SPARC 2017 (Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference) took place at MediaCityUK 27- 29 June 2017.
Taking place in Salford’s 50th year as a University the theme for SPARC 2017 was ‘Retrospect & Prospects’, with postgraduate researchers from all disciplines invited to present their research from the view point of looking both forward and back. 138 of them took up the challenge, and a huge range of fascinating subjects were presented over 3 days at Media City UK, with presentations, posters, demonstrations and the fiercely contested 3 Minute Thesis™ final contributing to a vibrant celebration of postgraduate research.
Dr Jo Scott, PGR Director for the School of Arts & Media, summed up the conference "SPARC this year felt like an open, friendly and buzzing space when I attended. The session I chaired was full of diverse, articulate presentations, prompting rigorous discussions and was beautifully managed by my student co-chair, Adam Hart. The materials associated with the event, how I was welcomed into the space and the general feel was extremely positive. All of this was washed down with a flake and ice cream in the rain - a great event, beautifully managed!".
You can enjoy the full SPARC2017 photo album on our Salford PGRs Flickr account. Many thanks go to our conference photographer Atousa Zaeim! A PDF of the accompanying Book of Abstracts can be downloaded from USIR.
Day 1 of the conference was opened by Director of Postgraduate Research, Prof Yiu Lam and PGR student Muna Abubaker from the School of Environment & Life Sciences, who introduced our first keynote speaker Prof David Brettle. David gave an entertaining insight into ‘A Curious Mind’; talking about the importance of publishing and patenting whilst also maintaining a high ‘mojo’ level!
It was also on day 1 that the Salford Three Minute Thesis™ winner was decided, with Lauren Ward from Computing, Science & Engineering scooping first prize for her presentation ‘Accessible Broadcast Audio Customisation’. Lauren made it through to the final 12 competitors of the national competition, which was a fantastic acheivement!
Our final day was opened by PGR Shaymaa Al-Shammari from Computing, Science & Engineering and Associate Dean Research (CSE), Prof Ghasem Nasr who presented keynote Dr Ben Halligan from the University of Wolverhampton. Ben was previously PGR Director for the School of Arts & Media and jumped at the chance to come back and visit Salford, with his presentation 'Let Me Introduce Myself: Creating and Maintaining Your Online Profile as a PhD Researcher'.
Three Minute Thesis (voted by judges Janet Morana, Postgraduate & Partnerships Manager, and Dr Gary Kerr, Environment & Life Sciences)
1st prize - Lauren Ward (Computing, Science & Engineering)
Runner up – Alix Chadwell (Health Sciences)
Watch the closing remarks and 3MT prize giving here.
Poster Competition (voted by all delegates)
First prize – Muna Abubaker (Environment & Life Sciences)
Runner up – Abigail Monk (Health Sciences)
‘Best presentation in session’ prizes (voted by session chairs)
Session 1.1: ‘Doctor in the House’ - Muna Abubaker (Environment & Life Sciences)
Session 1.2: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ – Rachel Langford (Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences)
Session 1.3: ‘Superhuman 1’ – Eleonora Costamagna (Health Sciences)
Session 2.1: ‘Mad Max’ – Kamal Alogla (Computing, Science & Engineering)
Session 2.2: ‘Speed’ – Noorance Al-Mukaram (Computing, Science & Engineering)
Session 2.3: ‘Postcards from the Edge’ – Katie Scaletta (Environment & Life Sciences)
Session 3.1: ‘The Secret of my Success’ – Martyn Willcock (Salford Business School)
Session 3.2: ‘The Social Network’ – Naser Al-Falahy (Computing, Science & Engineering)
Session 3.3: ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ – Stuart Robertson (Environment & Life Sciences)
Session 4.1: ‘Planet Earth’ – Abimbola Adeleke (Environment & Life Sciences)
Session 4.2: ‘Anchorman’ – Lauren Ward (Computing, Science & Engineering)
Session 4.3: ‘Risky Business’ – Violet Mtonga (Salford Business School)
Session 5.1: ‘Nine to Five’ – Vicki Harvey (Salford Business School)
Session 5.2: ‘Evolution’ – Muhammad Abba (Computing, Science & Engineering)
Session 5.3: ‘That’s Entertainment’ – Adam Hart (Arts & Media)
Session 6.1: ‘Starter for 10’ – Kirsten Stoddart (Arts & Media)
Session 6.2: ‘Superhuman 2’ – Diana Madalina Stan (Environment & Life Sciences)
'Open Mic' Competition - Faiza Choudhry Parveen, University of Bradford