The Annual Social Science Symposium 5th May 2017: Call for papers

We are now beginning preparations for the annual Social Science Postgraduate Symposium.  This will be held on 5th May 2017 in the Claus Moser Building.  We invite abstracts to present a paper or a poster or both.  There will also be a 3-minute thesis competition.

Both postgraduate (PG) taught and research students from the Social Sciences are welcome to present.  Abstracts are welcomed on any aspect of your research, regardless of the stage you are currently at.

Our deadline for receiving your abstract and/or 3-minute thesis application is 10th April 2017.

We will provide feedback by 20th April 2017.

Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Posters can be submitted at any size suitable for the project. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers on the posters.  This will be on the agenda for the symposium.

Abstracts for presentations or posters should be about 200 words.

3-Minute Thesis Competition: Your thesis title and slide should be submitted by the deadline.  We will timetable 3 minute slots for the symposium.  A member of staff and 2 students (chosen on the day) will be appointed as judges.

Approximately two weeks before the symposium day we will hold a 3-minute thesis practice heat at a date and time to be arranged.  Feedback will be given and this may be used to select the final competitors for the symposium.

Why should I present at this Symposium?

This event gives you the opportunity to

  • gain experience in presenting your research in a friendly, receptive environment, before presenting at external conferences.
  • share ideas, experiences and guidance.
  • receive constructive feedback on your research.
  • build your confidence of presenting in front of an academic audience.
  • draw on perspectives and feedback from outside of your main academic discipline.
  • advertise your research to the rest of the Social Science community at Keele
  • learn about the research of other PG students.
  • network and discuss your research.

Why should I present a poster or enter the 3-minute thesis competition?

  • all of the above.
  • designing a poster or presenting your thesis in 3 minutes brings focus to your research thinking.
  • skill-building for national competitions.

All abstracts, applications and enquiries should be sent to :-

Stephen Meachem –  

All applications should be labelled with your name, centre affiliation, presentation type (poster and/or paper and/or 3-minute thesis), email address and proposed title. In the case of a 3-minute thesis application your slide should also be submitted.

Abstracts and applications will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent out to the email address you have submitted.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and/or 3-minute thesis applications by the deadline: 10th April 2017.

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