Postgraduate Research Festival 2022
Wednesday 11 May 2022, Maritime Museum Liverpool
The Postgraduate Research Festival is organised by faculty PGR representatives in collaboration with the Doctoral Academy. It showcases the richness and variety of postgraduate research undertaken at LJMU. It is also a chance for the whole PGR Community to get together, share ideas, practise presenting to a wide audience, take part in a programme of activities and hear from engaging speakers on topics related to the PGR experience and research community.
Our event hashtag is #PGRFest22
Poster: Group 1 (early-stage PGRs)
- Winner (Judges' choice): Andrew Davies (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Feasibility of integrating an mHealth intervention to increase exercise and physical activity adherence into a weight management service for adolescents with severe obesity: MOTIVATE-WMA
- Runner-up (Judges' choice): Liz Edwards (Screen School) Public good in the hands of the people: examining the transformative potential and inherent risks of community-owned social infrastructure in post-industrial northern towns
- People's Choice: Sheena Williams (Justice Studies) Why do I hate you? investigating the motivations for hate crimes
Posters: Group 2 (mid and later-stage PGRs)
- Winner (Judges' choice): Nusrat Jannat (Civil Engineering & Built Environment) Development of unfired brick with agro-wastes for tropical climate
- Runner-up (Judges' choice): Jessica Smith (Public Health Institute) How do neighbourhood social environments influence drinking behaviour?
- People's Choice: Emily Wharton (Sport & Exercise Sciences) COVID-19 Pandemic: A stair fall pandemic in older adults?
Three Minute Thesis
- Winner (Judges' choice): Anna Powell (Psychology) “Shaken, not stirred”: Alcohol and cognition, and how impairments predict outcomes
- Runner-up (Judges' choice): Hannah Tang (Engineering) Virtual Reality systems for lateral ankle sprains in athletes
- People's Choice: Jade Thomson (Screen School) Intimacy and Sexual Violence on the University Stage
The Postgraduate Research Festival is taking place at the Maritime Museum in Liverpool.
Here is a programme overview or you can download the full PGR Festival booklet here.
9:00-9:30 Registration (Reception; tea and coffee in Dining Room)
9:30-10:00 Welcome and networking activity (Event Space)
10:00-11:00 ‘Making a difference with research impact’ A panel of LJMU academics discuss the ways in which their research has had an impact. Prof Patryk Kot (CBE), Dr Pooja Saini (PSY), Prof Judy Madden (PBS) and Chris Chadwick (LSS), chaired by Emily Walker, Impact Officer (Event Space)
11:00-11:45 Parallel sessions led by PGRs:
Session 1: Round table discussion: PGRs with disabilities or special educational needs (Event Space)
Session 2: The Doctoral Journey: sharing experience (Lecture Theatre)
11:45-12:00 Break (Dining Room)
12:00-1:00 Poster session with over 50 posters on display, this is a chance to speak to PGRs about their research, and vote for a 'People's Choice' winner. You can also view all of the posters online (see below) (Dining Room)
1:00-2:00 Lunch (including ‘Meet your PGR reps’ from 1:30-2pm – tables in Dining Room)
2:00-3:30 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Final, fast-paced research communication competition, challenging PGRs to present on their research and its significance in just 180 seconds. Audience members can vote for a 'People's Choice' winner (Event Space)
3:30-4:00 Break (Dining Room)
4:00-4:45 Keynote: Dr Xine Yao, 'Undisciplining Solidarity: Institutions Will Never Love You Back'
UCL Lecturer in American literature, co-director of queer studies network, qUCL; BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker and the co-host of PhDivas Podcast (Event Space)
5:00-6:30 Closing words and prize announcements: Prof Keith George, PVC Research & Enterprise, followed by drinks reception (Event Space and Dining Room)
Take part: posters
Researchers from all disciplines and all programmes (MPhil, PhD, Prof Docs) are invited to participate by presenting a poster on an aspect of their research. Posters will be displayed throughout the festival, and there will be a dedicated poster session in the morning for you to talk to delegates about your research.
There are two categories for posters:
- Early-stage postgraduate researchers (pre-Confirmation of Registration)
- Mid-late stage postgraduate researchers (post-Confirmation, or Prof Docs in the research phase of their programme)
The Judges’ Choice first prize for each category is £250, People’s Choice award is £150. Prizes will be announced on Wednesday 11 May, at the end of the Postgraduate Research Festival.
If you cannot physically attend the event on 11 May you can still take part in the poster competition. Posters will be judged online before the event by members of the LJMU research community, while the ‘People’s Choice’ award will be voted for on the day by members of the audience.
Posters should have visual impact, offer a clear taster of your research, and be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience. Posters should be A1 and landscape orientation. They will need to work on a screen as well as in print, so clarity and readability are essential. They should include no more than 500 words of text.
