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PhD Day
When: Wednesday, 21 September 2022 | 14.00 - 18.30
Where: Events Hall, The American College of Greece

The PhD Day includes two different Seminars, primarily but not exclusively meant for (PhD) students and young professionals. Participation is free of charge and open to all conference attendees.
Please note that you must be registered as a conference participant if you wish to take part in the PhD day. Let us know if you wish to attend, by sending an email to writing "Participation in the PhD Day" in the Subject line.

Seminar 1: Online energy market trends and drivers
Time: 14.00 - 16.00

Presenter: Konstantinos Tsagarakis, Professor of Economics of Environmental Science and Technology in the Department of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete

Assist for the lab: George Tsironis, Ph.D. Candidate, Democritus University of Thrace

The main objective of this section is to benefit from looking into readily available data shared in LinkedIn in energy related company profiles. There will be demonstration on how data can be collected and scrap profiles based on keyword and filter search. The company data that will be delivered will be, among others, size of the company (expressed in personnel), industry involved, specialties (activities), number of followers, description, headquarters, etc. Participants will gain theoretical experience in data collection and handling with the aim to produce regional analysis reports and scientific publications.

For exercise purposes, pre-collected datasets will be made available to the participants so the analysis to be followed will be a guided step-by-step procedure. Then, there will be a hands on practical data mining and evaluation part that will guide and assist participants to collect information on entrepreneurial activity in LinkedIn on topics from countries and regions they have experience.

Coffee break
Time: 16.00 - 16.30

Seminar 2: Exploring public interest trends in energy topics using Google search traffic data
Time: 16.30 - 18.30 

Presenter: Amaryllis Mavragani, PhD Researcher, University of Stirling

Analysis demonstration: Theodoros Daglis, Post-Doctoral Researcher, National Technical University of Athens

The main objective of this session is to investigate the EU public interest in energy topics using Google Trends, an open tool provided by Google that mainly shows what was and is trending. Up to this point, Google Trends data have been employed in several research fields and topics, mainly in health and medicine, economics, politics, and the environment. A Worldwide and US analysis will also provide ground for further comparison of public perceptions towards the topic. The team will then further assist the participants with performing country-specific analyses and presentations.

At first, a concise overview of Google Trends will be presented, along with representative examples of how online search traffic data have been previously employed in similar approaches. Visual time series analyses at EU level will be performed, using Google Trends data on specific geothermal energy keywords, topics, and languages.

Following the theoretical presentation, a hands on exercise that will guide and assist participants to gain more in-depth skills in correctly defining the parameters and retrieving online data will be provided be the team. This will also assist the participants in better understanding the approaches and tools that can be employed in order to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze such data.