During the PACIS conference I had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting and famous IS researcher and to discuss about different research topics and findings. For example, it was the first time, I heard about the research field “Neuro IS”. Listening to a panel, where among others Associate Professor Jan Recker (QUT), Professor Jan vom Brocke (University of Liechtenstein), and senior lecturer Dr. Kai Riemer (University of Sydney) discussed about the potential research fields within the Neuro IS discipline, was a really interesting part of the conference.

Furthermore I had the opportunity to get informed about the differences between the PhD programs within different countries. Surprisingly, there are a lot of different cultural based types of PhD programs, all aiming on different results. The panel represented 4 countries (Australia, Taiwan, China, USA) and exposed the main ideas behind such programs. For me, as a german PhD student, without taking part in such a program, it was really exciting to get informed about the requirements and the challenges within such a program.