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The annual Research and Innovation Conference is a cornerstone of Southampton Solent University’s growing profile for research and innovation. The conference offers a fertile environment for developing research, innovation and knowledge exchange. It promotes the exploration and advancement of new ideas, the establishment of new collaborative links and welcomes a range of experts, stakeholders and partner organisations.

Each year we identify a topical theme for the conference which reflects developments and challenges for research and innovation. The conference is open to anyone who wants to share ideas and explore how change can be achieved through impactful research projects.

Student delegates, researchers and other stakeholders both internal and external to the University are always extended a warm welcome.

With an exciting programme, and more delegates and contributors than ever, #RIConf2017 was a resounding success. Follow the links below to watch the highlight film and find out more about the research and innovation at Solent.

Research and Innovation: Making an Impact

We would like to extend huge thanks to our inspiring speakers and presenters, including keynote addresses from:

We were very pleased to announce the following student prizes on the last day of conference:

The Two Minute Dissertation prize was awarded to Solent undergraduate Lucy Glen, for her clear and well thought-out presentation "An examination of the attitudes of adolescents involved in a laboratory based intervention to improve health literacy". The judges also commended her very engaging and enthusiastic presentation.

The award for Three Minute Thesis© went to Solent postgraduate researcher Oksana Razina for "Educational Digital Content Strategy and Student Recruitment". The judges felt it was a fantastic, well-structured presentation, with a very clear slide and excellent pacing.

The poster prize was awarded to Laila Charlesworth from Leeds Trinity University, for her presentation "Improving food in residential care". The judges commented that it was an excellent presentation of a very well researched project, with great command of the poster format.

The prize for best PechaKucha was awarded to Solent University undergraduate Ben Wareham, for his presentation "Values and entrepreneurial intentions of UK university undergraduates". The judges felt Ben gave a clear presentation and handled a difficult format well.

Solent post-graduate researcher Aldous Rees was awarded the prize for best oral presentation, for "Are zinc sacrificial anodes a major source of zinc in the estuarine environment?". The judges commended his personable presentation style and rapport with the audience, in addition to very good structure and use of clear visual aids.

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Student competitions: Categories, rules and judging criteria