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Come and celebrate with us

Back in-person and online for 2022 to celebrate our postgraduate research

The Graduate School is delighted to invite you to our celebration of postgraduate research at the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 7 July 2022. We are excited to be holding this year’s festival in-person once more, and it will also be live-streamed to those of you wishing to join us online.

The festival will showcase the innovative research of all postgraduate research students including MRes, PhD, Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publication. Please see the opportunities below to enter competitions and apply to present.

What’s happening at this year’s festival?

Our 2022 event takes place in-person and online on Thursday 7 July from 09.30am-6.00pm. The festival will include talks, competitions, and panel discussions. The event will be held in Eldon Building and online via Zoom, and you can register as an attendee.


Main Event

09.30am - 10.00am Registration and links to competition galleries
10.00am - 10.10am Welcome from Dr. Darren Van Laar 
Director of The Graduate School
10.10am - 11.00am Keynote
11.00am - 12.00pm Three Doc Fest Talks & Q&A panel
12.00pm - 12.50pm Lunch provided - last opportunity for public votes
12.50pm - 1.50pm Three Minute Thesis Competition
1.50pm - 3.10pm Four Doc Fest Talks & Q&A panel
3.10pm - 3.30pm Break
3.30pm - 4.30pm Three Doc Fest Talks & Q&A panel
4.30pm - 5.15pm Professors' Panel -Research Careers
5.15pm - 6.00pm Prizes and drinks reception

Register for the in-person Festival of Doctoral Research

Register for the online Festival of Doctoral Research

Research presentations

Current doctoral and MRes students across all faculties are invited to submit abstracts to deliver a 15 minute presentation on the day. Visit our MyPort page to find out more.

Student competitions

Current doctoral and MRes students across all faculties are encouraged to apply for the competitions and to take part on the day. Prizes will be awarded for the winners.  


For more information about the festival, please contact the Graduate School team at docfest@port.ac.uk.

Connect with us on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #UoPDocFest22.