Tallinn University of Technology

Are you considering pursuing a PhD degree but have doubts about its value in the job market? Are you curious about the benefits of having a doctoral degree and how it can empower your career? Or maybe you're already pursuing a PhD and looking for guidance and support? If you answered any of the questions above 'yes', then the doctoral conference Empower your career with a PhD is for you!

At the conference, we will explore the many advantages of earning a PhD degree and how it can set you apart in the job market. We will also debunk common myths about PhD studies and provide insights into the realities of pursuing a doctoral degree. The conference is free for everyone

TalTech Doctoral Conference 2023

Our distinguished speakers with PhD degrees, as well as TalTech’s doctoral candidates will share their experiences, insights and valuable guidance. You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded students, learn from experts with a PhD degree, and gain a deeper understanding of the value of a doctoral degree.

Join us for an inspiring and informative conference that will empower you to pursue your academic and professional goals with confidence. It is the organizers’ wish that by the end of this conference  you are convinced that pursuing a PhD degree is the right choice and that there are various career opportunities available to you after obtaining the degree.

If you want to know how a PhD degree can help you achieve your career aspirations in Estonia and abroad, you should definitely attend.  

See you there!

9:30 - 9:40 Opening remarks. Tiit Lukk, Vice-Rector for Research, TalTech

I Career opportunities

9:40 - 10:05 Life after PhD.
Eneli Kindsiko, Expert of the Foresight Centre

10:05 - 10:30 Opportunities in the Academy. Academic career model.
Maarja Kruusmaa, Tenured Full Professor at the TalTech Centre for Biorobotics

10:30 - 10:55 Opportunities in Entrepreneurship. Expectations and needs of a large company.
Raine Pajo, Member of the Management Board at Enefit/Eesti Energia

10:55 - 11:15 Opportunities in the public sector in Estonia.
Karin Hanga, Expert of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund

11:15 - 11:45 PhD Lifecycle: Planning, Publishing, Presenting, Popularizing.
Mari-Klara Stein, Tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Doctoral Programme Director

11:45 - 12:30 Panel discussion: Different career paths, competencies and knowledge acquired during doctoral studies, and what advantages these and the degree will provide in the jobmarket. PhD studies and a PhD degree:  myths and reality.
Panelists: Eneli Kindsigo, Maarja Kruusmaa, Mari-Klara Stein, Pille-Riin Laanet (doctoral candidate). Moderator: Joonas Hellerma

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Poster presentations by doctoral candidates; video lectures

II Personal experiences

14:30 - 14:55 Tiit Lukk, Vice-Rector for Research, TalTech

14:55- 15:20 Siret Malmberg, Electrochemist at Skeleton Technologies

15:20 - 15:45 Kersti Harkmann, Head of the Monetary Policy Operations Division of Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank)

15:45 - 16:30 Panel discussion: Why doctoral studies?
Panelists: Tiit Lukk, Siret Malmberg, Indrek Adler (doctoral candidate), Kaarel Erik Hunt (doctoral candidate). Moderator Joonas Hellerma

16:30 Closing of the conference 

  • NB! The working language of the conference is Estonian, with simultaneous translation into English
  • The conference is free for everyone
  • Online participation not possible
  • The programme is being updated!
  • Registration for the conference has ended
  • Visit the conference page for more information: taltech.ee/en/phd-conference