Young Researchers’ Conference 2019

How to apply

Deadline extended - submit your application by 17:00 GMT on Thursday 22 November 2018.

To apply just fill out the online application form and upload your 1000 word synopsis and supporting evidence by 17:00 GMT on 22 November 2018.

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Extended to 17:00 on Thursday 22 November 2018



Researchers in academia or industry with fewer than five years' research experience, such as:
  • PhD students (from 2nd year students onwards)
  • Academic or industry researchers with up to one year of post-doctoral experience

Entry format

When completing the submission form, you will be asked to upload your synopsis as a word doc file or PDF. You can also provide two images (optional) related to your project. (Please note: all images should be high-resolution at 300 dpi.)

Please save all documents in the following format:
  • Word doc or PDF: firstname_surname_synopsistitle
  • Images: firstname_surname_image1
See Guidance Notes for further details on how to format your application.


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


Read about the 2018 conference.


Am I eligible to present my research?

You are eligible to apply if you are currently engaged in research and will have more than one and fewer than five years' research experience at the date of the conference, 13 March 2019. 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, 13 March 2019.

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.

Please note: applicants are usually expected to be under 35 years of age.

Those who have already given an oral presentation at a previous Young Researchers' Conference are not eligible to present their research at this conference. Those who have previously given a poster presentation at the Young Researchers' Conference may apply to deliver an oral presentation, but are not eligible to present a second poster presentation.

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

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to either:

  • Deliver a 10 minute presentation and take five minutes of questions from the audience (possibly including the judges). All presentations will be recorded for later release as a webinar
  • Present a poster of their research to the judges in a strict five minute time slot and take questions from the judges for an additional five minutes. Poster presenters are also required to make themselves available during the 30 minute poster session after lunch to chat informally to delegates about their research. Poster will need to remain on display until 18:00.

How do I apply?

Apply using the online form . You will need to submit a two page synopsis of the project you wish to present. The synopsis must be prepared according to the guidelines so that it can be included in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be distributed to delegates on the day and will be made available online after the conference.

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?

The deadline to apply for the 2019 conference has been extended to 17:00 on Thursday 22 November 2018.

How will presenters be selected?

How will presentations be judged?

Judges will be looking for research quality, the ability to communicate and to answer questions.

What can I win?

Cash prizes will be awarded for both the oral and poster category from a £1000 pot, with prizes typically being: First prize - £250, Second prize - £150 and Third prize - £100.

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 to attend. Travel grants of up to £60 are available for eligible PhD students who applied to present their work. Please note: 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 about whether they have been chosen to present their work by the end of January 2019.

If a travel grant has been applied for, 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 are not required.

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.

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