Loughborough Doctoral College

Training and events

Research conference

Every year we hold our research conference for doctoral researchers, research staff and academic staff.

We are pleased to announce that Loughborough University’s Annual Research Conference for Doctoral Researchers and Research Staff will take place on 7th December 2017 at the Sir Denis Rooke building, Holywell Park.

The conference theme this year is ‘Building Research Excellence’ and will feature:

  • Doctoral Research and Research Staff Talks with cash prizes
  • Poster Competition with cash prizes
  • Networking lunch

More information including key note speakers, conference programme and exhibitors will soon follow!

Book your place

Book your place to attend this highly popular, one-day, FREE event at Loughborough University.

Researcher Talks

Loughborough researchers are invited to deliver a five-minute talk at the conference outlining their current research and its excellence.

To be eligible to be selected to talk, you should submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract that is written for a general, non-specialist audience. Please send abstracts to doctoralcollege@lboro.ac.uk by midday 22nd November 2017. The organising committee will select speakers based on the content and quality of abstracts and successful speakers will be informed at the earliest convenience.

In addition to formal judging, at the conference, delegates will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite talk. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the conference for the two best talks!

Poster Competition

Loughborough researchers are invited to create and present a conference poster that outlines their current research giving emphasis to building research excellence.

To registered your intention to submit a poster please complete this brief online survey by 30th November 2017.

We would welcome any pdf copies of posters prior to or after the conference.

Award categories and cash prizes for the poster competition include:

  • Best poster - £150
  • Runner-up - £100
  • Highly Commended - £50
  • Delegates Choice - £100

You must bring your poster on the morning of the conference between 9.00am and 10.00am to display it.All poster entrants will be invited to stand by their poster for a 1-hour period during the networking lunch break.  This will give an opportunity for delegates and the judges to ask questions about your research. You may find it helpful to prepare a short elevator style pitch prior to the conference to explain your poster – remember it must be for a general, non-specialist audience.

In addition to formal judging, at the conference, delegates will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the conference.

For information on how to create an effective poster please read our conference poster guidelines below. In addition, the Doctoral College will be running the ‘Making an Impact with Posters’ workshop in Graduate House - please hit the link to check availability.

Conference poster guidelines

  1. Posters size should be either A1 (portrait/landscape) or A0 (portrait only).
  2. Posters should be able to clearly communicate research without the author present.
  3. Posters should include:
    •     A short, catchy, title.
    •     Names of authors and their affiliated institutions.
    •     Funding attributions (if applicable).
    •    High resolution logos (as appropriate).
  4. Posters should be designed with a non-specialist audience in mind. Avoid using technical jargon to allow those from different disciplines to understand and engage with your research.
  5. Posters should take no longer than 5 minutes for someone to read. Posters are not journal articles. Keep text concise and avoid lengthy paragraphs.
  6. Posters should have a logical flow of information to allow the reader to navigate content with ease. Use headings/numbers/arrows etc. as visual aid.
  7. Posters should be visual appealing. Use colour, font and images appropriately and ensure a balance of text, figures and space.
  8. Posters should be clear and easy to read. Font size must be readable from approximately 1 metre away and there should be a high contrast between text and background.
  9. Figures (if used) should be easily interpretable, clearly labelled and of high resolution.
  10. Images (if used) should complement the subject matter, be of high resolution and free to use. If you don’t own an image, check the exclusive rights to its use and distribution.
  11. References should be used sparingly. Cite key concepts and not details.


Our conference includes the opportunity to talk to a variety of people, professional services and organisations that can support you during your research and beyond. More information on confirmed exhibitors will be provided in due course.


The conference programme will be provided in due course.