Festival of Postgraduate Research 2017 Round Up

Our inaugural Festival of Postgraduate Research was a huge success. Featuring work from almost 90 postgraduate researchers, and including three visiting keynote speakers, a research poster and photo display, and the finals of the Three Minute Thesis, this week long series of events brought staff and students together in a celebration of doctoral research. Thanks to everyone who helped, participated and attended. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re already starting to think about future plans and would love to hear people’s thoughts on this year’s programme. Check out the festival highlights below, and if you have a few moments to spare, please complete our brief survey.


Catch up on the festival highlights

Three Minute Thesis
Posters & Photos
Opposites Attract
Keynote Lectures
The Winners

Could our competing students explain their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes? Find out below and see who'll be going forward to the national 3MT semi-final.

Three Minute Thesis Final and video

 

 

 

Daire Cantillon: Bacteria as Building Blocks; Investigating the Role of Biofilms in Tuberculosis

Enormous congratulations to:

  • Daire Cantillon: winner of the Research Photo Competition (above)
  • Marta Falcinelli: winner of the Research Poster Competition (student)
  • Qiaoyi Wang: runner up of the Research Poster Competition (student)
  • Jenny Hassall: winner of the Research Poster Competition (staff)
  • Dr Matt Adams: runner up of the Research Poster Competition (staff)
  • Majed Al-Jefri: people's choice in the Research Poster Competition

Many thanks to all researchers who entered the competitions and to everyone who cast their votes in our online ballots.

View all the submissions:

Research Photo Competition

Research Poster Competition

Our Opposites Attract Collaboration Challenge teamed up research students from different disciplines and invited them to work on a project of their choosing. The winning team were awarded £500 in memory of Prof David Arnold, former Dean of the Doctoral College. 

Read about the three projects and find out who won!

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to welcome three guest speakers to the festival: Dr Patricia Fara (Cambridge), Prof Steve Fuller (Warwick) and Prof Matthew Weait (Portsmouth).

 

Watch the keynote lectures

 

 

Relive the festival via our Twitter Storify!

Please don’t forget to share your thoughts with us. Our survey should only take a few minutes to complete.

Festival of Postgraduate Research 2017: the winners

Winners photo
Back row (L-R): Daire Cantillon, Qiaoyi Wang, Marta Falcinelli, Lujain Mirza.
Front row (L-R): Katie McCallum, Majed Al-Jefri, Kate Monson

Congratulations to all competition winners in our inaugural Festival of Postgraduate Research! Along with your peers, you highlighted the wealth and diversity of exciting, important research being undertaken at Brighton and helped make our festival a resounding success. Thank you.

Enormous thanks too to everyone who participated in our festival, whether as presenter, competition entrant, organiser, online voter or member of the audience.

Winners of our four competitions are listed below. Click the names in the poster and photo competitions to view the winning submissions. To view all poster and photo entries, go here.

RESEARCH POSTER COMPETITION

RESEARCH STUDENT PRIZE
1st prize: Marta Falcinelli (School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences)
2nd prize: Qiaoyi Wang (School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences)

STAFF PRIZE
1st prize: Jenny Hassall (School of Health Sciences)
2nd prize: Dr Matt Adams (School of Applied Social Science)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE
Majed Al-Jefri (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics)

RESEARCH PHOTO COMPETITION

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE
1st prize: Daire Cantillon (BSMS)
2nd prize: Lujain Mirza (School of Media)

THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT) COMPETITION
1st prize (post-transfer) and entrance to the national 3MT semi-final heat: Lujain Mirza (School of Media)
1st prize (pre-transfer): Qiaoyi Wang (School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences)
People’s Choice Prize: Lujain Mirza (School of Media)

OPPOSITES ATTRACT COLLABORATION CHALLENGE
1st prize, in memory of Professor David Arnold: Majed Al-Jefri (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics), Katie McCallum (School of Humanities) and Kate Monson (School of Applied Social Science). Find out about the winning project here.

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We’ll be back shortly with more photographs and a fuller write up of the festival. Videos of the 3MT competition and keynote lectures will also be uploaded in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be bringing you a short survey too as we’re keen to receive feedback from as many people as possible to ensure next year’s festival is the best it can be. Stay tuned!

Schedule for the Festival of Postgraduate Research 2017

We have a fantastic programme of events lined up for our Festival of Postgraduate Research. Please check out the schedule and register for any bookable events you wish to attend. For many of our sessions, you can simply turn up on the day. You do not need to register for the whole week.

Workshops, panels and tours are aimed at doctoral students. All Brighton staff and students are welcome to join our other events. The three keynote lectures (booking required) are open to the general public.

The abstracts booklet for doctoral students’ work in progress presentations is here (PDF).

