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Research Student Conference and 3MT


Brunel University London Research Student Poster Conference 4-5th July 2017

Showcasing the best in postgraduate research

The annual research student poster conference, organised by the Graduate School, is a multidisciplinary event which aims to bring together researchers from all Colleges and Research Institutes to showcase the high calibre of student research at Brunel.  The event provides opportunities for professional development, public engagement, networking and research community building.

A number of prizes of up to £500 are available for the best poster presentations.

  • Registration deadline: 9 June
  • Poster abstract deadline: 9 June


 Poster templates:

The abstract booklet can be found here and the conference programme here.

Congratulations to all the winners:

First place - Poster Title: High strength steel under fire conditions

  • Student Name: Dorothy Winful  
  • Supervisor: Katherine Cashell   
  • College: CEDPS

Second place - Poster Title: Innovative bonding of aluminium to steel: towards reducing the weight of automobile

  • Student Name: Alireza Valizadeh 
  • Supervisor: Isaac Chang  
  • College: CEDPS

Third place - Poster Title: Flow field design optimization for enhanced Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell durability and performance

  • Student Name: Gerard Jansen
  • Supervisor: Zahir Dehouche 
  • College: CEDPS

Fourth place - Poster Title: Recovery of Phosphorus from Municipal Wastewater

  • Student Name: Samira Safari 
  • Supervisor: Evina Katsou
  • College: CEDPS 

Fifth place - Poster Title: DAO inhibitor preclinical therapeutic studies for FRDA

  • Student Name: Mursal Sherzai
  • Supervisor: Mark Pook
  • College: CHLS

Best Early Stage Researcher - Poster Title: Structural Change Within the EU

  • Student Name: Kanya Paramaguru   
  • Supervisor: Nauro Campos    
  • College: CBASS

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition (Final 29th March 2017)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges research higher degree (PhD and MPhil) students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The University winner receives a prize of £500 and the chance to represent Brunel at the national 3MT Semi Finals. The runner up wins £200 and the ‘people’s choice’ winner wins £100.

The University final is open to the public and all research students and staff are encouraged to come along and vote for the ‘People’s Choice’. 


Congratulations to our 3MT Winners

This year the 3MT final took place in the Eastern Gateway on March 29 2017.


Eleven Researchers from across all Colleges and Research institutes took part after making it through their college heat, earlier this year.  Judging panel including: Professor Andrew George, Dr Richard Bonser, Dr Claire Donovan, Professor Paul Hellewell, Professor Alexandra Xanthaki and Professor Tat-Hean Gan (from TWI) had an extremely hard job to decide on the winners, due to the standard of presentations being so high.  In fact the decision was so hard that the Graduate School awarded two extra prizes of excellence.

Massive congratulations to all whom took part and to our winners:

Thomas Fudge, 1st place £500. College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.Supervisory team: Dr Zahir Dehouche and Dr Abdul Chaudhary, Title of 3MT: “Decentralized Sanitation for Developing Communities with Energy and Recovery.”

Ehinome Ikhalia, 2nd place £200. College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. Supervisory team:  Dr Alan Edwin Serrano-Rico, Title of 3MT: “A Social Network Security System to Avoid Virus Threats.”

Faris Almalki, Audience Choice £100. College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. Supervisory team: Professor Marios Angelides, Title of 3MT: “Closing the Coverage Gaps in Wireless Communication using Near Space Platforms (NSPs).” 

Souhalia Al Hesso & Mahmoud Alhamad, Award of excellence 2 x £50 amazon vouchers: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. Supervisory team: Dr John Hunter (Souhalia) Professor Ben Chigara (Mahmoud) & Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo (Mahmoud), Title of 3MT: Purchasing Power Parity and Poverty Line (Souhalia) Title of 3MT: Responsibility to Protect: R2P (Mahmoud)

This year’s winner Thomas Fudge will represent Brunel in the national online semi-final taking part in July. The top six in the country will then be selected from over 40 institutions will go onto the Grand National final, which will take part at the Vitae conference in September.

 The previous winners' presentations can be watched here: