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PGR Winter Conference

PGR Winter Conference

University of Bedfordshire Research Graduate School Annual Conference

1st February 2017, Campus Centre, Luton 10.00am-3.30pm

Conference Theme: Creativity in Research

Epstein (2008) identifies one of the things that can be done to develop creativity is to “surround yourself with interesting things and people”. The aim of this conference is to help ;postgraduate research students to do just that, while also thinking about the nature of creativity in research itself. The Research Graduate School invites conference contributions from PGR students (interesting people!) who wish to share their work (interesting things!) in a number of ways:

Student Presentations

Present your work (15 minutes + 5 minutes for Q and A)

Submitted proposals will be reviewed

(recommended for students whose projects are at an advanced stage)

Pecha Kucha

The new face of conference presentation! 20 slides, 20 seconds each, no delays!

Can you present an aspect of your project (or even the whole thing) in under 7 minutes?

(contributions welcome from students at any stage in their studies)

Poster Presentations

Prepare a poster describing your project or presenting findings

(posters welcome from students at any stage in their studies)

We particularly welcome contributions that explore or exemplify creativity - in relation to engagement strategies; data collection; analysis; the use of theories and models; prototyping; evaluation; representation and communication … and in other ways too. Support will be provided in developing presentations, Pecha Kucha and posters.

Key Dates


Presentation Submission Open

9 Dec 2016

Presentation Submission Closes

13 Jan 2017

Notification to Participate in Pecha Kucha

20 Jan 2017

Notification of Poster Presentation

20 Jan 2017

Feedback on Presentations

20 Jan 2017

Presentations and Pecha Kucha uploaded

28 Jan 2017

Also Featuring!

Presentations from some of our very creative research staff.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Elizabeth Bishop (University of Essex) “Researching the Lifecourse”

Instructions for Submission


  • You will need to upload a 300 word abstract of your presentation via Turnitin (a link will be provided in the RGS Breo Site) on the form that will be in the site. The deadline for submission will be 13th January. This will need to be approved by your DoS. Abstracts should explain the context of the work, what will be presented (remember that you will be presenting to a general, cross-disciplinary audience), and whether there are specific aspects that are creative, or how your work exemplifies creativity in research.
  • Accepted presentations will be notified by 20th January. Submissions that are not successful will be offered the chance to present a Pecha Kucha or poster.
  • You will then need to upload your presentation (Powerpoint/PDF/Prezi etc) by the 28th January – again through Turnitin.
  • Presenters will have 15 minutes to speak followed by 5 minute for Q and A. Timings will be rigorously enforced!

Pecha Kucha

  • You can find information about Pecha Kucha here: www.pechakucha.org There is a good deal of information online about the format and idea but this is a good start: cmmr.usc.edu/Pecha_Kucha_TipsResourcesExamples.pdf. There are templates and instructions online, and a simple 20-slide template will also be made available through the RGS BREO site.
  • You will need to notify the conference team (again, through the RGS BREO site) of your intention to participate by 20th January so that the session can be organised.
  • You will need to upload the slides for your Pecha Kucha by end of business 28th January – there is no time for fiddling around with data sticks in a Pecha Kucha!


  • You are invited to present your project, or a specific aspect of it, as a A0 poster.
  • Again, you will need to notify the conference team (again, by submitting an abstract through the RGS BREO site) of your intention to participate by 20th January so that the poster display can be organised. You will be assigned a spot in the display and should arrive early at the conference to mount your poster.
  • You may wish to bring supplementary materials (A4 ‘mini-posters’ or papers) for audience members to take away.

Alternative Formats

  • Feedback from the 2016 conference suggested that some students may wish to present their work as a demonstration rather than (or as well as) as a paper-based poster. You will have an opportunity to indicate this on the poster submission form. If you want to do something very unusual (and creative) please contact the conference team at the email address below.


  • The LRC and RGS will be running sessions during January on poster, Pecha Kucha and presentation design. Please watch for announcements of the dates and locations of these; they will also appear in the RGS training calendar.
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