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PhD Conference

The Doctoral Academy PhD Conference is organised by students from the Doctoral Academy Graduate Society (DAGS).

The next PhD Conference will be held on 28 April 2022 in Barnes Wallis Building, North Campus. The event will take place from 9am to 5pm.

All PGRs are invited to submit an abstract for a talk, poster or both to present their work to students and staff across the whole Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. 

Networking opportunities throughout the day will allow our most promising early-career researchers to discover the breadth of postgraduate research taking place across the Faculty. It will also spark the sharing of ideas and building of new collaborations.

Themed oral presentation sessions will run in parallel throughout the day, allowing attendees to select those most relevant to them, while two poster session will be held throughout the day. Several companies sponsoring the conference will also advertise and promote their organisation, equipment and products.

Competitions and submissions

Every year, DAGS holds competitions for all PGRs in attendance at the annual conference. 

You can register and submit a 250-word abstract of your work. Please state your full name, year, research group and your department, and email it to The deadline for this is 8 April 2022.

All oral presentations and posters will be entered for competition. 

Keynote speaker

This year's keynote speaker will be Professor Daniel Davis, author and Professor of Immunology.

Previous keynote speakers have included Professor Sheena Cruickshank, Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Academic Lead for Public Engagement at Manchester, and Dr Giles Yeo, Geneticist from Cambridge University and star of the BBC Two programme Trust Me, I'm a Doctor.

Doctoral Academy Awards

The conference will conclude with the announcement of the winners of the Doctoral Academy Awards 2022.

More information on the awards will be displayed on the Awards page soon.