SWDTP Conference 2018 – Beyond Research: Society, Collaboration & Impact


Date: 14th November 2018

Time: 10:00 – 19:00

Location: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol


Please note registration is now closed and the conference is sold out! 

If you have a ticket but are no longer able to attend please contact: swdtpannualconference2018@gmail.com so your place can be released to the waiting list.


Registration for this year’s SWDTP Student Conference is now closed and has completely sold out. It has been extremely popular this year so apologies if you have missed the boat.

We are delighted to be able to share the downloadable programme for the day.

Want to find out more about our keynote speakers? Check out our Keynote profiles page!

Not only are there some fantastic speakers lined up, but there will also be a chance to explore the historic ship during the day, as well as a free evening reception after the event. The SWDTP Student Conference is created for students, by students and offers a safe-space for researchers to gain experience in writing and assessing applications as well as delivering workshops.

The deadline for submitting an abstract has now passed, however there is no deadline for submitting a poster to our poster competition!

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.

Conference Themes:

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?