Our aim is to provide postgraduate students and young professional researchers with an opportunity to present their work in a supportive environment. We also encourage them to establish links with other students, academics and professionals.


 Below is our programme of events for the 2021 conference.

Conference schedule (all times GMT)

9.30am: Conference opens
9.30am - 12:45pm: Keynote and parallel researcher sessions (oral presentations)
12:45pm - 1:30pm: Lunch break
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Networking with posters
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Optional workshops for skills for PGRs -- 12 July

2:00pm - 5:00pm: Can we achieve sustainable metals manufacturing -- 13 July

Workshops- 12 July

When you register, you will be asked to express interest in the proposed workshop themes so that we can judge demand.

All workshops will require separate registration on Eventbrite. Online workshop link will be sent by email upon registration on Eventbrite.

The details for workshops will be given to all delegates and will indicate the maximum capacity of 20 people. No 'certificate of attendance' for workshops will be given, they are intended for delegate enrichment, networking and enjoyment only.

'When EDI goes wrong' with Barry Wall, Polkadot Consultants

Barry is the founder of Polkadot Consultants and the EDI Lead It and Live It training program for academic staff and students. Barry has worked in recruitment, consultancy, organisational development and learning for many years. He emphasises the use of learning as a tool for personal and organisational success.

This workshop is guaranteed to provoke discussion around the subject of EDI as Barry Wall offers an insight into a hoax that captured thousand of scientists worldwide and led the EDI field to become a figure of ridicule for many. 

As well as offering the STEM community a chance to explore our shared humanity, EDI can morph to become DIE, a divisive field that uses clever tactics to trap the unwary in an ever downward spiral of identity politics, postmodernism and grievance mining.

Without a trigger warning in site, and certainly not a safe space, we dare you to come and learn about the “tinfoil hat” end of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion that has fooled many an academic mind. 

To facilitate two-way conversation, the workshop is open to maximum 20 attendees.

'Manage your PhD as a project' and 'Thriving through adversity' with Dr Lisa Cox, Life Compass

Lisa is an experienced Project Manager and Training Consultant with 25 years’ experience in scientific, management and training roles within the pharmaceutical sector. She has qualifications in Chemistry (D.Phil), Project Management (PMP) and Neurolinguistic Programming (Diploma). 

Lisa is an energetic, pragmatic individual with a reputation for leading popular, effective workshops with clear take-home messages and ‘quick win’ tools. She is leading two workshops during the conference.

Students will learn fundamental processes of project management, to manage scope, schedule, quality, risks and stakeholders.  By adopting this approach in their PhD project, students will improve the likelihood of completing their PhD in the desired timescale, with appropriate content and quality, and less stress. 

To facilitate two-way conversation, the workshop is open to maximum 20 attendees.

'Coping with Covid-19 impact and personal resilience' with Leni Robson, Unique To You

Leni Robson has 15 years in project and executive support within the NHS prior to qualifying as a celebrant and advanced certified grief recovery specialist. Away from work, Leni enjoys theatrical pursuits, leads a charity (Coffin Club Derby) and features on radio programs (typically when someone famous has died).

This workshop provides a skill set of techniques ('action steps') for resilience to manage the challenges brought to everyone by the COVID pandemic.

The session is appropriate to a range of experiences, including bereavement, redundancy, ill-health, and professional and/or social isolation, and has been successfully delivered to the public and private sector.

Managing a doctoral project in the aftermath of COVID needs more than advanced project management skills - it needs resilience and personal attributes that lie beyond Microsoft Project or a spreadsheet. Hence, this workshop is valuable for PGR students needing to get fully back into a research-progression and writing mindset. 

To facilitate two-way conversation, the workshop is open to maximum 20 attendees.

'Outreach masterclass' with Chris from 'The Naked Scientists'

Details to be confirmed

'Accessible academic writing skills' with Dr Claire O'Connell

Have you ever read a journal paper and struggled to stay focused after the first few sentences, wondering what points the authors were trying to get across in such laboured language? Or maybe while listening to someone’s conference presentation you have found yourself drifting off or even dangerously close to having a snooze? Of course researchers need to communicate their findings in standard and professional ways - the journal paper, the report for an industry partner, the conference presentation or poster - but why not inject a bit of life into it and come up with something more engaging?

