Loughborough Doctoral College

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Loughborough University Research Conference 2018

The Agile Researcher

The Doctoral College are pleased to announce that Loughborough University’s Annual Research Conference for Doctoral Researchers and Research Staff will take place on 13th November 2018 at the Sir Denis Rooke building, Holywell Park.

The conference will feature:

  • Doctoral Researcher and Research Staff talks with cash prizes
  • Poster competition with cash prizes
  • Networking lunch

This year we have two keynote speakers.  The morning keynote speaker is Fulbright Scholar Dr Enid Montague, who is visiting Loughborough’s Design School from DePaul University in Chicago, USA.  Enid researches human factors and human-computer interactions in health care systems; she will also talk about the benefits and opportunities that come from being a Fulbright Scholar. 

Our afternoon keynote speaker is Dr Suzie Imber from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.  Suzie’s research examines the interaction of the solar wind with the magnetic fields of Earth and Mercury, which leads to such phenomena as the aurora borealis.  Suzie has previously worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and also won the 2017 BBC2 series “Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?”.

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

The deadline to apply for the talks has now passed.  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 best 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 short online form form by 8th November 2018.

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.

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.

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Research Conference Programme 2018
Registration opens   9:00am
Introduction Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor and President 9:30am
  Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) 9:45am
Keynote Dr Enid Montague - "My academic career so far and the benefits of being a Fulbright Scholar" 10:00am
Break and Poster viewing   10:40am
Parallel Breakout Session 1 A: Research Fellowships (Stephenson Lecture Theatre) 11:00am
  B: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (Brunel/Murdoch)  
  C: Five Minute Researcher Talks (Turing)  
Networking Lunch and Poster Session Posters 12:20 - 1:10pm) 12:00pm
Parallel Breakout Session 2 D: Finding Funding to Support your Studies (Stephenson Lecture Theatre) 1:15pm
  E: Career Adaptability for Research Staff (Brunel/Murdoch)  
  F: Inspiring Researchers (Turing)  
Parallel Breakout Session 3 G: The Enterprising Researcher (Stephenson Lecture Theatre) 2:15pm
  H: Careers (DRs) (Brunel/Murdoch)  
  I: Five Minute Researcher Talks (Turing)  
Break   3:15pm
Keynote Dr Suzie Umber, University of Leeds - "Adventures in Space" 3:30pm
Closing address and prizes Professor Elizabeth Peel, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Doctoral College) 4:20pm
End   4:30pm