Young Researchers' Conference


Developing awareness among young engineers of the importance and potential of research in advancing structural engineering

The Young Researchers' Conference has brought together young, forward thinking researchers, along with industry professionals and academics for the past 20 years. Each year, a shortlist of young researchers is selected and invited to present their research to an audience of peers and industry professionals, with a chance to win a prize from a pot of £2000.

Delegates have the opportunity to network with other PhD researchers and those in industry and find out about the latest research happening in the field of structural engineering. Previous keynote speakers include Alan Champneys of University of Bristol and Dr Sarah Prichard of BuroHappold Engineering.

Those eligible to apply will be researcher's with fewer than five years research experience, including 2nd, 3rd, 4th year PhD students and 1st year post-doctoral researchers. Please note that applications from industrial researchers are welcome where the research has the potential for impact outside of the applicant's own company, with potential benefit to the wider structural engineering profession. 

The deadline to submit an application for the 2019 conference is 17:00 on Thursday 22 November 2018. Apply online.


  • 1st year PhD students are not required to submit a synopsis in order to attend the Young Researchers' Conference. Email us to register your interest and we'll let you know when booking opens.
  • Final year undergraduates and MSc students considering doing a PhD can also apply to attend the conference. This means you can network with PhD students; find out more about the experience of doing a PhD and see something of what research involves via the presentations.
  • Post-doctoral researchers can present their PhD work and any subsequent work if on the same subject. This recognises the fact that if your post-doctoral research is on a different subject to your PhD, you will not have done enough research on the new topic to present that at the conference.
  • When judging presentations on the day, post-doctoral researchers will be judged alongside PhD students. However, the extent of research experience will be taken into account to make the judging as fair as possible.

Read about the 2018 conference.

Winners of the 2018 Young Researchers' Conference

Oral category

First prize
Dorothy Winful, Brunel University London
Designing resistance against progressive collapse into framed structures.

Second prize
Joshua Mudie, University of Bristol
Continuous timber-concrete composites

Third prize
Nicolas Hadjipantelis, Imperial College London
Prestressed cold-formed steel beams

Winner of the inaugural Young Researchers' Conference, Australia: Mateo Gutierrez Gonzalez of The University of Queensland - "Design of fire safe bamboo structures".

Winner of the inaugural Young Researchers' Conference, China: Xuan-Ding Wang of Chongqing University - "Confinement model for circular tubed concrete columns".

All oral winners' presentations are available to watch on the Institution's YouTube channel


Poster category

First prize
Jack Denny, University of Southampton
Structural response of steel columns to long-duration blast loading – the influence of section orientation
Second prize
Elina Efthymiou, City, University of London
Cable-stayed bridges under spatially variable ground motions

Joint Third Prize
Robert Ataria, University of Manchester
Bending and shear behaviour of RC beams with two layers of different grades of concrete
Adeyanju Teslim-Balogun, Imperial College London
Effect of blast and travelling fire on steel structures


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