Festival of Postgraduate Research Programme 2019

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Huxley foyer: registration, refreshments, stalls, poster and photo competitions, Bake your Thesis
Huxley 300 (lecture theatre): talks, demos and presentations

Festival Programme

10.30-12.00: Pre-festival workshop for doctoral students
Creating and Raising your Research Profile
Advanced Engineering, G2, Moulsecoomb
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11.30-13.00: Profile-photo drop in
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Huxley foyer

12.30-13.00: Festival registration

Check out the research poster and photo competition submissions, and visit our stands to find out about The Brilliant Club, Digital Storytelling and more.

13.00-13.20: Welcome address from Prof Andrew Church and Opposites Attract presentation
The Opposites Attract Collaborative Challenge pairs up doctoral students from different disciplines and challenges them to work on a project of their own design for eight weeks. This year’s participants present their outputs and reflections on the project.

13.20-13.50: Lightning talks

  • COREs: find out about the work of some of the university’s Centres of Research and Enterprise Excellence (COREs) and how they support doctoral students
  • Pure: find out about Pure, the university’s new research information management system and profile platform, and how it can help doctoral students raise their research profile

13.50-14.30: The Three Minute Thesis
Introduced by Prof Tara Dean
In this nail-biting festival highlight, doctoral students take on the challenge of presenting their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only slide. Audience members are invited to vote for their favourite presenter during the mid-afternoon break with winners announced at the festival’s closing reception.

14.30-15.00: Break

Refreshments, 3MT audience voting and the reveal of this year’s Bake your Thesis submissions!

15.00-15.45: Lightning Talks on the theme of Public Engagement

  • The Brilliant Club:: Dr Cathy Mansfield from The Brilliant Club, a charity that places PhD tutors in state schools through their Scholars Programme, explains how you can participate and introduces Esther Omotola Ayoola, one of Brighton’s PhD tutors.
  • CUPP: Dave Wolff, director of the university’s Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP), discusses the benefits of the programme for community organisations and researchers, and explains how to get involved
  • Digital Storytelling: Isobel Creed, Research Communications Officer, discusses how digital storytelling can be used as a tool to help doctoral students hone and communicate their research project
  • A PhD student’s perspective: Tochukwu Ozulumba, PhD student in PaBS and our 3MT People’s Choice winner in 2018, reveals why and how she seeks to engage the wider public in her research

15.45-16.45 Doctoral inaugural mini-lectures
Three recent doctoral graduates return to present their research:
Dr Jonathan Dale: The evolution of the sediment regime in coastal saltmarsh restoration schemes
Dr Louisa BuckGreek Mythology and the British political cartoon: a classical reception approach to the case study of Sisyphus
Dr Will Abbott: Monitoring and prescription of GPS training load in elite academy soccer athletes

16.45-18.00: Drinks reception and prize giving