Dr Cody Morris Paris, Deputy Director of Middlesex University Dubai, was recently invited to give a keynote talk at the PhD Workshop of the ENTER2016@Bilbao,Spain Conference on “eTourism: Empowering Places”. Organized by the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT), the 23rd Annual ENTER conference offered a global forum for attendees from academia, industry, government and other organizations to actively exchange, share, and challenge state of the art research and industrial case studies on the application of information and communication technologies to travel and tourism.
The ENTER PhD Workshop is a forum within the annual conference that provides doctoral students undertaking research related to Information and Communication Technology in Travel and Tourism to interactively discuss their research with peers, colleagues, and leading supervisors/scholars in the field.
During the ENTER2016 PhD Workshop, Dr. Cody Morris Paris gave a keynote titled “Surviving and Thriving during your early academic career,” which outlined some key recommendations to for early career academics. The keynote was well received, and complemented the other two eminent keynote speakers, Professor Ulrike Gretzel “Experimenting in/with Tourism Research” (University of Queensland Australia) and Iis Tussyadiah “Research Trends in eTourism” (Washington State University).
Cody is an active member of the IFITT community having attended annually the ENTER conference the last 8 years. He has served on the Scientific Committee of ENTER several years, and was the Research Co-Chair off the IFITT PhD Summer School in Helsinki, Finland in 2014. Reflecting upon this research community, Cody notes that “the IFITT community and the Annual Enter conference is unique as it not only provides a forum for leading innovative international IT and tourism research, engagement between industry, academia, & government, but also due to the sense of community and collegiality that has been built.”