Loughborough Doctoral College

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Research conference

On 7th December 2017, the Doctoral College hosted the annual Loughborough University Research Conference (#LboroResConf17) for doctoral researchers, research staff, academic staff and professional service staff!

This extremely popular, multi-disciplinary and celebratory event provided all attendees with an excellent opportunity to network with one another whilst learning more about the vast range of research conducted at Loughborough University and Loughborough University London.

The theme of this year’s University Research Conference was ‘Building Research Excellence'. In total, there were 19 oral presentations and 41 poster presentations – we were highly impressed!

At the start of the conference, the Director of the Doctoral, Professor Andrew Dainty, provided a warm welcome to all attendees and outlined the conference programme as well as explaining the conference theme. 

The morning key note address was delivered by Dr Helen Turner, Director of Midlands Innovation. Dr Turner reflected on her career journey to date and highlighted the importance of collaboration for success.


Following Dr Turner's key note, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, Professor Steve Rothberg, shared what “Building Research Excellence” meant to the University and the key role doctoral researchers and research staff play towards this ongoing endeavour.

Professor Rotheberg then chaired an interesting panel discussion about “Energising research excellence at Loughborough” with Professor David Deacon, Professor Liz Stokoe, Dr Peter Kinnell, Dr Vicky Haines and Professor Chris Linton.

The afternoon plenary was delivered by Dr Ksenia Chmutina, who is one of the Vice-Chancellor’s Lecturers. Dr Chmutina gave an inspiring, energetic and candid account of her career experiences so far. She also provided a wide range of and shared a wide range of tops tips.

To conclude the conference, the winners of the oral and poster presentations were announced (details are provided below – well done all!) by Professor Dainty. He then reflected on the success of event and shared how impressed he was with the amount of high quality research conducted across the University. Professor Dainty also thanked everyone for attending and gave special appreciation to all contributors, particularly the presenters, exhibitors (Research Office, Enterprise Office, Pilkington Library, Loughborough Student’s Union, Careers Network, PGR Programme President Team, Centre of Faith and Spirituality, Energy Research Accelerator, Student Services) and the Doctoral College team for organising the event.

Oral Presentation Winners

  • Morning talk winner (£100): Nicolette Formosa ‘The Development of a Collision Avoidance System Algorithm to Enhance Safety?’ - School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

  • Morning talk runner-up (£50): Diana Mehta, ‘Decarbonisation of the energy system’ - School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Afternoon talk winner (£100): Leah Henrickson, ‘The Author in the Digital Age’ – School of Arts, English and Drama

  • Afternoon talk runner-up (£50): Beth McMurchie, ‘Finding Fingerprints in the Dark - School of Science

Posters Presentation Winners

  • Best poster (£150): Nicolette Formosa

  • Runner-up (£100): Penny Deligianni

  • Highly Commended (£50): Lampros Papadoulis

  • Delegates Choice (£100): Rhushabh Maugi

 More photographs coming soon via Twitter > #LboroResConf17