ENTER PhD Research Workshop


Preconference workshop before ENTER 2010, Lugano, Switzerland, 9 Feb 2010; Deadline 15 Oct

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Ph.D. Research Workshop


Ph.D. Research Workshop on the 17th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel & Tourism IFITT’s Global Travel & Tourism Technology and eBusiness Forum February 9th 2010, Universita’ della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano Switzerland


As a preliminary event to ENTER 2010, IFITT will hold its prestigious annual Ph.D. Research Workshop for doctoral students undertaking research in Information and Communication Technology in Travel and Tourism. The workshop provides a forum for doctoral students to discuss their research with peers, colleagues, and leading supervisors and scholars in the field. Doctoral students at all stages (i.e. beginning as well as nearly completed) are encouraged to participate. The workshop is focusing on practical and methodological issues, research proposals and interim results of participating students.

Workshop program:

09:00 - 09:30	Registration and Coffee
09:30 - 09:40	Welcome and Opening Remarks
                Wolfram Höpken, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten
09:40 - 09:45	IFITT President Message
                Andrew J. Frew, Queen Margaret University
09:45 - 10:00	Workshop Introduction: Emerging Issues in ICT and Travel & Tourism
                Wolfram Höpken
10:00 - 10:15	Guidelines for Journal Publishing
                Jamie Murphy, University of Western Australia
10:15 - 10:30	Tips for Completing that Dissertation
                Andrew J. Frew
10:30 - 11:00	Coffee
11:00 - 13:00	Research Proposal Presentation
13:00 - 14:30	Lunch @ MENSA dell’UNIVERSITA
14:30 - 15:30	Breakout Sessions
	        Breakout Session I
                Berendien Lubbe, University of Pretoria
                Breakout Session II
                Davide Bolchini, Indiana University
15:30 - 16:00	Coffee
16:00 - 17:00	Review of Breakout Sessions & Panel Discussion
                Wolfram Höpken
17:00 - 17:30	Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks
17:30 - 19:30	Wine Tasting and Social Networking

More information about the Ph.D. workshop and the overall conference can be found on http://www.enter2010.org


The workshop invites all interested doctoral and prospective students to submit their research proposals. The research proposals should be of a maximum length of five pages (A4) and should typically include the following headings: 1) problem definition; 2) literature review; 3) conceptual development; 4) proposed methodology; 5) anticipated results; and 6) references.

Each submission will undergo a review process. Authors will be notified about the review outcome, along with recommendations to improve the proposal before the workshop.

In your submission, please also indicate the extent of your progress toward completion of the thesis (i.e., thinking about it, just beginning the process, completed proposal etc.). The research proposals will be available to all workshop participants prior to the ENTER 2010 conference. Poster presentations will be displayed throughout the whole ENTER conference and the best research proposal will be given the chance to be presented within the ENTER research track.

Please note there is no cost to students or faculty for participating in the workshop. In addition the registration fee for the full ENTER 2010 conference (February 10th -12th) is heavily discounted for students to encourage active participation in ENTER 2010. Full conference details and all workshop materials and templates are available from the conference website http://www.enter2010.org.

Please direct enquiries to Wolfram Höpken and submit your research proposals any time no later than 15th October 2009. All submissions must use the appropriate workshop template.


Ph.D. Workshop Chair: Prof. Wolfram Höpken, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany (wolfram.hoepken@hs-weingarten.de)
Ph.D. Workshop Co-chair: Prof. Berendien Lubbe, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Ph.D. Workshop Co-chair: Dr. Davide Bolchini, Indiana University, USA