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Postgraduate Research Handbook

AMBS Doctoral Conference

AMBS Doctoral Conference

The AMBS Doctoral Conference forms a key part of the first year PhD Research Training Programme (RTP)

The Conference takes place each year in May and is attended by AMBS Research students, academic colleagues and Alumni members.

The conference is designed to give you the opportunity to present and gain feedback on your research from an interested audience. The conference also gives you the opportunity to attend presentations and workshops delivered by some of the School’s leading researchers and external experts.

Attendance and Presentation

Attendance at the Conference is compulsory for all 1st year PhD students (or second year part time students) to submit an abstract and to present their research at the conference.

MRes and MPhil students in year 1 are also encouraged to attend and present if they wish.

All PGR students at more advanced stages of their study are invited to attend, present and/or volunteer to act as a discussant during student presentation sessions.

At the start of Semester 2, you will receive more information about the Conference via email, including draft programme, detail on compulsory and optional workshops and further guidance on writing an abstract.

Preparatory workshops/resources

A Briefing Session for 1st year students is normally scheduled in late January/early February. This session includes tips on writing abstracts for Conferences and the expectations ahead of your  AMBS Doctoral Conference presentation.

View the 2017-18 Conference Briefing Slides.

Watch presentations of the prize-winning Best Doctoral Papers

You can view a copy of the 2016-17 AMBS Research Conference programme, including abstracts, here.

Presentation Slides from some of our speakers at the 2016-17 AMBS Research Conference are available below:

Keynote Address - "Building the New Academic" (Professor Gibson Burrell)

Workshop - "Framing your Contribution for Maximum Impact: A Case Study" (Professor Gerard P. Hodgkinson)

Presentations from previous years' speakers are available below:

Keynote Address - "Peer Review and Its Discontents" (Professor Jo Brewis)

Workshop - "A Real-Life Experience of Doing a PhD" (Dr. Sally Randles)

Plenary - "What is (Good) Research?" (Dr. Jorge Gomes)

Submitting your Abstract

When preparing your Abstract, please follow these Guidelines.

Your Abstract must be produced on the Abstract Form and submitted to by 12pm on Monday 9th April 2018.


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