Poster Day shines spotlight on Faculty research


The strength and breadth of research underway in the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Science was highlighted at its recent Graduate School Poster Day. 

Postgraduate research students from across the Faculty’s seven departments presented their research in poster form at the exciting new event, held in the Octagon at the end of April.

In addition to showcasing the excellent Faculty of Science research, the event aimed to increase awareness amongst students and staff of the wide range of research being carried out and to encourage interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration across the Faculty.

The poster day was also an excellent opportunity to develop the confidence of these enthusiastic PhD students in communicating their work to researchers from other scientific disciplines.

The event concluded with awards for the best posters, as assessed by a cross-faculty panel of judges. With nearly 200 posters to assess, the judges were clearly impressed with the standard of posters as well as the communication skills shown by the students.

One of the judges, Dr David Williams, Postgraduate Tutor in the Department of Chemistry, was delighted with what he had seen. “I enjoyed the Poster Day and having a chance to see what goes on in other Departments. The fact that our students presented their posters outside of their respective Departments gave them a sense that learning clear scientific communication is an important part of their PhD.”

Dr Mark Blades from the Department of Psychology, said of the event, “The poster day was an excellent event and I have had lots of positive feedback from the Psychology presenters. It has inspired a couple of my students to commit to submitting papers and posters to external conferences."

Dr Andrew Furley, Director of the Faculty of Science Graduate School, said of the event, “We are working at a time when undertaking research across disciplines is becoming increasingly important as a means of tackling the world’s most complex challenges as effectively as possible. It is, therefore, vital that our postgraduate researchers learn the skills that will enable them to work across disciplinary boundaries and such events provide an opportunity to recognise the importance of effective communication.”

Poster prize winners
Outstanding Poster Special Mention
Guillermo Hamity Physics & Astronomy Viral Panchal Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Emma Curran Animal & Plant Sciences Christopher Price Biomedical Science
Vian Mohammad Animal & Plant Sciences Ileana Arce Acosta Animal & Plant Sciences
Jonathon Coates Biomedical Science Martin Dyer Physics & Astronomy
Becky Arnold Physics & Astronomy Simon Fairbanks Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Rhianan Beal Psychology Thomas Neal Chemistry
Sam Dix Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Marion Tout Animal & Plant Sciences
Alec Johns Chemistry Rosie Jarrald Chemistry
Daniel Wood Animal & Plant Sciences James Bishop Physics & Astronomy
Eoin Murphy Maths & Statistics Samantha Linton Psychology

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