International Seminar for STEAM Doctoral Students 25.-26.8. – call for short papers

This “Call for proposals” introduces a PhD seminar program, organised in Helsinki 25th-26th August, and activities for students before the seminar. As a joint activity, there will be two workshops August 24th. The seminar and workshops are free and open for doctoral students in Finland, Estonia and Israel and are part of the Horizon 2020 SciCar project.

Where: Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Siltavuorenpenger 10
When: August 25th – 26th 2022, + workshops and personal consulting August 24th

The seminar is appropriate also for students, participating in Maker@STEAM Creative collective seminar in Helsinki.

The credit points earned at the seminar should be agreed with the main supervisor. The seminar and the work beforehand correspond about 2 – 3 credit points.

To apply and register for the seminar, there are three possibilities for PhD students:

  1. Oral presentation: A student is required to write a short paper in English, about 1500 words or 3–4 pages (cf. guidelines for short papers attached). The paper could introduce a “draft”, which is aimed to be published later in a journal. The draft could be a description of the analysis of one data set together with an introduction and discussion. The draft could also be a modified or elaborated previous proposal to a conference. It is not necessary to organize proofreading to the paper because it is a draft by its nature.

  2. Poster presentation: In the case, the PhD studies are in the beginning and only preliminary data has been collected or no data has not yet been collected, a student can present a poster in the seminar. The student is required to write a short paper in English, about 500 words or 1.5 pages.

    Following topics could be introduced in the paper: research plan; objectives of the research; research methods and data collection; data or research material to be used or preliminary data; expected results or preliminary results; references It is not necessary to organize proofreading to the paper because it is a draft by its nature.

  3. Join without a presentation. It is also possible to attend without a presentation as an audience. In this situation, the lunch will be at your own cost.

Register here by filling out the form.

The short papers should be sent before May, 15th.  The paper will be reviewed by one doctoral student from the respective other groups (cf. guideline for review below). Reviews are due four weeks later, on June 15th. The reviews will be sent to the author of a short paper for helping him/her prepare the final presentation. The abstracts and reviews
should be sent to Jari Lavonen (

Presentations are grouped into sessions. There are two presentations per session, which leaves ample opportunities for discussion. It is these discussions that are supposed to make the meetings an interesting and informative happening for the presenters as well as their audience. In the case we got more presentations than there are places in the preliminary program, we will organize parallel sessions. There will be one poster session in the seminar.

There will be 45 minutes for each presentation, which are roughly divided into a 20-minute talk (the talk will be stopped if 25 minutes are exceeded) and a 10-minute evaluation/discussion led by the opponent or the person who made the review. The rest of the 45 min time will be allocated for open discussion and feedback. The session chair will organize a discussion based on the presentations and comments after the session in a common lunch or coffee table. The details of this session will be introduced at the beginning of the session by the session chair.

The workshop day on August 24th consists of two workshops. The first workshop focuses to a design of a
cognitive test, such as validity and reliability issues related to the test. The second workshop focuses to collecting and analysing situational data, such as ESM data.

Welcome to Helsinki!
Jari Lavonen & Miia Rannikmäe

More information about the seminar, its programme and the format of the papers (.pdf)