12 February 2018
We are part of the Digital Economy CDT Network, that supports and develops training activities for postgraduate research students. In early February we were delighted to attend the annual meeting, showcase and careers symposium held at the Digital Catapult, London.
Day 1 was characterised by fruitful and engaging discussions about the range of training activities and support DEN offers and could offer it student members. Attendees eagerly awaited news about the Summer School 2018, being hosted this year by the Centre for Digital Entertainment and with topics such as AI and machine learning on the agenda it was clear this year’s event was going to draw a big crowd. Day 1 concluded with a CDT showcase, allowing the member CDT’s to demonstrate the quality and quantity of research taking place at their centres and for the researchers to find out more about their peers across the UK. A particular highlight was the VR game simulation from the IGGI CDT team!
Careers was the focus of the following day and saw guest speakers, all who were alumni from CDT members of DEN. Each speaker shared their career journey, the decisions, complications and successes achieved along the way. There were speakers from academia and industry with both SME’s and large enterprises represented. The talks gave a realistic insight to what lies on the other side of the PhD thesis and each speaker shared their thoughts on what a doing a PhD in a CDT has meant to them and what they would do differently (finishing the writing process before getting a job was a reoccurring theme!).