The PhD Colloquium, in conjunction with the
ECLAS UNISCAPE Conference 2019

Hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås Norway

Lessons from the past, visions for the future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe


When: Sunday, 15 September, 10:00- 16:00
Where: NMBU, Ås, Norway (venue TBA)

Note: Due to an overwhelming response, registration for the PhD Colloquium has been closed. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please contact

Your PhD process is the entrance gate to becoming a researcher producing new scientific knowledge. Whether you envision a career path in research or in academic education, this knowledge along with the various insights you gain through the PhD is relevant for the education of future landscape researchers, theorists and practitioners.

In the spirit of this year’s conference, this colloquium will revolve around the following questions and provide opportunities for sharing reflections and insights:

How may your PhD project result in new knowledge that should be conveyed to students of landscape?

What are the implications for the way we teach students of landscape and landscape architecture?

Reflections may include points of discussion concerning:

  • New Pedagogical tools and methods
  • How can we address landscape problems in education?
  • New concepts and ways of looking at landscapes
  • New ways of understanding landscapes
  • New ways of visualizing landscapes, through traditional as well as new media
  • New approaches to environmental design
  • The professional role of landscape architects and planners in public planning
  • The colloquium is open for more topics that may be of interest and inspirational to your fellow PhD students

We therefore invite PhD-students and their supervisors, prior to participating at the conference, to present their work in posters and join us in reflection and discussion on their projects.

This session is free for PhD students who register for the conference; conference registration at a special student reduced rate will open on 15 February. Please make sure to note your intended participation at the colloquium when registering for the conference. Please note that there is a limit of places and participation will be determined on a ‘first come first serve basis.’

How to get involved as a doctoral student?

Current and prospective doctoral students are invited to present a poster (A1) of their research project. The contents of the poster should include:

Topic of my research project

  • Please state the thesis title.
  • Please explain the context and scientific and societal relevance.
  • What is my research question and which research strategy & approach have I selected to answer this question?
  • In this context it might be useful to also explain your way of operationalizing the theoretical concepts that are included in your research question.
  • What is, or will be, my empirical evidence and how will I collect and analyse my data/evidence?

In what way does your project relate to basic knowledge in landscape architecture studies that should be included in university curricula?

  • Present a short text on how you would include the reflections and findings you have made so far in your PhD-process into a course or curriculum of landscape architecture.

The poster should be prepared according to the template (Download the template here:

Poster Submission deadline: 31st of August 2019 to this e-mail: . On the email subject line, please indicate ‘ECLAS PhD-colloquium. Student’.

How to get involved as a prospective doctoral students?

If you are a future doctoral student and still in the process of developing a thematic framework, you are also invited to attend the discussions. In that case you need not submit an outline but please send an e-mail to before 31st of August 2019 to inform us of your intention to attend. On the email subject line, please indicate ‘ECLAS PhD-colloquium. Prospective doctoral student’

How to get involved as a thesis supervisor or senior researcher?

The colloquium will be a combination of individual mentoring, group discourse and presentations. Discussion themes could be the following, but are not limited to these:

  • How has your teaching and supervision affected your research interests and supervision of PhD-studies
  • Should PhD-students be encouraged to teach during the course of their PhD study? Why?
  • How do you convey your own research to students through teaching?

Supervisors are invited to join at any time during the day.

A certificate of attendance will be issued on behalf of ECLAS.
For any questions: e-mail: