reserve your space. Please make sure to book your tickets promptly as our venue has a limited number of seats.

Any questions? Please use our contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

#iDocq2018 Team