School Research Conference

The annual School Research Conference is a celebration of our multi-faceted research within the School of Engineering. This year as we celebrate 150th year of Engineering, our School Research Conference assumes an even important significance and meaning showcasing innovation by our students and staff across Research Institutes. It is designed to encourage reflection upon your research and also your future career plans. The Conference is open to all members of the School including undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff. Research students from all years are expected to attend.

Date and Location: Thursday, 26 April 2018 at John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls of Residence

This year we also celebrate the 150th year of Engineering at Edinburgh, thus our School Research Conference transforms as one of our flagship events highlighting our innovation, the depth and the diverse breadth of our research.

Last year we had a very successful School Research Conference with around 69 poster presentations and demonstrations from Research Institutes.

The School Research Conference is an excellent platform to enthuse and excite the wider audience in your research. It also is a compulsory progression point for our PhD students. Events include:

  • Poster presentation (open to all, compulsory for 2nd Year PhD students) and 2 min poster pitch (compulsory for 2nd year PhD students only)
  • Tabletop research demonstrations from our Research Institutes
  • Keynote talks by inspirational and eminent speakers

Information for 2nd Year Students

All 2nd year PhD students are required to present a poster and give a short 2 minute presentation at the School conference. This is a compulsory part of your PhD training.

  • The 2 minute presentation is a fun and rapid exercise in effective communication. Your aim is to effectively communicate your research topic to the general audience, so that you catch their attention and they will come to talk to you about your poster.
  • Poster presentations are common at research conferences. They are an effective format for displaying your research, but also provide a discussion point that you use when you talk about your work.

The School runs two courses in preparation for the conference, which you are expected to attend.

Please keep these dates free; booking will open one month before the course.

Further information for Presenting Students (from poster preparation to submission) is given on this page

Anyone can bring a Research Poster

Anyone who wants to share their research with the rest of the School is invited to bring a poster to the conference. This is a chance to share your research from undergraduate thesis projects, or work that might have been presented internationally, but is not known to the rest of the School.

These posters will be displayed without the 2-minute oral presentation. See here for special conditions.

Research Institute Demonstrations

Each of the Research Institutes will this year have a demonstration space, and you are invited to bring along hands-on demonstrations of research. These demonstrations are being organised by the Research Institute representatives on SPEC, and there will be a prize for the best demonstration.

Keynote Speakers

We have planned an exciting array of talks on the day by the following inspirational and eminent Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Jane Smallman, 114th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • Professor Mark Linne, Chair in Combustion Engines and Head of Research Institute of Multiscale Thermofluids, School of Engineering.


Several prizes will be on offer at the 2018 conference:

  • Engineering 150 Best 2-minute presentation
  • Engineering 150 Best 2nd year poster (according to the academic panel)
  • Engineering 150 Best 2nd year poster (by popular vote)
  • Engineering 150 Best Research Institute Demonstration
  • Tutor / demonstrator prizes

2017 Prize Winners and Book of Posters

Over 72 students presented posters in the 2016 School Research Conference. Over 200 members fo the School and external guests attended.

  • Best 2-minute presentation: Eli Kinney-Lang (IDCOM), "Snapshots in development: using tensor analysis to extract metrics from children for brain-computer interface rehabilitation"
  • 2017 Best Poster Popular Award Winner: Nimrah Munir (IBioE), "Cartilage tissue engineering: bioactive multizone scaffolds for cartilage regeneration"
  • 2017 Best Poster Academy Award Winner: Margaret Normand (IMNS), "Liquid crystal lasers"
  • 2017 Best Tutor and Demonstrators Award (on the basis of EUSA Teaching Award nominations): Anna Garcia-Teruel (Mechanical Engineering), Jagadeesh Gunda (Electronics and Electrical Engineering), Simon Santamaria Garcia (Mechanical Engineering), Stefan Pantaleev (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Thomas Sptiz (Mechanical Engineering), Zeynep Karatza (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • 2017 Best Research Institute Table-Top Demonstration Award: Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems
  • Book of Posters
Lecture theatre, looking over seated students towards large screens
The School Research Conference
Award winners of the 2017 School Research Conference
Margaret Normand (2017 Academic Poster Award) and Nimrah Munir (2017 Popular Poster Award)
2017 Presentation and Institute Demonstration Awards
Eli Kinney-Lang (2017 Presentation Award) and IMNS (2017 Best Institute Demonstration)