PGRC 2019 – Call for Papers

Lancaster University’s Postgraduate Research Conference will take place on the Saturday 18th May. This inter-disciplinary conference will showcase the work of researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria, giving presenters the chance to share their work with a diverse, non-specialist audience. The conference will also feature poster presentations, and a return of the international Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®), with selected candidates entered into the national finals.

Conference theme

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Knowledge Exchange’, Knowledge Exchange is defined by VITAE as “a two-way mutually beneficial process through which knowledge, know-how, expertise and skills are transferred from one party to another leading to innovative, social and economic improvement.”

As such we are seeking submissions from any discipline that demonstrate some element of ‘Knowledge Exchange’, to be featured in a short 10-minute presentation to a non-specialist audience.

We are also seeking poster presentations adhering to the same theme.

Submission guidelines

All abstract submissions should be sent via email to no later than Wednesday 24th April.

Presentations will be selected based on the submitted abstract in order to provide a diverse programme. All that submit a poster abstract will have a chance to present a poster. Successful applicants will be informed by 29th April.

All electronic versions of posters (pdf) should be sent via email to by Friday 10th May.

Submissions for posters and/or presentations should include:

  • Name
  • Department
  • University
  • Title
  • Abstract (up to 300 words)

We welcome submissions from distance learners, who can present via video conference (we will contact you to discuss the details after you have registered).

Submissions for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition should include:

  • Name
  • Department
  • University
  • Title of Thesis / Presentation


The 3MT® competition is open to active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by 18th May 2019. Students who have Graduated/completed their studies are not eligible. The entries can include a single-slide presentation.

Details of the 3MT® rules can be found here and the judging criteria can be found here.

Contact details

If you have any questions at all, or would like to find out more about the Postgraduate Research Conference 2019, please email or see the Facebook Event, PGRC 2019.

Deadline for all abstract submissions: Wednesday 24th April

Deadline for pdfs of posters: Friday 10th May

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.