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White Rose Social Science DTC postgraduate conference

June 7, 2016


Please note the deadline for abstract submission and registration of interest for the poster session is Friday 11 March at 17:00

Dear postgraduate student,

We are pleased to invite contributions and registrations of interest to the 2016 Environment and Sustainability Pathway Postgraduate Conference, sponsored by the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. This one day event aims to bring together researchers from the broad range of disciplines that make up the Environment and Sustainability pathway.  The conference will feature talks from senior research staff studying a broad variety of topics in a number of different contexts including government agencies, NGOs, academia and the commercial sector.

This event is free and is open to all postgraduate research students in the Environment and Sustainability field from any department at the Universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds. Free buses will be provided between the Universities of York and Sheffield and the conference, which will be held in School of Earth and Environment in the University of Leeds. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.

In addition to presentations from senior researchers, we are also inviting postgraduate students to deliver a short talk on the research impacts of their work. This is not a mandatory requirement for attending the conference; our intention for these presentations is for students to use them to practice their presentation skills. Details of how to submit an abstract for your talk are provided below.

The impact agenda

Research Councils UK (RCUK) defines research impact as ‘the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy’. Demonstrating impact is a key skill for a career in research and an ability to design research which delivers impact is vital to secure funding. Employability however is not the sole, or even primary, reason researchers strive for their work to have impact. Research which delivers tangible results is critical to addressing the pressing sustainability challenges arising from global environmental change.

Aim and call for contributions

We intend to use this event to generate discussion and share experiences of what is meant by impact in the Environment and Sustainability field, who and what is being affected, how impact might be achieved and the challenges researchers face in delivering research with impact.

We invite contributions from postgraduate researchers on the broad theme of how their work might ‘turn research into action’. It is an opportunity for early-stage researchers to present their work in a supportive and constructive environment and reflect upon the impact their research might achieve.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include:

  • Your name and contact details (email address)
  • A title for your presentation
  • A brief description of your research
  • A short discussion of the potential impacts
  • 5 keywords related to your topic


Each speaker will be allocated ten minutes to speak within a small-group workshop format. Speakers will be allocated to sessions based upon the themes which emerge from the abstracts.

Poster competition

We are also inviting all students attending the conference to participate in a poster competition. The content of your poster should demonstrate some aspect of your work such as your research design, early results or otherwise. Any inclusion of the research impacts of your work in your poster is entirely optional. There will be a vote and prize awarded for the best poster.

If you would like to participate in the poster session, please register your interest at the email address below.

Schedule for applications and notification

The deadline for abstract submission and registration of interest for poster session is Friday 11 March at 17:00. Information on how to register to attend the conference will follow at a later date.

Abstracts, registrations of interest and enquiries should be sent to: WR-EandS@leeds.ac.uk

Session outlines, a list of senior speakers and details on how to register for the conference will be announced in due course via email and in the April edition of DTC Matters. Follow us on twitter @WR_EandS_Conf for more updates on the conference and more!


June 7, 2016


White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.


University of Leeds campus