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 - call for organising committee members

We are seeking a number of enthusiastic and dynamic ECRs and PGRs to plan, organise and run the 2019 Doctoral College Conference that will take place on 9-10 July 2019 in the Austin Pierce Building at the University of Surrey. 

This conference is unique as it is organised by PGRs and ECRs, and showcases the work of our newer researcher community from all disciplines. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable transferrable skills and experience in a supportive environment that will enhance and compliment your academic achievements and employability. 

Feedback from previous conferences has been very positive:

“Being part of the DC Conference Organizing Committee was way beyond my expectations. I had the unique opportunity to meet and work closely with incredible people and developed relevant transferable skills that will definitely be instrumental for my future career. I would not hesitate to recommend PGRs, in any stage of their programme, to get involved.”

“Getting involved with the 2018 Doctoral College Conference Committee has been one of the highlights of my PhD so far. It was a great opportunity to gain new skills and meet people outside my own department, while giving something back to the PGR community.”

We welcome applications for the following Committee roles: Chair, Vice Chair, Finance Officer and Secretary, Programme Officer and Marketing & Communications Officer, as well as general committee members. 

View role descriptions.

Find out more

Attend an informal session

We will be running an informal information session on Wednesday 21 November from 2.30-3:30pm at the Networker Zone in the Doctoral College. 

This will give you the opportunity to find out more about what is involved and to ask any questions you may have.  Attendance is optional.

Email us

You can also contact us by email:

How to Apply

Complete the application form and return it to no later than 9am on Friday 30 November 2018.


Interviews will be held on Monday 10 December and Wednesday 12 December 2018.  It is also possible to arrange to have an interview by Skype.

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.

Contact us

Find us

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Doctoral College
Fifth Floor, University Library
University of Surrey