School of Science


26 Jun 2017

Research and Enterprise celebrated at annual conference

Last week (June 20) saw the annual Science Matters conference, the School conference for postgraduate researchers.  Talks by PhD researchers were supplemented by presentations from Phil Moriarty (University of Nottingham) and Marios Karouzos (Nature). 

Their presentations into research impact and publication strategy gave way to an entertaining panel discussion.  A number of prizes were also given to the student presenters, and to the poster winners (see below). 

Steve Christie, AD(R), said: "The standard of presentations and posters was very high and highlighted the breadth of research that goes on across the School.  This year the conference was for the most part organised by the students themselves.  Special thanks therefore to Kieran Bjergstrom and his team for organising such a successful event this year."  

Federica Buriani, winner of the 2nd year poster prize, said: “Great day! It was exciting to be there with many researchers presenting a wide range of topics. Communicating ideas and listening to the others is always a good way to guide and stimulate research and innovation. Interesting talks from Prof. Moriarty and Dr. Karouzos. Excellent organisation of all the staff involved.” 

Hayder Al-Saedi, winner of the 3rd year poster prize, said: "It was an honour to take part in the conference and meet researchers from different departments and I enjoyed watching the activities. I am glad to win the third year poster prize."

Matthew Tranter, winner of the best oral presentation, added: "Science Matters provides a great opportunity to present your research to an audience outside your own field, which is good practice for either your first major conference or an upcoming important presentation. It also provides great networking opportunities within the School."

The event also saw the School Research and Enterprise Awards presented, and these are also highlighted below.

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the event.

Oral presentation

  • Winner - Matthew Tranter (Maths)


  • 1st Year winner– Lily Hunnisett (Chemistry)
  • 2nd Year winner -  Federica Buriani (Mathematical Sciences)
  • 3rd/4th year winner – Hayder Al-Saedi (Mathematical Sciences)


Staff Research Prizes:

  • Most helpful peer reviewer/mentor: Matthew Inglis
  • Most striking research collaboration: Hamid Ahmadinezhad; Paul Roach (for their separate work on securing mini-CDTs)
  • Most effective outreach: Top of the bench team (for running the Royal Society of Chemistry national competition in Chemistry)
  • Most helpful advisor from the Research or Enterprise Office: Chris Malins (Research Office) 


Staff Enterprise Prizes:

  • Best Newcomer to Research Impact Generation: Boris Chesca
  • Best Effort in Research-related Enterprise: Jim Reynolds
  • Best Effort in Teaching Related Enterprise: Ian Jones
  • Most Helpful Advisor in Enterprise: Fiona Read (Enterprise Office)