Loughborough Doctoral College

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Loughborough University Research Conference 2019

Visibility and Impact

Save the date for our annual Research Conference! #LboroResConf19

The Doctoral College are pleased to announce that Loughborough University’s Annual Research Conference for Doctoral Researchers and Research Staff will take place on 26th November 2019 at the Sir Denis Rooke building, Holywell Park.

The conference theme this year is ‘Visibility and Impact’ and will feature:

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

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


To attend this highly popular, one-day, FREE event at Loughborough University please book via the Developmental Portal.  Research Staff will need to create an account prior to registration.

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 150-word (maximum) abstract via this online form by 4th November 2019. Your abstract must be written for a general, non-specialist audience.

The organising committee will select speakers based on the content and quality of abstracts. 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 audience's favourite talks!

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 form by 21st November 2019. Please also read the poster guidance below.

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 - it must pitched 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.

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 aids.

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.

The conference includes the opportunity to talk to a variety of people, professional services and organisations that can support you during your research and beyond.