Last updated March 2023

Provisional Programme

Monday 11th December 2023

10.30 Arrival, registration and coffee

11.00 Small group discussions. Setting expectations for the day.

11.30 “Getting a PhD (in Computer Science) - Doing Good Research”. Followed by discussion.

13.00 Lunch
Taken together at the University and covered by the event registration fee.

14.00 Student discussion groups.
Parallel streams, for students at different stages of the PhD. Discussion of issues and problems experienced by PhD students. All encouraged to share and get involved!

14.45 Break, tea and coffee

15.00 Panel session
Focus: doing a PhD
Question and answer session with a panel comprising recent PhD graduates, AI academics, industrial representative and PhD recruiters.

15.45 Panel session
Focus: careers and employment

16.30 Break, tea and coffee

17.00 “Examining a Higher Degree: The View from the Other Side”. Presentation by Professor Max Bramer. Followed by discussion.

18.15 Close


  • The programme will begin at 11.00 a.m. to reduce the need for attendees to stay in Cambridge on Sunday night.
  • Registration for the Forum will open at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, but participants who cannot arrive before the 11.00 a.m. start are encouraged to come straight to the Forum venue.
  • The timings and programme content are provisional and subject to change without notice.

Students attending FAIRS’23 will be very welcome to attend the AI-2023 conference and workshops, for which a special student rate is available. Full details are at