How to take part
Register to take part by Monday 11 April here: Poster registration form
Poster files will then need to be submitted by Friday 29 April. We will need 1 file suitable for printing (A1, PDF or PPT), and 1 file suitable for use online (JPG or PNG).
The Doctoral Academy will arrange the printing of all posters.
Judges will assess the posters using the following criteria:
1. Visual impact – is the poster easy to read? Does it use space effectively? Is there a logical flow and is it visually engaging?
2. Content – does it have an engaging title? Is it situated within a relevant field? Are the aims, objectives, methods and initial findings (if appropriate) clear? Is it clear why the research is being done and what its potential impact might be?
3. Research communication – can the poster be easily understood by a non-specialist academic audience? Does it communicate a clear ‘take home’ message?
You can find lots of poster resources and examples on the Researcher Development Programme Canvas site (join here if you’re not already enrolled). This also includes resources and a recording of the training session on Research Posters from 13 April 2022.
Posters Group 1: early-stage PGRs
View a slideshow of all the Group 1 posters here.
1. Anita Morris (Nursing & Allied Health) Falconry as a therapeutic intervention for autistic children and young people
2. Bethany Donaghy (Psychology) Pain in autistic children: interviews with child-parent dyads
3. Sam Alder (Sport & Exercise Sciences) ‘The ascent of woman': developmental activities and perceptions of female youth soccer players
4. Oluwaremilekun Adetayo (Education) Evaluating the integration of digital pedagogies in the continuing professional development of English language lecturers: a case study of three universities in South-West Nigeria
5. Ning Yan (Engineering) Online teaching: an assessment of teacher and student satisfaction
6. Zalihe Kamil-Thomas (Nursing & Allied Health) Race, ethnicity and experience of Higher Education
7. Andrew Davies (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Feasibility of integrating an mHealth intervention to increase exercise and physical activity adherence into a weight management service for adolescents with severe obesity: MOTIVATE-WMA
8. Guangze Zhang (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Tactical behaviour of youth football players in small-sided games: floater player changes the team orientation
9. Reda Madroumi (Psychology) An examination of the key components of social support for patients living with T2D, a cross-cultural participatory action research approach.
10. Zoe Bell (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Developing an industry specific, evidence-informed toolkit to improve the health of contact centre advisors
11. Norliza Mohd Salleh (Sport & Exercise Sciences) The effect of sedentary behaviour (SB) on maternal metabolic health and vascular function
12. Charlotte Haines (Public Health Institute) Late diagnosis in Liverpool - investigating factors impacting blood-borne viral infection diagnoses and poor linkage to care in Liverpool
13. Hui Liu (Business) Examining the Glocalised marketing strategies of luxury fashion retailers in China
14. Liz Edwards (Screen School) Public good in the hands of the people: examining the transformative potential and inherent risks of community-owned social infrastructure in post-industrial northern towns
15. Gaynor Llewellyn-Jenkins (Humanities & Social Science) The silencing of Susannah Darwin, née Wedgwood (1765-1817)
16. Geneva Beckford (Art & Design) Intersectionality: toward a conscious curatorial praxis
17. Anna Houghton (Art & Design) The sound of space / the space of sound
18. Martina Pizzolato (Art & Design) Facial photo-comparison: a tool to identify victims of disasters
19. Molly Hawker (Computer Science & Mathematics) Cracking the calcium code - data-driven modelling of calcium puffs
20. Elysia Greenway (Art & Design) Recognising faces: advancing texture and display in forensic facial depiction
21. Si Gu (Pharmacy & Biomolecular Science) The Ste20-like FvM4K1 regulates organ size via Hippo pathway in strawberry
22. Sian Phillips (Astrophysics Research Institute) Characterising the first galaxies
23. Phebie Watson (Pharmacy & Biomolecular Science) Assessing bacterial community structure in the presence of different fabrics associated with a murine analogue
24. David Law (Astrophysics Research Institute) Using the experience of the LT to solve the NRT scheduling problem
25. David Hitchmough (Engineering) Floating on air: drag reduction for ships using air lubrication
26. Caighley Logan (Pharmacy & Biomolecular Science) The changes to the appearance of bone due to the effects of fire or intense heat, both on the surface layer and microscopic
27. Bingyu Mu (Engineering) Towards an Ergonomic Interface in Ship Bridges
28. Sheena Williams (School of Justice Studies) Why do I hate you? investigating the motivations for hate crimes
Posters Group 2: mid- and later-stage PGRs
View a slideshow of all of the group 2 posters here.
2. Rebecca Walker (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Co-producing 'The Walk-Along Project' with children with cerebral palsy (CP)
3. Toni Blackham (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Predictors of takeaway food consumption in an adult population in Liverpool
4. Zoe Swithenbank (Public Health Institute) Smoking cessation in substance use treatment services
5. Jessica Smith (Public Health Institute) How do neighbourhood social environments influence drinking behaviour?
6. Anna Powell (Psychology) Young, drunk, and fast: The paradoxical effects of hazardous drinking on cognitive performance in younger adults
7. Becky Self (Nursing & Allied Health) Service users' understandings and experiences of health care practitioners' right to conscientiously object to abortion.
