Symposium 2020

Viewing Posters & Using Slack
BBSRC Themes


The annual White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP Symposium will be held virtually on the 15th December this year. This all-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.

The event is mandatory for all members of the DTP, including NPIF and iCASE students. All DTP supervisors are also expected to attend.

Registration for everyone and Abstract Submission for 4th years will open on 1st October 2020.

During the event we will have a Slack group available for discussions, and posters will be available to view remotely. Instructions for viewing posters and using the Slack group will be available nearer the event date, as well as the agenda for the full day schedule.


The agenda will be made available here when talks have been confirmed and verified.


The available talk formats for the symposium are listed 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. A Slack channel will be available for others to get in touch and ask more about the research. 
  • PIPS presentations (4th Years) – 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.

Helpful hint: When you are writing your abstract, poster or talk, please remember that the expertise of DTP students spans a huge range of biological concepts, and not everyone will be familiar with your research area. Additionally, many of our students and supervisors are from other STEM subjects including maths, physics or chemistry backgrounds. Please – whichever discipline you are from – aim to make your abstract, talk or poster accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

Remember to tweet throughout the event using #WRDTP20


4th year students that wish to be considered for a longer research talk (8 min talk + 2 mins questions) will need to submit an abstract. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your presentation skills and share your research with the DTP cohort. The abstract submission form will be circulated to you by email, approximately one month before the deadline of the 30th October 2020.

A 250-word abstract is required and will be marked on 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?

Viewing Posters & Using Slack

Things are going to work a little differently this year to accommodate the virtual format. Don’t worry, whether you’re a presenter or audience member, we’ll talk you through it in advance of the symposium day!

Further information will appear here nearer the time.

BBSRC Themes

The DTP’s research addresses four of the BBSRC’s core strategic themes. Research talks and 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!