Graduate Research Conference

Interdisciplinary conference giving graduate students an opportunity to enhance skills relevant to their research and career development.

The U21 Graduate Research Conference was held from 2008 until 2015. From 2016 a pilot activity to develop Graduate Research Project Grants will run instead.

One of the main aims of the conference was to provide attendees with an opportunity to develop a range of skills relevant to the research process. Delegates often gave a short talk, but also presented their work as a poster which provided the focus for one-to-one and small group discussion in specific poster sessions. This allowed in-depth exploration of the topics and also gave important opportunities to develop communication skills. Attendees were also encouraged to produce short articles about their research which are reviewed by other participants before the final editing. This provided an experience of the peer review process, assessing the quality of other people’s writing before publication, which underpins academic publication. Guest speakers and experts on the conference's theme were also invited, contributing to the thought-provoking and stimulating events.

The themes for the conferences were deliberately general, allowing graduate students from a broad range of disciplines to come together to shed light on new ways of thinking about the topic in question.


  • 2015, Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Digital Futures
  • 2014, University of Auckland: Ageing
  • 2013, University College Dublin: Energy
  • 2011, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus: Food
  • 2009, Universities of Melbourne and Queensland: Sustainable Cities
  • 2008, University of Birmingham: Water
For more information contact:
Dr Christina Mellor, RE Cluster Manager