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Celebrate our postgraduate research

A vibrant event run by and for research students

The Graduate School and the Super Rep Group is delighted to invite you to our celebration of postgraduate research at the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 13 July 2023.

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, MPhil, 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 2023 event takes place in-person and online on Thursday 13 July from 09.30am-6.00pm in Eldon Building.

A full programme includes keynote talks on the theme of impact, PGR research presentations, 5x5 talks, and competitions inviting you to submit posters, visualise your research and even bake your thesis. All this plus information tables and opportunities for friendly networking.

The programme will be updated as submissions and competition entries come in. Watch this space for contributions from all five faculties!


Main Event

09.30am - 10.00am

Registration and competition voting opens

Exhibition of posters, images and bake your thesis

10.00am - 10.10am

Welcome from Professor Jeremy Howells
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and External Relations)

10.10am - 11.00am

Keynote - Research Impact

Professor Mark Reed

11.00am - 11.10am Comfort break
11.10am - 12.10pm Three research presentations and Q&A panel
12.10pm - 12.50pm

Five by Five by Five - one five minute talk from each faculty

12.50pm - 1.30pm

Lunch provided

Exhibition of posters, images and bake your thesis

1.30pm - 2.10pm Five by Five by Five - one five minute talk from each faculty
2.10pm - 2.55pm

Two research presentations and Q&A panel

2.55pm - 3.30pm

Break and networking competition

Exhibition of posters, images and bake your thesis

3.30pm - 4.15pm Professor panel - Research Impact
4.15pm - 5.00pm Competition prizes and drinks reception

Student presentations

Research presentations

Current doctoral, MPhil 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, MPhil 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.  

You may enter as many competitions as you like once, but please don't use the same images in the Research Poster and the Visualise Your Thesis competitions.

Book your place at the in-person festival

Book your place at the online festival


For more information about the festival, please contact the Graduate School team at


Connect with us

Connect with us on social media on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and use the hashtag #UoPDocFest23.