Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction 2023: Day One

The seventh bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section of ECREA: "Looking forward!" or ICSI23 conference started on Tuesday 24 October 2023 with Early-career workshop for doctoral candidates.

Doctoral students and their four mentors
Doctoral students and their four mentors

The workshop was a great opportunity for emerging scholars to network and learn from experienced researchers in the field of interpersonal communication and social interaction, as well as to discuss various post-defence career options.

As Professor Leena Mikkola, chair for the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section of ECREA, said at the opening: "Starting with an Early-career workshop for doctoral candidates is an excellent way to support and engage with the next generation of researchers in the field. It provides them with valuable guidance and insights as they work towards completing their doctoral studies."

Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja, chair of the ICSI23 conference, added that young researchers often bring new and innovative perspectives to the field. Their fresh outlook can challenge conventional wisdom and lead to ground-breaking insights. They are adept with the latest communication technologies and platforms, allowing them to explore and adapt to emerging trends and tools in the digital age. They become the next generation of leaders in the field of interpersonal communication and social interaction.

In her welcome address, Katrin Saks, Vice-Rector for Development at Tallinn University, emphasised that panel discussions on different post-doctoral career options are also important as they can help doctoral students and recent graduates to explore different career paths and make an informed decision about their professional future. This might cover options such as academia, industry, government, non-profit organizations, or other relevant sectors, offering a well-rounded perspective on potential career choices (delivered to the participants by Professor Zabrodskaja).

Throughout the day, the fledgling academics engaged in collaborative sessions guided by mentors. These sessions involved deliberations on manuscripts for articles they were presently developing, extended abstracts of their doctoral dissertations, or detailed research plans/dissertation proposals.

Full conference programme

To obtain further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr Anastassia Zabrodskaja. She holds the position of Professor of Intercultural Communication, serves as the Head of the MA program in Communication Management, and is the Executive Director of the European Masters in Intercultural Communication. You can contact her at

On the cover photo: Doctoral students and their four mentors: Professor Leena Mikkola (Tampere University), Dr Kristina Scharp, Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Information (Rutgers University, New Jersey, United States), Dr Rudi Palmieri, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Communication (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom), and Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja (Tallinn University, Estonia)