Student and Staff Research Conference
London Met Research Conference 2023 - Small Steps Matter: Research Towards a Better World
The 4th London Met Student and Staff Research Conference titled Small Steps Matter: Research Towards a Better World took place between 4 and 5 July at Holloway campus. Organised by PGR Student and Staff Liaison Forum, the event was a great opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic research undertaken by students and staff.
The conference was opened by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lynn Dobbs and closed by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Don MacRaild. Each day was opened by an external keynote lecture and closed by an internal one. The first by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Oxford University) was contemplative in nature combining elements of his personal journey with that of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera. He was joined in conversation by Professor Matthew Barac and PhD candidate, Alessia Dalceggio. The second external keynote lecture by Professor Jeremy Howick (University of Leicester) featured a combative challenge to the health system, presenting empirical evidence for the medical effects of empathy and empathy training, with the panel chaired by Professor Ken White and PhD candidate Shahab Hassan.
Students and staff presented in three categories of presentations:
Lightning talk - brief three minute presentation on your research topic (a physical poster on your research to be displayed with the presenter being available for discussion at an allocated time). Lightning talks are aimed at PGR students in their first or second year.
Presentation of student paper or staff paper, or a joint student-staff paper (20-minute slot: 15 minute paper + 5 minutes discussion). This category is aimed at PGR students at an advanced stage of their research and at staff.
Keynote joint presentation of student-staff paper (50-minute slot: 35-40 minute presentation + discussion). This is a competitive category: one submission will be selected as one of the keynotes, the others will be automatically considered for the 20-minute slots.
Highlights were provided by both internal keynote lectures: Day 1 was closed by an emotionally intense presentation on the concept of intersectionality and school exclusions by Professional Doctorate in Education candidate Ama Agyeman and Dr Mabel Encinas, Day 2 by an impressive presentation on informal urban development, research co-production and sustainability in Lebanon, India and Sierra Leone by VC PhD Scholarship holder Hosn Houssami, Dr Bo Tang and Dr Beatrice De Carli.
The conference was rounded off by the award of prizes orchestrated masterly by Research Student Coordinator Oliver Brooks.
Conference programme and recordings
Awards and winners
There were five awards categories, all decided by the conference attendees during the live voting.
Winner: Natalie Langley for Where are the women? Investigating the absence of women in Angel Investing.
Best 20-minute Presentation
Winners: (ex-aequo) Sian Moxon, Justin Webb and Alexandros Semertzi for Wild Ways: Mixed-methods research to understand urban-rewilding behaviour in London's private gardens and Dr Dee Bhakta, Christopher Chamberlin, Dr Una Fairbrother, Dr Priyanka Ganguly, Professor Laurence Harbige, Dr Benjamin Hunter, Professor John Lodge, Dr Shawn McLaren, Professor Lijun Shang, Samuel Sowunmi, Mo Ahmed, Adriana Sevcuka, Shahab Hassan, Marwah Alanbaki, Dr Cassandra Terry, Dr Eirini Meimaridou and Professor Ken White for A multidisciplinary approach to diabetes.
Best Recorded Presentation
Winner: Mareen Ruwandi Perrera for What is unlearning when you are an educator: Exploring how part-time higher education lecturers in Sri Lanka can unlearn to change their professional teacher identities.
Best Lightning Talk Day 1
Winner: Giovanni Bordone for The shift from mass production to mass personalisation: The impact of production on demand on the fashion industry.
Best Lightning Talk Day 2
Winners: (ex-aequo) Medah Ramchurn for Microplastics and Human Health and Malaravan Ragupalan for THP-1 cells' differentiation within the tumour microenvironment.
London Met Research Conference 2020 - Between Tradition and Innovation
London Met's first University-wide research conference took place on 14-15 July 2020.
The conference was part of a number of recent initiatives to strengthen our research culture and provided an excellent opportunity for postgraduate research (PGR) students and staff to share their research and for PGR students, in particular, to add to their experience of presenting and exposing their research design, analysis or findings to critical scrutiny.
The conference was organised by the Postgraduate Research Student and Staff Liaison Forum, which brings together research students and staff to discuss academic and research community matters and supported by the Centre for Professional and Educational Development and the Research and Postgraduate Office.
Delivered online over two days; Don MacRaild, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange opened both days with a keynote address.
Read about last year's conference.
London Met Research Conference 2021 - Negotiating a Changed World
The second annual London Met’s University-wide research conference took place on 20-21 July 2021, celebrating a range of stimulating and intriguing new research at London Met.
