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2-3 May 2018 | The Spark

The annual Research and Innovation Conference has been well established as a cornerstone of Southampton Solent University's growing profile in research and innovation. Now in our fifth year, we are very pleased to be introducing enterprise as the third core strand of the event, in conjunction with VentureFest South.

The conference offers a fertile environment for developing research, innovation and enterprise, promoting the exploration of new ideas and establishing and strengthening partnerships. The conference is free and open to anyone who wants to share ideas and explore how change and progress can be achieved through research-based activity.

Keynotes and platform sessions will welcome a range of experts, stakeholders and partner organisations. We look forward to receiving contributions from students, researchers and other stakeholders, both internal and external to the University. We will also be hosting the awards ceremony for the Solent Futures Student Entrepreneur Awards.

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Call for contributions

Making a Difference will be a dynamic and interactive experience, drawing together delegates from across the research community, as well as business, public, and voluntary sectors, with the aim of fostering change and positive solutions in the Solent region.

We are looking for contributions from academics, students and professional staff engaged in research, innovation or enterprise activities at Solent and the wider HE community. Formats include traditional papers and posters, but we particularly welcome interactive sessions and innovative delivery - scroll down for more information.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 2 February 2018.

Click on the link at the bottom of the page to submit your contribution.

Download submission guidelines

Open to all

A1 portrait format, may relate to any type of project within research, innovation or enterprise.

A prize will be awarded for the best student poster. Please see the competition criteria (below) for more information.

10 minute oral paper
(with 5 minutes Q&A)

20 minute oral paper
(with 10 minutes Q&A)

15 or 45 minute interactive session
Submissions may encompass any format which includes the audience - think hosted conversations, active demos, skills-based workshops and beyond.

Solent contributors only

Three Minute Thesis competition for PhD/MPhil students, judged by an expert panel.

Two Minute Dissertation competition for undergraduate and PGT students, judged by an expert panel.

These short oral presentations are supported by a single slide, and are an excellent opportunity to develop an elevator pitch for your research. A prize will be awarded to the best presentation in both the 3MT and 2MD competitions. Please read the competition criteria (below) and ensure your presentation meets the guidelines in order to be in with a chance of winning!

Focus on Enterprise
Two minute presentations summarising enterprise projects undertaken by staff at Solent University during the past year. A prize will be awarded by popular vote for the best presentation in the staff session. Please see the competition criteria (below) for more information.

Download competition categories, rules and judging criteria