Aims and Objectives

Participation in the IAA PG Colloquium is compulsory for all second year doctoral students. Why?

The IAA is committed to student development. In particular by offering students the opportunity for both personal and professional development. The Colloquium offers participating students an assessed opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Written Skills
  • Subject Specific Networking Skills

Presentation Skills

  • Students will have the chance to demonstrate their oral presentation and active listening skills by presenting papers; chairing panels and participating in discussions afterwards.
  • Presenting students will gain experience of speaking to a professional multidisciplinary audience, appropriately responding to audience questions.
  • Presenting students who agree to be reviewed will receive anonymous reviews of their presentations from their peers in the audience.
  • Chairs of sessions will develop skills including introducing speakers and leading discussions afterwards.
  • Students will demonstrate technical skills developed including:
    • MS PowerPoint (compulsory)
    • Handouts (optional)
    • Other audio/visual aids (where appropriate)
    • Use of microphones (optional)

Written Skills – abstracts and publications

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to condense research themes into a short summary by writing and submitting a 200 word abstract in response to a call for papers.
  • Students submitting an abstract but not intending to give a paper can be offered feedback on their abstract for further skills development.
  • Unless students request otherwise at the point of submission, submitted abstracts will be published:
    • in the Colloquium Programme
    • on WebCT
    • on the Colloquium Website
  • Students will gain experience of working with an editorial team to deadlines; further aspects of writing for publication and dissemination of research, by writing and submitting an extended abstract and bibliography to a special edition of the Rosetta journal.

Subject Specific Networking Skills

  • The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity contains four different disciplines:
    • Archaeology
    • Classics and Ancient History
    • Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
    • Heritage Management
  • Students from these disciplines are required to attend and participate in the full programme of Colloquium events, in order to demonstrate development of Subject Specific Networking Skills.
    • Students are required to respond to and reflect on how their research connects with other research within their discipline.
    • Speakers are required to address the themes of interdisciplinarity and research outreach in their papers.
    • Students consider the links between their disciplines through the incorporation of knowledge transfer and research accessibility within the event.
  • Participation also fosters the development of connections between researchers. Students develop the ability to identify and develop interdisciplinary links, vital to successful research in a multidisciplinary body such as the IAA.


  • Students will demonstrate that they have developed Subject Networking Skills through attending and participating in the event by writing a 1000 word review.
  • The review should include:
    • comments on any new research connections made
    • comments on how their research fits into the wider community
    • comments about the event more generally
    • comments about possible improvements that could be made

The review must be submitted to your Supervisor and the Colloquium Committee.

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