The pre-conference ICDE Global Doctoral Consortium session provided a great introduction to key themes of the 29th ICDE World Conference. With more than 30 PhD level students and candidates gathering from all corners of the globe and ICDE community, the tone of knowledge sharing and support across borders was set before the main conference had even begun.
Conference hosts, UNED Costa Rica prepared a programme of inclusive collaboration by incorporating not only both Spanish and English speakers, but also students with a variety of PhD methods. It was clear that this is an innovative field with new thinkers emerging, challenging the more traditional framework of education.
As well as the chance for students to present their current work, representatives from ICDE GDC core partners UNISA and HBMSU were present to provide feedback and advice. We also heard from ICDE Board member, Som Naidu who shared his experience and tips for newcomers to the field, how they should break down the task of getting published and gaining recognition.
Thanks to Rosibel Víquez Abarca from UNED for arranging this session and to our translators on the day, including Mario Durán.
We are excited to see the results from these students and candidates and look forward to their valuable impact in the field of OFDL.