Postgraduate research conference: call for abstracts



Call for Abstracts

Postgraduate researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and other universities are invited to take part in the 9th Manchester Metropolitan Postgraduate Research Conference: ‘CHANGING LIVES’, which will take place on February 22, 2017 at The Union building of Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

Manchester Metropolitan Postgraduate Research Conference 2017 focuses on CHANGING LIVES. In our contemporary globalizing and trans-local world, the borders and boundaries are dissolving and our lives are changing in various ways. Our conference seeks to look into the ways of how the lives of individuals as well as groups, communities and organisations are in constant flux and change. We as researchers can study, document and analyse that change, but we also can and will change lives with our research. We, the next generation scholars and scientists, are promoting positive change by coming up with inspiring discoveries and creative solutions for the people and communities we are studying to benefit. The conference is multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary, and we call for abstracts from all the disciplines from science and engineering to social sciences and humanities to art and design to reflect on the topic of changing lives. We welcome variety of presentation formats, including oral presentations, posters, performances and art installations.

The closing date for submissions is December 1st 2016 and participants will be notified if they have been accepted by 20th January 2017.

The organisers welcome papers within the scope of the following areas:

  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health, Psychology and Social Care
  • Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
  • Art and Design
  • Music and Musicology
  • Science and Engineering
  • Apparel
  • Tourism Management
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies


The opening keynote speech of the conference will be given by Dr Sam Illingworth (MMU). He completed his PhD in atmospheric physics in 2010 at the University of Leicester. He then spent 2 years in Japan as a Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation scholar, where he investigated how theatrical technique can be used to develop effective science communication skills. After returning to the UK, he joined the University of Manchester, where as well as measuring methane and other greenhouse gases from airborne platforms, he spent a large amount of time developing outreach activities throughout the Greater Manchester area, before taking up his current post as a lecturer in science communication at MMU.


The conference serves as a platform for finding new ideas and disseminating them to a wider audience. The conference offers added value as presenters will receive a personal feedback report compiled from comments from the judging panel and the audience. We are also offering to film students’ presentations so that they can reflect on their performance later. (This will not be shared without the student’s permission).  Prizes will also be awarded for best oral and poster presentations as well as for the installation.


Supportive environment

This exciting conference event will provide a supportive environment for postgraduate researchers where they can receive significant and useful feedback on their work.


  • Presentation practice
  • Personal feedback report to each presenter after the conference
  • Gain experience presenting to an academic audience
  • Articulating research to a general audience
  • Communicating research to a wider audience beyond the immediate discipline
  • Conversations, insights, networking and broadened perspective
  • Feedback on focused and general questions
  • Seeing standards of research across multiple disciplines
  • Prizes for best presentations
  • It is FREE!

The conference will take place at The Union building of Manchester Metropolitan University (21 Higher Cambridge St, Manchester, M15 6AD, UK) on February 22, 2017.

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Key Dates:

  • Call for abstracts – 1 August 2016
  • Abstract Deadline – 1 December 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance – 20 January 2017
  • MMU Postgraduate Research Conference – 22 February 2017

Presentation formats:

The MMU conference welcomes a variety of presentation formats. We ask you to present your work in a way that is accessible to the wider audience outside of your immediate subject area in order to facilitate dialogue between different disciplines.

Please see below for guidance on each but this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, so if you have a suitable alternative, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the team and we can discuss it further.

Oral Presentation

The oral presentations will be presented in themed parallel sessions. Presenters will be allocated 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.


Posters are an effective way of communicating research visually so it is advisable that they contain a mixture of graphics and text. Posters should be A1 in size, either portrait or landscape orientation. They will be displayed throughout the conference and there will be a designated space where delegates and presenters can network and discuss their research comfortably.


This mode covers all performance related abstracts including dance, music, creative writing etc. Note that the space allocated for the performances is roughly 10m x 2m so please bear this in mind when submitting your abstract.

Art Installation

The pieces of art will be displayed throughout the conference. Presenters are advised to be besides their exhibition to discuss their pieces with delegates during lunch and refreshment breaks and must be with their art installation when the panel decides on prizes at the end of the conference

Submission Guidance and Formatting


Delegates should submit an abstract in .doc, .docx or .rtf format (no more than 250 words exclusive of the title, names, institution and references). The abstract should indicate how your submission meets the conference theme of changing lives. It must be presented in black print and set in font Calibri or Times New Roman, 12. See the abstract submission form at the end of this call for abstracts.

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Please make sure that the author’s name(s), institution, and the title are entered correctly so they are not missed out or spelt incorrectly in the programme and proceedings.

Your paper can be analysing your data, be purely theoretical or can focus on methodologies. When writing your abstract you may wish to consider ensuring that certain points are covered:

  • The aims and objectives of your research;
  • The methods used;
  • The findings;
  • The conclusions, implications and possible impact of this particular piece of research.

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