PGR conference seeks contributions

White Rose Doctoral Training CentreContributions and registrations of interest are invited to the 2016 Environment and Sustainability Pathway Postgraduate Conference, which is being sponsored by the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.

The one day event aims to bring together researchers from the broad range of disciplines that make up the Environment and Sustainability pathway. It 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.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, 7 June in the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment. It is free and 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. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.

In addition to presentations from senior researchers, postgraduate students are invited to deliver a short talk on the research impacts of their work. This is not a mandatory requirement for attending the conference; the intention for these presentations is for students to use them to practice their presentation skills.

The impact agenda

Research Councils UK 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

The event will be used 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.

Contributions are invited 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

All students attending the conference are also invited 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

Schedule for applications and notification

The deadline for abstract submission and registration of interest for poster session is Friday, 11 March at 5pm.

Abstracts, registrations of interest and enquiries should be sent to

Further information

Session outlines, a list of senior speakers and details on how to register for the conference will be announced in due course. Follow @WR_EandS_Conf for more updates on the conference and more.