University of Leeds Student Sustainability Conference 2018: Shaping the Future

The University of Leeds’ second Student Sustainability Conference will be taking place on Thursday 8th February, 2018. The overarching theme for this year is ‘Shaping the Future’, bringing students, staff, businesses and members of the public together to experience the diversity of Undergraduate and Postgraduate work which reflect aspects of positive social, economic and environmental development.

The conference is open for all to attend. University of Leeds students from all schools and faculties, from Undergraduate to PhD level, are welcome to apply to present their work. Please click the ‘applications’ box below, or take a look at last year’s conference to see what unfolded!

Building from last years conference, this is an event not to be missed; an opportunity to experience the latest sustainability research and projects taking place at Leeds, to network, collaborate and develop meaningful contacts, and broaden your insight of disciplines and the challenges they face in a changing world. Expect to see updates from local projects on campus as part of the Living Lab programme, research taking place across the Leeds city region, and wider international sustainability projects having impacts across the globe.

For more information please visit the Conference Webpage.

Student Conference on Sustainable Futures 2017


In February 2017, Leeds University will be hosting its first Student Conference on Sustainable Futures. This unique opportunity, open to Leeds students at any level, from all disciplines, will showcase research, projects and creativity which aligns with the conference theme – Sustainable Perspectives on Future Challenges. This might include innovative work in carbon reduction or urban development, challenges in healthcare, social equality, policy and governance, international trade, sustainable energy, the circular economy, food security or any topic which has a positive impact in society.

The conference will consist of a poster exhibition in Parkinson Court, along with oral presentations taking place in morning and afternoon sessions. Projects which take the form of a music, dance, spoken word performance, art installation or practical demonstration will also be hosted in suitable locations throughout the day.

For more information on the conference programme, CLICK HERE
To register to attend, CLICK HERE 

Student Conference on Sustainable Futures 2017


Check out the Conference Report 2017



“I really liked the mix of students and staff coming together.”

                                      “It was great to see so many different, forward looking perspectives!”

“Whoever organised the food deserves a medal! x3”

                                      “Great presentations and excellent discussions. I feel inspired. Thank you!  

A huge thank you to all the student presenters and delegates who attended the conference! It was fantastic to see such a diverse turn out, and we look forward to continuing the conversations and the future conferences to come.


Conference FAQs


When is the Student Sustainability Conference?
The conference will be taking place on Thursday 8th February 2018. 

Where is it taking place?
The conference is being held across Parkinson Court, Baines Wing and The Great Hall. All rooms are wheelchair accessible and will be sign posted on the day. Once submissions are confirmed, room information will be published in the delegate handbook, available on the main conference page.

Who is the conference for?
The conference is aimed at all who have an interest in sustainability and innovative ideas on how we shape an environmentally, socially and economically positive society. Students are invited to present their curricular projects or research at the conference, but we also invite non-presenting students, staff and members of the public to attend! Registration will be made live once student presenters are confirmed (early December).

What will the conference be about?
The multi-disciplinary event covers a broad spectrum of topics from biodiversity, climate change and food security to social equality, policy and economic challenges, and urban development. A delegate handbook will be produced detailing the subject areas that students research will be covering.

What are the benefits of presenting my work?

  • Verbal and visual presentation experience
  • Experience in communicating your work to a non- specialist audience
  • Chance to network, spark discussions, collaborate and broaden your insight.
  • Awards for best oral, poster and performance presentations.
  • Its free! 

I want to apply to present my work. Where do I start?
Read our entry and submission guidelines and decide on how your work would be best presented at the conference. All presenters, aside from those submitting art pieces or performances, are asked to create an academic poster, but you also have the opportunity to do a 10 minute oral presentation too! The next step is to then complete our application form and send it to before Midnight, Sunday 3rd December. 

How do I know if my research aligns with the conference theme?
Projects will be accepted on the basis of having some element of positive benefit to the future sustainability of society. Sustainability is a broad, cross-disciplinary subject and so the vast majority of submissions will qualify. Take a look at last year’s submissions to see how diverse projects can be. 

What format will the oral presentations take?
Students will have 10 minutes to present their work to a non-specialist audience using accompanying slides if they wish (Powerpoint, PDF, Prezi etc). This will then be followed by ten minutes of questions and discussions. Please read the entry and submission guidelines for more information.

I have never done an oral presentation before, where can I go for advice?
Take a look at Skills@Library’s useful information on presentation practice and delivery.

What is the cost to attend?
The conference is free to attend for both presenters and delegates.

Will lunch be provided?
A vegan buffet lunch will be served for all presenters and delegates on the day.