phd existence


Like in all years before, we prepare a contest for the best poster and a creative contest for the best joke or comic illustrating the PhD studies.


The poster session will take place in standalone blocks within which the authors will be present at their posters and answer individual questions from interested participants. The session times will be stated in the programme. The posters must be placed at least 2 hours before the session start, so that the raters have enough time to evaluate all posters. There will be 3 raters in the committee, who will evaluate the content and graphical aspect of the poster. Poster size is 90 cm (width) × 120 cm (height) with vertical orientation.


We announce a contest for the funniest remark about PhD studies!

Send us your humorous and creative pieces describing the „PhD existence“ in any format to e-mail address (before January 30-31st, 2023) or bring it with you and give it to anyone from the staff during the first day of the conference.

You are not limited by format, form or genre. You can create a comic, drawing, video, graphics, story, meme, joke, even a statue.

Besides providing us products to study psychologically, you can also win a prize.

After you provide your creation, we will label it with anonymous number and display it to be rated by all other participants at the conference (each participant will have one vote).

The three creations with the highest number of votes win. In case of a tie, we will choose the winner randomly.

We will announce the winners together with winners of other contests at the social reception in the evening of the first conference day.

The organizers reserve the right to not display creation, which are crudely unethical or extremely indecent, and the right to publish the creations in the conference publications, on the conference website and at the conference venue.

We are looking forward to you creations!

The contest’s procedure will be supervised and question will be answered by Miroslav Charvát.


A joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is not meant to be taken seriously. It takes the form of a story, usually with dialogue, and ends in a punch line.

Comics is a medium used to express ideas by still images, often combined with text or other visual information. Comics frequently takes the form of juxtaposed sequences of panels of images. Often textual devices such as speech balloons, captions, and onomatopoeia indicate dialogue, narration, sound effects, or other information. Size and arrangement of panels contribute to narrative pacing.