Call for Convenors for Research Webinars

Presidential PhD Webinars

IAMCR is initiating the Presidential PhD Research Webinars to open up channels for greater engagement and participation, keep IAMCR's vibrant and collegial spirit, foster membership engagement outside of the main conference times, and provide more visibility for the research that early-stage scholars do.

The webinar provides a forum for critical dialogue for PhD researchers in the field of communication and media studies. The central goals of the webinars are to give visibility to doctoral research in the global field of communication and media studies and stimulate interaction and cooperation among PhD students.  

With this call, we first want to invite PhD researchers who want to host/convene an IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar with a topic of their choice. Read this information carefully if you are an IAMCR member PhD student and would like to convene an IAMCR Presidential PhD Research  Webinar.

General Principles  

Webinar organisation procedure  

Each year, one webinar is organised outside the main conference period, ideally in the second half of the year.  

This open call invites IAMCR member PhD students to submit their applications to propose a topic and to convene an IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar on that topic.  

When the convenor(s) and their proposed topic are selected, the second open call for speakers and abstracts for presentations on that selected topic will be launched in collaboration with the selected convenor(s).

The presenters from among the applications for the second call will be selected together with the convenor(s).

Responsibilities of webinar convenors  

The webinar convenor(s) are expected to:
    • Coordinate the organisation of the webinar;
    • Commit to comply with IAMCR's statement on a safe and supportive communityi;  
    • Abide by the timeline and meet all deadlines to the best of their ability;
    • Ensure that all presenters obtain copyright clearance on any materials they present;
    • Write a short 'after the event' article (which will be made available to the IAMCR membership);
    • Propose replacements in case participants have to cancel in order to ensure that the minimum number of three participants is respected.

What IAMCR will provide  

As the organiser of the Presidential PhD Research Webinar series, IAMCR:
    • Promotes the webinar via its communication channels;
    • Provides the Zoom meeting platform where the webinar will be held;
    • Provides a registration system and issues certificates for the convenor(s) and speakers after the webinar.

How to apply to convene the IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar  


The convenor(s) must be members of IAMCR and PhD students. The proposed topic must be relevant to communication and media studies, and it should be intellectually stimulating and potentially innovative.

How to apply  

If you would like to organise a webinar, download and complete the application form.  

The completed application form should be emailed with the subject "IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar:  {title of your webinar}" to Mazlum Kemal Dağdelen <>, coordinator of the presidential webinar and assistant of IAMCR President, Nico Carpentier. 

If there are several convenor(s), each convenor is required to submit an application form. All forms must be sent in one application email to the coordinator of the presidential webinar. If there are similar proposals related to the selected topic, the convenors may be grouped as co-convenors in consultation with the applicants.

The topic and the convenor(s) are selected on the basis of the academic quality of their proposal and its relevance to our field.


Applications for hosting/convening a webinar should be submitted by 28 February 2022. All complete applications will be responded to in 4 weeks.

Please do not send paper proposals in stage 1. This call is for hosts/convenors only.

The webinar is open to the participation of IAMCR members as convenors, presenters, and audience. A limited number of places for non-IAMCR members in the audience may be available.

To have further information about the initiative, you are welcome to contact Mazlum Kemal Dağdelen, coordinator of the presidential webinars, at

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