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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 20 March 2020 in Whitworth Hall.

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. 

PGRs are also invited to celebrate their hard work at the Post-DAGS Conference Social event funded by Anything but Research (AbR).

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 a poster session will be held over lunch. 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 200-word abstract of your work through our online form. The deadline for this is 8 March 2020.

All oral presentations and posters will be entered for competition. An optional lay abstract can also be submitted as an entry for our prize for public engagement.

There are also opportunities to enter our competitions for Science Photography and Science Communications with prizes for the winners.

Submissions for the Science Communication Essay Competition will be a 500-word essay on the theme 'Green impact and science' and will feature in the conference booklet.

If you would like to make a submission for the Lay Abstract, Science Communication or Photo Competition, please email with your entry.

Keynote speaker

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 2020.

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