Develop your research communication skills and share your work with hundreds of people.
The PhD Spotlight competition sees nine PhD students chosen to exhibit their research as part of YorkTalks, a key University research showcase event.
YorkTalks is styled on the highly successful TED Talks and highlights some of the University's most innovative and challenging research in a series of accessible 15-minute talks over a single day. In conjunction with these talks, three York PhD students from each of the three faculties communicate their research in an exhibition using media such as posters, video and objects.
There are prizes for the winner of each faculty, plus the overall winner.
YorkTalks last took place on Wednesday 8 January 2020.
Congratulations to the PhD Spotlight 2020 winners!
Arts & Humanities:
Kristl Kirk, Music
Petronel Geyser, York Law School; James Killen, York Law School (joint)
Evelyn Tan, Computer Science
Overall winner: Petronel Geyser, York Law School
"PhD Spotlight is an incredible opportunity to spend a whole day discussing your research with a wide variety of people. They have given me valuable input and a different perspective on my research, that I would not have had otherwise.
PhD Spotlight has given me the opportunity to rethink the way in which I present the impact of my research. I am now confident that I can present my research and its influence in a clear and concise way that anybody can understand."
- Petronel Geyser, 2020 winner
Applications are now closed
Complete the online proposal form and include:
All proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of the York Graduate Research School and a panel of senior academics from each faculty, and nine finalists will be shortlisted to take part (three from each faculty).
Applicants will be notified by Tuesday 12 November 2019 as to whether they have been selected for the final event.
Finalists are required to attend a PhD Spotlight Review Session on Tuesday 19 November 2019 where they will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with their peers and receive support from the RET Team in developing their public engagement skills.
Finalists will present their showcase piece on Wednesday 8 January 2020 at the all-day YorkTalks event.
Proposals should provide meaningful information to help the review panel to understand the context behind and your ideas for your showcase piece, and particularly how you will attract visitors and passers-by to engage with you and your display. Please outline:
Showcase pieces should be visually appealing, well presented, and coherent (colour/contrast/font) and designed to engage an academic, non-specialist audience. Give some consideration to which medium(s), e.g., poster, film, objects/artifacts, performance piece etc., would best convey your research in this context.
What to expect
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