Symposium 2021

Key Deadlines
About
What Do I Need to Do?
Registration and Presentation Applications
Abstract Criteria
Presentations
Programme
Viewing Posters & Using Slack
Image Competition
BBSRC Themes

Key Deadlines

  • Registration – opens 4th October, closes 22nd October.
  • Abstract submission – opens 4th October, closes 22nd October.
    Talk types will be confirmed by the 1st November.
  • Poster and Short Talk submission deadline – 22nd November.

About

The annual White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP Symposium will be held as a hybrid event on the morning of Monday 13th December (virtually) and in the afternoon of Tuesday 14th December (in-person). This two day event is designed to celebrate the work of our 3rd and 4th year students, so presentations will collectively span a diverse range of research topics.  This year the symposium themes are Science in Entrepreneurship and Industry, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Although the symposium is mandatory for all White Rose DTP students, the in-person event can be attended virtually for students who are vulnerable, shielding or do not feel comfortable attending an in-person event. While we are hopeful this hybrid event will be able to go ahead as planned, the in-person event is dependent on the COVID situation in December and may need to be changed to a virtual format to align with Government and University guidelines. If the in-person event goes ahead precautions will be taken in line with guidelines, these will be confirmed closer to the symposium. 

Keynote speakers: During the hybrid event we will have a couple of fantastic keynote speaker presentations, these will support our themes of Science in Entrepreneurship and Industry, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusions. Specific information on the speakers will be revealed closer to the date. 

What Do I Need to Do?

This symposium is a fantastic opportunity to share the amazing research done by our 3rd and 4th Year students with the entire cohort. It is mandatory for 1st and 2nd Year students to attend the symposiums but students will not be asked to present at the event. 3rd Year students will submit posters which will be presented virtually at the symposium. 4th Year students will submit abstracts which will then be assessed by the symposium organising committee to determine which type of presentation they will give, either; Research presentation (10 minutes), Flash presentation (2 minutes), PIPS presentation (10 minutes) or a Poster presentation. 

Please note it is not mandatory for 5th Year students (final year students with extensions) to attend the symposium, although they are more than welcome to attend. Students of any year group who have completed their PIPS are also welcome to submit an abstract if they would like to give a PIPS talk. These abstracts will be assessed with the 4th Year abstracts and depending on demand priority will be given to 4th Year students.

For more information see Registrations and Presentation Applications, Abstract Criteria and Presentations below.

Registration and Presentation Applications

Registration for the event will open on the 4th October and close on the 22nd October.  

Abstract submission will open on the 4th October and close on the 22nd October. The DTP Student Representatives will confirm which talk type you have been selected for by the 1st November. 

Abstract Criteria

Talk types will be determined by the symposium organising committee who will mark the 250-word abstracts using the following criteria:

1) Is the abstract accessible to a broader STEM audience? 

2) Are the results interesting, novel and/or exciting? 

3) Are the conclusions clear and concise? Do they reflect the aims? 

4) Are the impacts and value of the findings clear?

Presentations

The annual symposium will host multiple different types of talks, specific details of each are found below:

  • Research presentations (4th Years) – These are 8 minute live talks focused on ongoing or completed research, followed by 2 minutes of questions.
  • Flash presentations (4th Years) – 2 minute pre-recorded short talks focussed on ongoing or completed research with no following questions.
  • PIPS presentations – These are 8 minute live presentations about a student’s completed professional placement, followed by 2 minutes of questions.
  • Poster presentations (3rd & 4th Years) – A PDF poster focussed on completed or ongoing research, along with an optional short video talk describing the poster. A Slack channel will be available for others to get in touch and ask more about the research.

Programme

The programme is still under development, more information will be provided closer to the event. Overall timings are shown below. 

Monday 13th December:

9:00 – 13:00. Online.

Tuesday 14th December: 

12:00 – 17:00. In person at the University of York (COVID-permitting).

Viewing Posters & Using Slack

As with the successful 2020 online symposium, poster ‘viewing’ and associated questions and networking will take place in the communications platform ‘Slack’. If you’ve registered for the symposium, you will be invited to join the Slack group in advance, giving you time to browse the posters. We’ll send instructions along with our invitation to join the Slack group so you’ll know what to do.

Image Competition

Thank you to everyone who has submitted images for our Symposium Imaging Competition. We are currently in the process of choosing our favourite images which will be used in our promotional material. The winning entries will be displayed here once the winners have been decided! 

BBSRC Themes

The DTP’s research addresses four of the BBSRC’s core strategic themes. Posters will be sub-divided into these themes:

Advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery

1) Understanding the rules of life (formerly World Class Underpinning Bioscience)

2) Transformative technologies (formerly Exploiting New Ways of Working)

Tackling strategic challenges

3) Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food (formerly Agriculture and Food Security)

4) Bioscience for renewable resources and clean growth (formerly Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy)

The themes were updated by the BBSRC in 2019. For details, read Forward Look for UK Bioscience and see the Research Themes page (on this website).

Symposium 2019

More information coming soon: looking forward to seeing you soon!