As a side event of 30th International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF2023) – Organizational Committee of ISUF 2023 invites international doctoral students to take part in the “ISUF 2023 PhD Talks″ that will take place on 4th of September previous to the ISUF 2023 conference that will be held in Belgrade (Serbia) between 5th and 7th of September 2023.

The “ISUF 2023 PhD Talks″ take as its starting point a broad and interdisciplinary approach related to the field of Urban Morphology and should bring together PhD students in the final stage of doctoral thesis. In a form of PechaKucha (20 slides – 20 seconds each) followed by plenary discussion, students shall present their research and exchange their experience in shaping doctoral theses with prominent researchers from the field of Urban Morphology. Furthermore, in the discussion with invited critics, participants will gain in in depth and fresh reflection on their research, with the goal of taking the right path towards the successful finalization of their doctoral thesis.

Additionally this event will provide insight into “J. W. R. Whitehand Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Urban Morphology” awarded for the first time in 2022 and established as biennial event. Having in mind that the second call for this prize is planned for the beginning of 2024, “ISUF 2023 PhD Talks″ provides a good opportunity for potential candidates to improve their research following three basic postulates of J. W. R. Whitehand’s own work in the study of urban form – innovation, quality and rigour.

The “ISUF 2023 PhD Talks″ is international and open to all doctoral students, we welcome participants addressing various topics and questions in the field of Urban Morphology. We invite all interested PhD candidates to participate following the application procedure.


All interested candidates shall apply by completing online form (consisting of thesis abstract, motivation letter and short biography).

The abstract shall include a presentation of the research process showing the selection process and the topic, the structure of the research, the applied methodology, the relation between the beginning and the foreseen end of the research. The abstract must not exceed 500 words. Motivation letter and biography must not exceed 300 words each. All field in the online form should be filled in English. Applicants must be registered as current PhD students at the time of application.

The deadline for online application is June 30st, 2023. All applications will go through review process and eight most prospective candidates will be selected. 

There is no participation fee. The participants themselves bear the costs of accommodation and travel. PhD students whose research abstract have already been selected for participation in ISUF 2023 conference are also encouraged to apply.

After the review process, the confirmation of acceptance will be sent to eight selected participants no later than July 15st, 2023 by email.

Upon acceptance, participants should prepare PechaKucha presentation in English, which will be followed by a discussion with the invited critics and other participants. More instructions for presentations will follow with the notification of acceptance.