Doctoral College Conference

The University of Surrey Doctoral College Conference 2018 will take place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July, in the Austin Pearce Building.

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

This 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.

Breaking New Ground

The theme for this year’s conference is Breaking New Ground. The event will showcase 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 will also consider the potential for groundbreaking interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

Call for papers

We welcome and encourage abstract submissions from PGRs and ECRs in all disciplines, at any stage in your research career, on the theme of Breaking New Ground. Abstracts are a short description of what you would like to present, either as an oral presentation or a poster. 

The deadline for abstract submissions has now been extended to Friday 16 March 2018​.

Full guidelines for abstract submission: Image removed. CFP guidelines 2018.pdf

Submit an abstract: Online abstract submission portal

Volunteering opportunities

The conference committee is seeking volunteers to get involved with the 2018 conference. This is your chance to support Surrey’s research community, expand your network, and gain new skills and experience to enhance your CV.

We are looking for people to assist with planning the conference, and to help out during the event. Specific opportunities for ECRs include reviewing abstracts, judging conference competitions, chairing conference sessions, or speaking at the conference.

For more details please email

Doctoral College Conference Committee

The Doctoral College Conference is organised by a committee drawn from the PGR and ECR community. To contact the committee please email

Register today

Registrations for the 2018 Doctoral College Conference are now open. 

There will be funding available to support a small number of international participants - details will be made available shortly.

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