Sophia Charlotte Volk
PhD Seminar 2016
Participating in the EUPRERA PhD seminar was a great opportunity for me to discuss my own dissertation project with PhD students and senior scholars in a very constructive atmosphere. Expect to meet PhD students from across Europe and beyond, train your presentation and feedback skills in an intercultural setting, and think out-of-the-box. In addition to exchanging ideas and building your own network with inspiring fellows, you’ll also receive first-hand advice on publication strategies and how to pursue an academic career.

PhD Seminar 2017

The 11th EUPRERA PhD seminar will be held in London, 14-16 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 by August 21. 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 an 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.

To register for the PhD seminar, please send your abstract to the seminar coordinator first. Then, if approved, you will receive a password to register

PhD Seminar Convenors


Øyvind Ihlen
Oslo University, Norway

Dr. Øyvind Ihlen is a Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo and co-director of POLKOM – Centre for the Study of Political Communication. He has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, and written or edited nine 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 of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA). His research focuses on strategic communication/public relations, using theories of rhetoric and sociology.

Sabine Einwiller, 
University of Vienna, Austria

Sabine Einwiller is a Professor of Public Relations Research at the University of Vienna’s Department of Communication. Before joining the University of Vienna she held a professor position at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany), where she established the Master’s program in Corporate Communication. Sabine Einwiller holds a doctorate degree in Business Adminstration from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) where she also finished her post-doctorate degree (habilitation). Prior to her academic career, Sabine Einwiller worked as a PR manager in a multinational company in Germany. In the 1990ies she studied Psychology at the University of Mannheim (Germany) and at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). Sabine Einwiller has researched and published widely on topics of corporate communication and stakeholder psychology. In her research, she is mainly interested in the effects of corporate communication on their stakeholders and the management of stakeholder-company relationships. In particular, her research focuses on the effects of negative publicity and crisis communication, corporate communication in online/social media, CSR communication, and employee communication.

Jens Seiffert, 
University of Vienna, Austria

Jens Seiffert-Brockmann is a post-doctoral researcher with the Corporate Communication Research Group in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his doctorate in Communication Science in 2014 from the University of Leipzig, where he was a predoctoral researcher between 2009 and 2014. He also holds a Magister Artium in Communication Science and Political Science from his studies at the University of Leipzig. Jens has spent abroad study semesters at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, United States. His current fields of research are gamification in the context of organizational communication, evolutionary psychology in strategic communication and public trust.