Doctoral College Conference

The Doctoral College Conference is the flagship event for the University’s postgraduate (PGR) and early career researcher (ECR) community.

This annual two-day event is your chance to discover the research taking place at Surrey, meet your fellow researchers, and broaden your horizons, gaining valuable skills to enhance your career. It is an opportunity to gain experience of an academic conference, within a familiar and supportive environment.

2019 Doctoral College Conference

Full conference programme now available!

Download the abstracts for all oral and poster presentations.


Presenting – Connecting – Networking – Collaborating

Planning is fully underway for this year’s Doctoral College Conference! This unique flagship event is organised by and specifically for PGRs and ECRs -- and that means YOU!

The theme for this year’s  conference is Bridging the Gap, and so will focus on research that

  • fills the knowledge gap by pushing boundaries, shifting paradigm and  challenging perceptions
  • connects theory and practice in creative and innovative  ways
  • bridges the divide between disciplines in thought-provoking explorations
  • fosters partnership through networking and collaboration
  • reaches out to inform, shape and influence the world beyond academia

But, the conference will be about more than just the showcasing of research. It will also be about connecting researchers, fields of study, disciplines and research strategies -- formally through themed presentations, and informally during supporting events.

There will be a lively interactive networking session hosted by the Institute of Directors,  a wine reception for more relaxed conversations, and the Networking Dinner, enlivened by another entertaining performance from The Bright Club.

 New to the programme this year are workshops aimed at bridging the gap between first and final years of the PhD program and another looking at bridging the gap between completing the PhD and world that lies beyond it. 

 There are many ways you can be part of this exciting event. You can

  • Attend the conference to hear, share, connect and network
  • Submit a proposal for an oral or poster presentation
  • Participate in the Elevator Pitch Competition
  • Take part in the Bright Club performance
  • Volunteer your skills and talents to the committee
  • All of the above!


We’d love you to join us



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This year’s Doctoral College Conference Committee is

Claudia Davidson (Chair)

Lisa Pomford (Vice-Chair)

Maryamolsadat Mirhadizadeh (Programme Officer)

Dr. Hannah Newman

Chelsea Dainton

David Gyorfi (Treasurer)

Timothy Chukwu

Tosan Edematie

Past conferences

The 2018 conference was held on 3 and 4 July 2018, with the theme Breaking New Ground.

The event showcased the many ways in which PGRs and ECRs across the University are breaking new ground with their research. This could be by challenging a previous research paradigm, trialling a new methodology, or exploring a new subject area. The conference also considered the potential for ground-breaking interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

The programme featured oral presentations and posters by PGRs and ECRs from the University’s three faculties, plus participants from international partner universities. There were also keynote speeches, workshops, social and networking events, and an Elevator Pitch competition.

Download the 2018 conference programme or view abstracts from 2018 presentations and posters.

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