Young Researchers' Conference 2017

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

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Young Researchers' Conference 2017 oral and poster presentations:

  Oral presentation
Poster presentation
Public vote
First place

Yidu Bu
Imperial College London
Helen Fairclough
University of Sheffield
Andri Setiawan
Imperial College London
Second place

Will Hawkins
University of Bath
Stavros Kasinos
Loughborough University
Third place

Andri Setiawan
Imperial College London
Giuseppe Del Gobbo
University of Oxford

Read about all the projects in The Young Researchers' Conference 2017 Proceedings.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to present my research?

Yes, if you are currently engaged in research and will have more than one and less than five years research experience at the date of the conference, 5 April 2017. This means that eligible presenters will normally be 2nd, 3rd or 4th year PhD students or 1st year post-doctoral researchers.   Postgraduate researchers who are not registered for a PhD are still eligible to present their work if they have between one and five years research experience at the date of the conference, 5 April 2017.   Researchers based in industry are welcome to apply if their research has the potential for impact outside of the applicant's own company with potential benefit to the wider structural engineering profession.   Note that applicants are usually expected to be under 35 years of age.

What style presentation will I need to give at the conference?

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to either:

  • Deliver a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation and take questions from the audience (including the judges) during a discussion session shared with other presenters (approx. 5 mins of questions per presenter)
  • Present a poster of their research to the judges in a strict 5 minute time slot and then afterwards to take questions from the judges for 5 minutes. Poster presenters are also required to make themselves available during the poster session after lunch to chat informally to delegates about their research.

How do I apply?

There is an on-line form for those applying to present their work. This requires a two-page synopsis of the researchers’ project to be submitted. The synopsis must be prepared according to the guidelines so that it can be included in the Conference Proceedings that will be distributed to delegates on the day and be made available on-line after the event.

I have already completed my PhD, what should I present?

If your post-doctoral research is extending your PhD work then you are advised to present your PhD and subsequent research.

If your post-doctoral research is on a different subject to your PhD then you are advised to present your PhD work. This recognises the fact that you will not have done enough research on the new topic by the time of the conference to present on that subject.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications to present at the conference must be in by Friday 2 December 2016.

How will presenters be selected?

The Institution’s Research Panel will review all submitted synopses and will select presenters based on the following criteria:

  • quality of research
  • novelty of subject
  • clarity with which the research is communicated.
 There will be 8 oral presenters and 16 poster presenter. Generally the more experienced researchers are offered the oral places and the less experienced researchers are given the poster places.


What can I win?

Prizes will be awarded for both the oral and poster category from a £2000 pot. First prize winners will receive an iPad and 2nd and 3rd prize-winners will receive a cash sum.

There will also be a People’s Award prize decided by the audience for the most interesting oral presentation.

What will it cost me to attend?

The conference is free for young researchers. Travel grants up to £60 are available for eligible PhD students who applied to present their work. Note that travel grants may not cover the full cost of fares and priority will be given to students travelling the furthest to London.

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be notified whether they have been chosen to present their work by the end of January 2017.

If a travel grant has been applied for then the outcome of this will be notified at the same time.

I am not ready or eligible to present my research, can I still come?

Yes. Registration for non-presenting places at the conference will open in early February. Current PhD students and first year post-doctoral researchers can attend. Synopses will not be required to be submitted.

Final year undergraduates and MSc students who are considering undertaking a PhD are encouraged to register to attend the conference so that they can find out first hand from current PhD students what a PhD would involve.

There will also be a limited number of places for lecturers, academics and practising engineers to attend. Look out for notices from February onwards inviting registration.


If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Events Team

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