PhD Symposium 2021

Where and when?

Date: 3 November 2021 ··· Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm GMT

Location: Online

Booking deadline: midnight (BST), 22 October

We’re really hoping things will be much closer to normal by November, but to be on the safe side, and given the great number of delegates and positive feedback last year, this year’s SSA PhD Symposium will be delivered online.

PhD Symposium details

The SSA’s symposium for PhD students is now in its thirteenth year. This event brings together PhD students studying addiction-related topics so they can network, present their work in a low-key, supportive environment and share their experiences – positive and negative. We welcome full and part-time students, studying in a range of disciplines including social sciences, laboratory sciences and health services research. The day includes presentations from students at all stages of their PhD, as well as those who are close to finishing or who have recently submitted their thesis.

The programme is built around the delegates and will be available here when finalised. Delegates will be able to submit their delegate abstract when booking.

Comments from previous attendees:

“I felt like the presentations were more engaging than they usually are at conferences. They were well thought through + interesting”

“Really good encouragement to start engaging the public & how it can help/what it can bring to your research”

“My first PhD SSA Symposium was a great experience. Thank you”

Dr Inge Kersbergen, PhD Symposium organiser

Read a Q&A with Inge, of the PhD Symposium organising committee

More content from the online PhD Symposium


PhD Symposium, 2020: Session details, interviews and Symposium podcast

Olivia Sexton (University of Sheffield)

A delegate’s reflections on attending the SSA PhD Symposium, 2020

Previous conferences


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