Keele Postgraduate Conference 2021

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Online via Microsoft Teams

Welcome to the Institute’s sixth postgraduate conference, in conjunction with our colleagues in the Keele Doctoral Academy (KDA).  As ever, the conference represents a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic range and diversity of postgraduate work in the University.

Date: Tuesday 8th June 2021
Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams
Call for abstracts deadline: Wednesday 12th May

The conference, in its brand new virtual format, includes a Poster competition with gallery and online voting, along with the Keele Three Minute Thesis competition, with prizes announced on the day, a panel discussion and various break-out sessions.

The conference is a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic range and diversity of postgraduate work in the University. Now more than ever, it's important we stay connected as a research community and share what makes us great!

Just a few reasons to take part:

  • The opportunity to communicate your research in an accessible and inspiring way to an informed but non-specialist audience
  • Gain valuable experience in sharing your work beyond your field
  • Free and open to all postgraduate students
  • Competitions and prizes
  • Support friends and colleagues
  • Take part in the Three Minute Thesis competition and set yourself a challenge of presenting your doctoral research in an inspiring and engaging way, using just one slide, in just 3 minutes.
  • Get your name and abstract in the conference handbook

For staff and students who wish to simply attend the event virtually and support colleagues, please register here.

The deadline for abstracts for all competitions is Wednesday 12 May 2021 by 5.00pm.

You can get some inspiration from last November's conference by viewing the Posters here and videos of the Three Minute Thesis entrants here.

To register to take part in the Poster competition, please click on the button below.

Poster Competition

The challenge is to communicate your work in an accessible and inspiring way to an informed, but non-specialist audience. Projects should be presented as posters and you are encouraged to share your work in progress with a focus on effective and engaging communication.

Your submission should include your entry title and abstract, both of which should be written with a lay audience in mind. Your abstract should be a single paragraph, no longer than 200 words and you should clearly draw out the relevance of your research, highlighting why it is important and interesting to someone who is not a specialist in your area.

You should submit your poster entry as a PDF to ilas@keele.ac.uk.

View last year's poster entrants here.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Can you tell us about your doctoral research in an inspiring and engaging way, using just one slide, in just 3 minutes?

This competition will serve as a practise run for postgraduates wanting to compete in the 2021 national Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

The competition challenges you to present a compelling spoken presentation on your research topic to entertain and inform an academic, but non-specialist audience. Being able to present your research to an audience who knows little or nothing about your area of study is an important skill that all researchers need to develop. Taking part in the Three Minute Thesis competition will provide you with valuable experience of explaining your research and its significance in an accessible and engaging way. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries. 

Watch videos of last year's competition entrants here.