Twenty-four of the world’s brightest PhD students took over QUT’s Glasshouse for a week of paper jams, workshops and roundtables at the second CCI Winter School. Guided by a group of guest international and CCI mentors, the group shared ideas, experiences and countless tweets on papers as diverse as the evolution of Wikipedia, hybrid bodies and worlds in iPhone games and restructuring arts and cultural funding in Tanzania. The paper jam method provided a supportive and very effective way of encouraging collaboration between researchers who wouldn’t necessarily mix together, helping participants generate new ideas and methods, as well as collaborations that will endure throughout their careers.
Here are some of the participants’ thoughts on their Winter School experience:
“CCIWS13 will go down in the history of my graduate school experience as one of the most useful and stimulating programs in which I’ve had the privilege of participating.”
“Its been an incredibly valuable, priceless experience to just be immersed in the knowledge and themes and passions of everyone affiliated with the CCIWS. Wish I could do it every year.”
“The intensive hour of mentor feedback was completely invaluable. It probably saved me 6 months of work on my own.”
“The paper jams were definitely a wonderful experience. Having direct feedback from experts is an invaluable help for a PhD student.”
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