Doctoral College Conference

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

This annual two-day event is your chance to discover the research taking place at Surrey, connect with fellow researchers, and broaden horizons, and gain valuable skills to enhance research career.

New Horizons: Doctoral College Conference 2020

This year the conference is virtual and will take place via online platforms on 22-23 June 2020.

For the most up to date information about this year's conference please visit the dedicated website.

If you have any questions about the conference you can get in touch with the Doctoral College Conference Committee via

Past conferences

Download the abstracts for all oral and poster presentations

The theme for the 2019 conference was Bridging the Gap, and focused 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.

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

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

This 2019 Doctoral College Conference Committee was:

  • Claudia Davidson (Chair)
  • Lisa Pomford (Vice-Chair)
  • Maryamolsadat Mirhadizadeh (Programme Officer)
  • Dr Hannah Newman
  • Chelsea Dainton
  • David Gyorfi (Treasurer)
  • Timothy Chukwu
  • Tosan Edematie

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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