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ECR Symposium, 6 July 2023

6 July, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

A day to bring together all researchers at Sussex to showcase, network and celebrate their success.

We are excited to announce that we are hosting the first Early Career Researcher Symposium, a special research insight and networking event, organised by the Research Staff Office (RSO) as part of the Summer of Research events.

This one-day symposium celebrates the work that our research staff undertake at the university and gives an opportunity to explore the different ways researchers navigate their research careers.

Alongside our keynote speech and Career Development Roundtable we will be hearing the competitive pitches of researchers, Dragons’ Den style, as they bid for funding prizes. Come along and vote for the Peoples Choice Award of £1,500 funding!

There will also be time to vote for your favourite photo in our Research Image Competition and see the work of our successful Seed Fund awardees.

The ECR Symposium is a valuable career development opportunity, wherever you are on your journey as a researcher. As a member of research staff or a PhD student you will have the chance to learn more about the research journey and benefit from the experience of others. This event is also open to all at the university to hear more about the exciting research that is being undertaken.

Please join us on 6 July, 2023 9.30-17.30 at Woodland 2/3, Student Centre.

Our programme:

9.30AM onwards, tea and coffee provided

10.00AM-11:00AM, Keynote Speeches

11.00-11.15AM, Tea break

11.15AM-12.45PM, Career Development Roundtable

12.45PM-2.00PM, Seed Fund Showcase and Networking Lunch

2.00PM-5.00PM, ECR Dragons’ Den

5.00 PM onwards, Prize-giving Ceremony, Closing speech

All day, Research Image Exhibition

Keynote Speeches:

In this session, we will celebrate and promote the excellent research led by our Research Centres and Programmes, and stimulate collaboration across campus.

The talks will focus on the subject:

Empowering Early Career Researchers: Unleashing the Potential for Research Impact and Exploring Diverse Career Pathways

Each talk will be 25 minutes long, followed by a five-minute Q&A .

10.00-10.30 – Dr. John Thompson from the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

10.30-11.00 – Dr. Chris Bird from Sussex Neuroscience

Career Development Roundtable:

During this session, you will have the chance to learn more about the research journey and benefit from the experience of others, whether as a member of research staff or a PhD student. We are pleased to have following panelists joining us, who will share their experiences in research and beyond and discuss the various career routes open to you on your journey as a researcher.

• Dr. Sarah Lilley

• Dr. Peter Hurley

• Dr. Bente Bjornholt

• Dr. John Thompson

• Dr. Katherine Parker-Hay

You are welcomed to stay as long as you want, please select whether you would like to stay for a whole day or just for a few sessions.

Register for your place today.

Please see more information on our webpage- ECR Symposium


6 July, 2023
9:30 am - 5:30 pm


Student Centre
Refectory Road
Falmer, England BN1 9BU United Kingdom