Doctoral students, if you are travelling to other campuses to attend festival events, keep hold of your receipts to reclaim travel costs. And don’t forget, for free, environmentally-friendly travel in the Brighton area, the Big Lemon operates a half-hourly service. Just show your unicard when boarding.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the diversity of doctoral research at Brighton, and we look forward to welcoming you in May!

 Monday 15 May, Falmer

 10.30-11.00  Opening of the festival! Tea and coffee  C218, Checkland
11.00-12.30 Keynote lecture: Dr Patricia Fara
A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in World War One
Book your free place (Eventbrite)
 C218, Checkland
13.30- 14.30 Early Career Researchers discussion panel
Graduates from Brighton Doctoral College return to talk about their career experiences beyond the PhD. Bring your questions!
 115, Mayfield House
14.30-15.30 Communicating with the Media
Join the university’s Senior Press Officer & Research Communications Officer for advice on communicating your research to the media.
 101, Mayfield House

Tuesday 16 May, Eastbourne

10.00- 12.30 Work in Progress Presentations (1)
Health Sciences; Sport & Service Management
 G5, Aldro
10.00- 12.30 Work in Progress Presentations (2)
Health Sciences; Sport & Service Management
 G2, Aldro
13.30- 15.00 Managing your Wellbeing as a Researcher 
Book your free place (PhD Manager)
 G2, Aldro
15.15- 16.30 Tours of Sport & Exercise Science Laboratories
Details and booking link.
 Welkin Laboratories

Wednesday 17 May, Falmer

10.00- 11.30 Planning your Career outside of Academia
Book your free place (PhD Manager)
 E512, Checkland
12.00- 13.00 Dare to do it differently: creative methods and gender and sexuality research
Dr Olu Jenzen and Dr Patricia Prieto Blanco lead this practical session on using a range of creative methods in your research. Book your free place (PhD Manager)
Creative Methods Laboratory (138, Mayfield)
13.00 Research Poster Competition opens
The poster competition will run until the close of the festival. Posters will also be viewable online.
Asa Briggs Foyer, Checkland
14.00- 15.30 Keynote lecture: Prof Steve Fuller
Do we really need more academic research? A hundred year update on Max Weber’s ‘Science as a Vocation’
Book your free place (Eventbrite)
 Asa Briggs Hall, Checkland
15.30- 16.00 Tea and coffee break  Asa Briggs Foyer, Checkland
16.00- 17.00

Three Minute Thesis live final!

Book your free place (Eventbrite)

 Asa Briggs Hall, Checkland
17.00- 18.30 Drinks reception
Includes announcement of 3MT winners at 6pm.
 Asa Briggs Foyer, Checkland

Thursday 18 May, Grand Parade and Moulsecoomb

11.00- 12.30 Work in Progress Presentations
Architecture & Design; Arts; Humanities; Media
 202, GP
13.30- 15.00 Managing your Wellbeing as a Researcher
Book your free place (PhD Manager)
 202, GP
10.30- 12.00 Managing your Wellbeing as a Researcher
Book your free place (PhD Manager)
 503, Watts
13.15- 14.15 Tours of the Vehicle Simulation Suites and Security Laboratory Gaming Session
Click above links for details and booking
 Cockcroft and Watts
14.30- 17.15 Work in Progress Presentations (1)
Brighton Business School; Environment & Technology; Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
 310, Watts
14.30- 17.30 Work in Progress Presentations (2)
Computing, Engineering & Mathematics
G30, Mithras House
18.30 Prof David Timson inaugural lecture
Protein shakes – why the mobility of biomolecules matters
Book your free place (Eventbrite)
 Huxley Lecture Theatre

Friday 19 May, Falmer

11.00- 12.45 Work in Progress Presentations (1)
Brighton & Sussex Medical School; Applied Social Science; Education; Health Sciences
 B503, Checkland
11.00- 12.45 Work in Progress Presentations (2)
Brighton & Sussex Medical School; Applied Social Science; Education; Health Sciences
B408, Checkland
14.00- 15.30 Keynote lecture: Prof Matthew Weait
Do you know who I am? Law, confession, and the ‘normal’ body
Book your free place (Eventbrite)
 C218, Checkland
15.45- 16.15 Opposites Attract Collaboration Challenge
Research output presentations and awarding of the David Arnold Memorial Prize.
 C218, Checkland
16.15- 16.45 Closing reception
Includes announcement of prize winners in the Research Poster and Research Photo competitions.
 Asa Briggs Foyer, Checkland

Wondering who has organised the programme? Meet the staff and students on the Festival Committee!

Want to tweet it from the rooftops? (We do!) The festival hashtag is #UoBPGR17