In this workshop, we will explore ways of making the language that we use in papers and presentations more accessible, we will find and replace jargon and we will explore ways to creatively engage with our audience while keeping to high standards of academic rigour and quality. Participants are encouraged to take part in practical and exercises using their own research.

The workshop moderator, Claire, is a science writer with more than 25 years of experience communicating about scientific and technical research in journals, media, books and outreach. Before doing her Masters in Science Communication, she was a scientist, she has a PhD in cell biology and has worked as a post-doc around the globe. This means she knows something about lab life and how incredibly precious those hard-won results are, and she also knows how important it is to make research topics, issues and findings relatable to audiences. 

To facilitate two-way conversation, the workshop is open to maximum of 20 attendees.

'Can we achieve sustainable metals manufacturing' -13 July

2: 00 - 3:15 PM - Sustainable Manufacturing for Nett Zero - Student ideas

This interactive session, led by Dr Daniel Cogswell and supported by professional engineers representing a wide range of metals manufacturing sectors will discuss ideas and challenges for manufacturing companies in reaching Nett Zero. Delegates will be asked to work together to consider the immediate and long-term challenges faced by metal processing and ceramic processing companies to make the adaptations and changes required for this critical global goal.

Bio -Dr Daniel Cogswell has recently started a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship at the University of Sheffield, researching how to standardise and take advantage of digital material property information in supporting better design, processing and materials selection for high integrity applications. Daniel spent the first stage of his career focussed on improving and estimating the mechanical properties of steels used in nuclear steam raising plants. Daniel has worked closely with UK metal suppliers on linking up research activities, supporting studentships and joint programmes. Looking to add more weight to subjective judgements common in property estimation, Daniel also has an interest in Statistics.
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Sustainable Manufacturing for Nett Zero - Industry ideas

Following on from the earlier session, a panel of professional engineers representing a wide range of metals manufacturing sectors will provide their thoughts on how metal manufacturing can support a better tomorrow. The panel member will be given an opportunity to share how their company is addressing sustainability and Nett Zero. There will be an opportunity for delegates to put questions to the panel. [panel members TBC]


Proposed session themes

  • Alloy development and processing
  • Modelling and characterisation
  • Manufacturing and recycling
  • Materials for energy, transport and the environment
  • Materials for life science and health
  • Microstructural analysis
  • Surface engineering
  • Corrosion

Poster presentations

You will need to provide a poster as a PDF file and a 'slideshow' video that is three to four minutes duration, containing a voiceover to explain your poster. We recommend using the record feature in Powerpoint to create your video, but other software is available.

Poster presentations will be given 'live' by the authors in the poster section of the session you nominate, with a short opportunity for Q&A from delegates. Poster PDFs and videos will also be made available on the conference website for delegates to view at any time.

There will be a prize for the best poster, voted by delegates, at the end of the poster session. If you are unable to present live in the session you must let us know in advance. 

Oral presentations

You will need to provide your presentation as Powerpoint or PDF file and a 'slideshow' video that is maximum 15 minutes duration with voiceover. We recommend using the record feature in Powerpoint to create your video, but other software is available.

Presentations will be given 'live' by the authors in the session you nominate, with a short opportunity for Q&A from delegates. The video presentations will be made available on the conference website for delegates to view at any time.

There will be a prize for the best presentation, voted by delegates, at the end of the session. If you are unable to present live in the session you must let us know in advance.

Networking sessions

We will have a networking session after the lunch break each day, for 30 minutes.

The conference software (Acadiate) allows delegates to login in advance of the conference to update their own virtual business card. You can add documents you wish to make available to other delegates (for example, any published papers, or your photo), your research theme tags (so that other delegates can identify your areas of interest) and a link to your own online meeting room (your personal preference, whatever you have access to yourself) - and indicate when you will be available to chat.

We will ask all the presenters from the morning sessions to be available for the networking session, or you can contact them separately to arrange an online chat at a time to suit you. 


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