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YorkTalks is an annual research showcase styled on the highly successful TED Talks lecture series. YorkTalks features short, accessible, 15-minute presentations illustrating the breadth of the University’s most innovative and thought-provoking research. It also highlights collaborations between academics from different disciplines.

The day comprises four sessions, at each of which four speakers present their research and answer questions from the audience.

The formal presentations are supplemented by the PhD Research Spotlight competition, an exhibition by the postgraduate community celebrating the innovation of their research. The competition is judged each year with awards for the best presentation within each of the three Faculties (Science, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences), and an overall winner being selected.

Target audience:

The key audience for this event is internal colleagues and postgraduates, donors, alumni supporters and the general public.


YorkTalks takes place on the first Wednesday after the Winter Vacation Period.


  • Opportunity to demonstrate research to senior staff and colleagues
  • Networking opportunity with internal colleagues and aid to interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Opportunity for PhD students to demonstrate their research to a wide audience

How to get involved:

Participants are selected by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research.

What we provide:

  • Logistical support
  • A professional copywriter to work with each academic to define their research story
  • A professional designer to work with each academic to create a professional Prezi presentation
  • Marketing for the event

What is required from you:

  • Time to work with the copywriter on the content of your research
  • Image ideas to discuss with the designer

Who to contact

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