2018 SWDTP Conference: “Beyond Research: Society, Collaboration and Impact”

Date: Wednesday 14th November
Location: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol

Call for Abstracts

This year’s SWDTP Conference will focus on the role of research within wider society.
Emphasising the impact of research, we aim to consider the relationships built between participants, with stakeholders and partners. This conference is held in a period when, as well as navigating our own paths through research, we are increasingly expected and motivated to prove the worth and impact of our work.Set within Brunel’s SS Great Britain, with all the splendour and shame of Bristol’s history, the conference approaches the core questions of why we are engaged in research and who our research is for.

We seek to explore the relationship between our research and the wider community, looking at ways in which we develop collaborations with policy makers, industry, public and private enterprises, and the third sector. We will also explore our own participation while conducting research and will discuss issues of personal and professional development.

There are three conference streams:

  • Research & Society – Collaboration & Application
    • How and why do we make links and create collaborations with non-university partners? What are the ethical challenges arising from this? What methods and skills are needed or useful? How do we create and engage the community in research? How can we place our research in its wider societal context?
  • The Efficient Researcher
    • How do we thrive when in rough waters and uncertain terrain? How can we foster personal & professional development? How do we manage the supervisor/supervisee relationship? How can we effectively communicate our research to diverse audiences?
  • What Next?
    • What’s next for research as an endeavour and academia as its frame? How will collaborative work develop or change? What are the different paths you can take once the PhD is printed & bound?

We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations from postgraduate social science students from any discipline and pathway, and at any stage of the research process.

We strongly encourage you to interpret the conference themes broadly. Use the prompts to consider how they may apply to your work and experiences, but we welcome any contribution which you feel speaks to the themes above.

The SWDTP conference is an excellent opportunity to explore your ideas and present at a conference in a supportive environment with fellow postgraduate students.

Abstracts must be no longer than 400 words and submitted using the online form found here. All applications for oral presentations should be submitted by Wednesday 1st August 2018.

There will also be the opportunity to display a poster about your research. Please see guidance below for posters and timelines. All presenters must have registered to attend the conference.

Follow updates on the conference on Twitter @swdtpconference. If you have any questions you can contact us on swdtpannualconference2018@gmail.com

We cannot wait to hear from you.

The SWDTP conference team.

Additional Information:

  1. Submissions for Presentation

Presentations should be 10 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers with the discussants and audience.
Submissions can be made collaboratively (with more than one speaker) but are subject to the same time restraints.

  1. Posters

Posters should be A1 in size. They will be displayed throughout the day and prizes will be awarded at the end of the conference.
Poster judging criteria:

  • Clarity of design.
  • Accessible explanation of research suitable for non-specialist audiences.
  • Interpretation of conference themes.
  1. Timeline
  • The deadline for submission of presentations abstracts is Tuesday 1st August.
  • There is no deadline for the submission of poster presentations.
  • Successful presenters will be notified at the end of August.

We welcome submissions from all students. If you have accessibility or additional requirements relevant to presenting or attending, please include details in your submission form.