Call for Postgraduate Researchers: Empathy, Trust, Mental Health and Digital Technologies Postgraduate Workshop

Are you a Master’s or Doctoral researcher based in the UK or EU, with an interest or passion for the relationship between empathy, trust, mental health and technology? If so, we would love you to apply for our workshop to be held in Leeds, UK, on the 16th June, 2016. We will even pay towards your travel and overnight accommodation to come and take part!

Key information:

Deadline for applications (link below): 5pm, 27th May 2016

Notifications of acceptance: 3rd June 2016

Date of workshop: 16th June 2016 (optional to attend on the 17th June also)

Venue of workshop: The Edge, Sheffield University

The EMoTICON Network invites postgraduate researchers to participate in a one-day workshop exploring issues of empathy, trust, digital technologies and mental health. The workshop is being held as part of a two-day event for the

EMoTICON (Empathy and Trust in Communications Online:, Digital Personhood ( and Social Computing and Mental Health Research Networks (, where the postgraduate researchers will have the opportunity to share their own research in the form of a poster, as well as take part in workshop and networking activities.

The aim of the workshop is three-fold:

* To provide an opportunity for postgraduate researchers who are early in their career to meet with more senior members of the UK research community who have a shared interest in empathy, trust, mental health and technology.

* To promote interdisciplinary discussion, dialogue and collaborative exploration around future challenges related to empathy and trust for individuals and societies.

* To allow postgraduates to share their research with other researchers – be this the findings of their research, early insights coming from their work, or the questions, challenges and problems that motivate their work.

We are making our call for applicants open to researchers from any disciplinary background – the only requirement is that applicants are currently registered as a postgraduate student and actively conducting research that is broadly relevant to issues of empathy, and/or trust, and/or mental health and digital technology.

If selected, you would be expected to attend a PGR workshop on the Thursday (16th) morning, and have the option to present a poster at the evening meal. PGRs are also encouraged to stay for the network workshop and networking event on the 17th June, with the event finishing no later than 2:45pm.

We will pay towards your travel (standard class return rail fare or coach travel) and overnight accommodation in Leeds for the evening before and/or after the workshop will be arranged for you. We will provide refreshments throughout the day and dinner on the evening of the workshop. We will provide refreshments throughout the day and dinner on the evening of the workshop.

If you have any questions at all please contact Lyndsey Bakewell (, who is leading the organisation of the workshop.

If you would like to apply to participate, then please head on over to our application page (


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