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LERU Doctoral Summer School Trinity College Dublin 9th - 13th August 2021

Reasserting the Value of the Expert

This summer in Trinity College Dublin we will focus on the role of Doctoral Research and Researchers in Promoting the Importance of the ‘Expert’ in Europe.

Exploring the Role of the Expert

We will explore both the current and emerging threats to the role and value of the expert in Europe, and the ways in which researchers, and especially early-stage researchers can respond to this. How, in other words, can the next generation of researchers reclaim the role of the expert and convince people (including the suspicious and the cynical) as to the value of expertise and thus of research and researchers?

The event will provide doctoral researchers with unique professional and personal development opportunities, beyond those to which they are generally exposed in the course of their doctoral studies. Over the course of the Summer School, participants will develop and submit a position paper on the Expert and Research.

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LERU Summer School Programme Highlights

The LERU Doctoral Summer School will be hosted as an online event by Trinity College Dublin, from August 9th-13th. The theme for the week is Reasserting the Role of the Expert. Each morning starts with a 2-hour keynote session on a range of themes related to the role of the expert, led by internationally distinguished speakers, and incorporating an interactive discussion facilitated by a session host.

Themes for the week:

  • Monday, 9th August 2021: Topic “Are Experts Important?”
  • Tuesday, 10th August 2021: Topic “Are populism and anti-intellectualism connected?”
  • Wednesday, 11th August 2021: Topic “Anti-Intellectualism and Science: From vaccinations to Climate Change”
  • Thursday, 12th August 2021: Topic “Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers and the Experts of the future”

The structure for each day includes:

  1. Keynote presentations and discussions.
  2. Short presentations from Summer School participants on the theme of the day.
  3. Small group workshops, where participants develop a policy paper for consideration by LERU on the from the perspective of early stage researchers.
  4. An online social event.

Welcome from the Dean of Graduate Studies

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland's leading university, steeped in history with a reputation for excellence in education and research. While our campus dates back over four hundred years, our research facilities and institutes sit right in the twenty first century.

The university has research strengths that span the Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Arts and Humanities - a spectrum that is mirrored by our broad range of taught post-graduate courses and research opportunities at Masters and Doctorate level.

As a truly international university, we look forward to welcoming you to the LERU Doctoral Summer School in Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Martine Smith
Dean of Graduate Studies

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How to apply?

Please note that the applications are now closed.

Successful candidates will be notified by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin, by early May 2021.