The student, staff and joint student-staff papers reflected the changes that society needed to adjust to following the challenges of the global pandemic and how this impacted the way that research is carried out. The multitude of topics was presented and discussed in panels ranging from Reading DNA, through Machine learning and cyber-analytics to Linguistic identities and perceptions. A number of presentations tackled the issues of social justice, equality and inclusivity, echoing the commitments set in the Education for Social Justice Framework and Race Equity Strategic Plan.
Papers from all six Schools were presented either as a three-minute lightning talk, pre-recorded lecture, poster presentation or a 15-minute presentation. The first day was opened by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Don MacRaild, followed by the keynote lecture from Dr Marlon Moncrieffe from the University of Brighton on Decolonising the curriculum with a closing presentation from Dr Diana Luck and her students on Negotiating a changed and still changing world and the U theory.
The second day opened by Maeva Khachfe, Head of Research Policy and Implementation and Professor Klaus Fischer, Head of Graduate School, featured the opening keynote lecture delivered by Dr Hannah Gibson from the University of Essex on Harnessing learners' multilingual repertoires with a valedictory lecture from Professor David McCarthy summarising a quarter-century journey of nutrition research and education on Holloway Road.
The conference was organised by the Postgraduate Research Student and Staff Liaison Forum, with support from the Research and Postgraduate Office and Centre for Professional and Educational Development and was delivered online.
Conference programme and recordings
Awards and winners
There were six awards categories, with the first three selected by the joint student-staff judging panel, and the latter three decided by the conference attendees during the live voting.
Runner-up: Monika Rabka
Winner: Skye William Eade
Best Student Presentation
Runner-up: Anthony Phipps
Winner: Lydia Ling
Best Recorded Presentation
Runner-up: Adebowale Oriku
Winner: Dion Mariyanayagam
Best Lightning Talk
Runner-up: Amy Beddows
Winner: Janet Douglas Gardner
Most Engaging Student Presentation Day 1
Runner-up: Elliot Kidd
Winner: Anthony Phipps & Dion Mariyanayagam
Most Engaging Student Presentation Day 2
Runner-up: Cinar Aydogan, Amita Revankar and Wally Mbassi Elong
Winner: Ama Agyeman
Congratulations to all winners and runners-up, who will receive a conference certificate, and £50 (winner) and £25 (runner-up) vouchers.
London Met Research Conference 2022 - Lifting Barriers
The third London Met's University-wide conference took place on 12-13 July 2022. Organised by the Postgraduate Research Student and Staff Liaison Forum, this year's theme was Lifting Barriers: New Research at London Met.
There were four categories of presentations:
- Lightning talk - brief three minute presentation on your research topic (a poster on your research to be displayed during breaks). Lightning talks are aimed at PGR students in their first or second year.
- Presentation of student paper or staff paper, or a joint student-staff paper (20-minute slot: 15 minute paper + five minutes discussion). This category is aimed at postgraduate research students at an advanced stage of their research and at staff.
- Keynote joint presentation of student-staff paper (50-minute slot: 35-40 minute presentation + discussion). This is a competitive category: one submission will be selected as one of the keynotes, the others will be automatically considered for the 20-minute slots.
- Pre-recorded presentations available for asynchronous viewing on London Met Research YouTube channel.
Papers from all five Schools at London Met were presented, tackling current issues and looking to create solutions for challenges at the local, national and international level.
The conference took place over two days, both taking place online, with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julie Hall launching the Conference on the 12th July.
The two days featured papers, allocated to topical panels such as: Nutrition, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Inclusivity, Advances in and uses of Technology, Artistic Expression and Human Behaviour.
Awards were presented to students in four categories, with two of them split over two days.
- Best Lightning Talk - Daria Buhanovska for Destroy, Accept, Admire: Legacy Attitudes to WW2 Flak Towers in Berlin, Vienna and Hamburg
- Best pre-recorded presentation - Samson Adjei for Graph Articulation
- Best Poster (day 1) - Innocent Lubangakene for Non-invasive biosensor for monitoring hydration levels in patients with Electromagnetic waves
- Best Poster (day 2) - Mia Outteridge for Designing Novel Antiviral Targets for Human Coronaviruses
- Best 15-minute presentation (day 1) - Skye William Eade for The Dyslexic Sublime: Exploring the Art-making Process Through the Lens of Dyslexia
- Best 15-minute presentation (day 2) - Dr Sandra Fernando for The untold truth of PhD journeys