8. Loredana Frau (Psychology) Cognitive reserve, depression and executive functions: a 10-year follow-up study in 416 older adults
9. Lauren Coan (Computer Science & Mathematics) AI-enabled glaucoma detection
10. Adam Mitchinson (Computer Science & Mathematics) Mathematical model suggests mechanism of action for connexin mimetic peptide Gap27 to accelerate wound healing
11. Tianran Ren (Engineering) Cold chain packaging risk management
12. Richard Kirwan (Biological & Environmental Sciences) Genetically determined serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with total, trunk, and arm fat-free mass: a Mendelian randomization study
13. Paige Cole (Sport & Exercise Sciences) The effects of synthetic cannabidiol on skeletal muscle cells
14. Lucy Dowdall (Biological & Environmental Sciences) Finding the balance between people and nature
15. Stamatia Galata (Biological & Environmental Sciences) An open-source application of computer vision and machine learning algorithms to quantify microplastics
16. Karyono Karyono (Civil Engineering & Built Environment) Artificial Intelligence-based system to lower the energy use for thermal comfort.
17. Nusrat Jannat (Civil Engineering & Built Environment) Development of unfired brick with agro-wastes for tropical climate
18. Laura Sheehy (Biological & Environmental Sciences) Selective symbiosis or a chance meeting? the relationship between worms, bacteria and their slug hosts
19. Courtney Thompson (Pharmacy & Biomolecular Science) Development of a tool to determine similar chemicals for physiologically-based kinetic (PBK) modelling
20. Emily Wharton (Sport & Exercise Sciences) COVID-19 Pandemic: A stair fall pandemic in older adults?
21. Jacqueline Richards (Nursing & Allied Health) A clearer view to Covid 19 domestic violence and abuse- gaining insight by using a visionary post-feminist lens
22. Ryan Clarke (Screen School) Precarious creative industries: the impact of Covid-19 on Liverpool's creative industries
Three Minute Thesis
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a communications competition for doctoral researchers, originating at the University of Queensland. It challenges researchers to tell an intelligent, non-specialist audience what the research is about, why they are doing it, and why anyone should care in just three minutes.
The 2022 LJMU 3MT final will take place between 2-3:30pm at the Postgraduate Research Festival, and brings together the winners from each faculty 3MT competition. The overall winner of the LJMU final will receive £500 and be submitted to the UK quarter finals. The audience at the festival will also be able to vote for a 'People's Choice' winner on the day by voting here: https://bit.ly/PGR3MT22 (note: voting is only open between 2-4pm on 11 May)
Prof Keith George, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Dr Nicola Koyama, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Prof Claire Hannibal, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange for Faculty of Business and Law
Katherine Stephan, Researcher Engagement Librarian
1. Shawn Toh (Engineering) Moving towards a bionic future
2. Laura Abbate (Psychology) Evaluating suicide postvention services
3. Hannah McLellan (Sport & Exercise Sciences) Does one (exer)cise fit all? Understanding cardiovascular disease patients’ response to exercise training
4. Elysia Greenway (School of Art) Recognising faces: advancing texture and display in forensic facial depiction
5. Paul French (Law) Terrorism panics, conspiracies and a surrendering of British values
6. Jade Thomson (Screen School) Intimacy and Sexual Violence on the University Stage
7. Mollie Bryde (Business) Sustainable recovery: an ethical response to disasters
8. Courtney Thompson (Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences) Development of a tool to identify similar chemicals for building new physiologically-based kinetic (PBK) models
9. Ashleigh Bellard (Psychology) An impaired affective touch system in Anorexia Nervosa: a novel non-invasive brain stimulation intervention
10. Hannah Tang (Engineering) Virtual Reality systems for lateral ankle sprains in athletes
11. Andrew Munro (Law) Economic and social rights and the liberal democratic state: a complicated relationship?
12. Richie Kirwan (Biological & Environmental Sciences) How our genes can reveal the secret power of our muscles
13. Simon Sanders (Screen School) Red bracelet – a critical and creative exploration of Anorexia Nervosa in males
14. Vicky Rheya (Education) From the inside out: an autoethnographic exploration of the experience of home education
15. Karyono (Civil Engineering & Built Environment) Artificial Intelligence-based system to lower the energy use for thermal comfort
16. Becky Self (Nursing & Allied Health) Service Users' Experiences, Understandings and Opinions of Health Care Practitioners' Right to Conscientiously Object to Abortion
17. Luis Quinzo-Ortega (Biological & Environmental Sciences) Management of adult and immature large pine weevil (Hylobius
abietis L.) using novel local-provenance entomopathogenic fungi and commercial entomopathogenic nematodes
18. Anna Powell (Psychology) “Shaken, not stirred”: Alcohol and cognition, and how impairments predict outcomes