Loughborough Doctoral College

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Loughborough University Research Conference 2018

The Agile Researcher

On 13th November 2018, the Doctoral College hosted the 10th Annual Loughborough University Research Conference (#LboroResConf18) for Doctoral Researchers and Research 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 across the University.

The theme of this year’s University Research Conference was ‘The Agile Researcher' through which we explored throughout the day how researchers can be flexible and seek out a range of opportunities to enhance their research and future careers.

At the start of the conference, the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Robert Allison, provided a warm welcome to all attendees and outlined the important contribution researchers make to the institution. Following this, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, Professor Steve Rothberg, provided a candid account of his research career to date and shared what it means to be an agile researcher.

The morning keynote speaker was Fulbright Scholar Dr Enid Montague, who is visiting Loughborough’s Design School from DePaul University in Chicago, USA.  Enid spoke about the benefits and opportunities that have come from being a Fulbright Scholar as well as other opportunities that she has embraced during the course of her research career.

Our afternoon keynote speaker was Dr Suzie Imber from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.  Suzie has previously worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and she won the 2017 BBC2 series “Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?”. During Suzie’s presentation she talked about how she has engaged in a wide array of opportunities throughout her career to date as well as how she has combined her work with outside interests (including sports and mountaineering); something which has opened up new and exciting avenues in her research.

A large proportion of the conference was focused on shining the spotlight on the work of our current doctoral researchers and research staff. In this regard, 18 researchers were selected to present a five-minute snapshot of their research and 66 researchers displayed poster presentations (our largest conference poster display yet!). In addition, in the ‘Inspiring Researcher’ session, there was the chance to hear from four researchers who have undertaken activities beyond those directly required by their research project.

To mark the end of the conference, the winners of the oral and poster presentations were announced (details are provided below – well done all!) by the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Doctoral College), Professor Elizabeth Peel. Professor Peel then reflected on the success of event and shared how impressed she was with the amount of high-quality research conducted across the University.

Finally, Professor Peel 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): Ciara Sugrue - ‘Are plants fortune tellers?’ - School of Social Sciences (Geography)
  • Morning talk runner-up (£50): Callie Merrick - ‘Human wetness perception’- Loughborough Design School
  • Afternoon talk winner (£100): Chris McLeod - ‘You can’t eat that now!’ – School of Sport, Exerise and Health Sciences
  • Afternoon talk runner-up (£50): Zahra Rezaie-Yazdi – 'An alternative to antibiotics' - School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Posters Presentation Winners

  • Best poster (£150): Cansu Bahar Masera - School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
  • Runner-up (£100): Diana Mehta – School of Science (Chemistry)
  • Highly Commended (£50): Dan Wright – School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
  • Delegates Choice (£100): Tan Xiyuan – School of Arts, English and Drama

SAVE THE DATE: Our Annual Research Conference is 26th November 2019! Details on how to book will be provided in due course.