The Doctoral College’s first academic year culminated with the inaugural Doctoral College Conference. Taking place over two days in July, the conference celebrated the amazing contribution our PGRs and ECRs make to the University. We enjoyed many inspiring presentations and posters with Hannah Whitmore (Chemistry) and Dr Ian Philips (Biosciences and Medicine) deserving special mention for winning the judges’ best presentation and poster prizes. We were also treated to a lively ‘Thesis in a Nutshell’ competition - our congratulations go to the winner Dr Sebastian Bartos – and three thought-provoking keynotes from Professor Matt Leach, Dr Kirsty Lohman and Professor Sue Lanham-New. An interesting talking-point from the conference was Yaron Shyldkrot’s immersive Overcast performance.
The conference provided an opportune moment to celebrate the wonderful work our supervisors do in supporting PGRs. This year’s winner of the ‘supervisor of the year’ competition was Professor Jane Ogden with Professor Dulcie Mulholland receiving a commendation. It is a testament to Jane’s dedication to her PGRs that she asked us to spend the prize money on her researchers so that they could attend a conference. We were also pleased to be able to add an international flavour to the conference by opening it to international researchers from Santander partner universities.
The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Uniting Research Cultures’. We hope that the conference went some way to bringing our researchers together, strengthening ties and opening up opportunities for new friendships and collaborations.
Feedback has been very positive:
“I liked the opportunity to listen to people who are enthusiastic about their research in subjects about which I know nothing! Also, the opportunity to meet people whose research does have some connection with my own. I really enjoyed the wide variety of topics and the opportunity to meet researchers from across the university. It made me feel a part of the university's research community beyond my own department”
‘‘Thank you for all your hard work. I was really impressed by the professionalism and atmosphere of the conference. It felt much more interdisciplinary than previous years. Having the ECR community in there as well really changes the dynamic in a positive way. Fantastic.’’
We think you will agree that the Organising Committee did an excellent job of making this year’s conference such a success.
We hope that all this has whetted your appetite for the 2018 conference, which will take place on 3rd & 4th July 2018. Please save those dates in your diary and keep a look out on the Doctoral College Conference webpage for further updates and a call for Organising Committee volunteers.