Research Staff Conference 2019 - Sciences

In 2019 we held two Research Staff Conferences, to highlight the fantastic research of our Science staff, and our Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences staff respectively. Our Science Research Staff Conference was held in The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Research Staff Conference Sciences Programme (MS Word , 122kb)

The conference was opened with a welcome talk by Professor Sue Hartley, York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) Director and Champion for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience. Followed by an update on the training, support and mentoring available and how researchers can get involved - by Dr Karen Clegg, BRIC & Dr Francina Clayton, Research Staff Liaison Officer for Science.

The afternoon included a session run by Dr Sally Hancock based on her research into on Careers and PhD destinations in Science and was very well received and noted by many as the best element:

"The talk on career paths after PhD was most useful as it’s a topic that’s not often talked about inside academia & it’s reassuring to see how many have fulfilling careers"

"The session on task-category assignment, job appropriateness. Helpful to confirm/deny career options."

"Rethinking and re-assessing our career is really important to see if we’re doing what we really enjoy."

"The session on your personal skills and career. Although this sort of needed a full day (or lifetime!) of thinking."


Colleagues from our Science departments gave a series of short presentations:

Sarah Knight, Department of Psychology – Understanding Speech in Background Noise: cognitive listening and the elusive concept of informational masking.

Jamie Gould, Department of Chemistry – Using Porous Materials to Enhance Energy Storage.

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Nikita Johnson, Department of Computer Science – Killer Kettles and Connected Vehicles Establishing Confidence in the Safety and Security of Modern Technology.

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Rupesh Kumar, Department of Physics – Quantum Communications Using Classical Systems.

Ian Farr, Department of Environment and Geography/Electronic Engineering – Seeing Earthworms in the Dark.

Jonathan Flavell, Department of Psychology – Perceptual Processing and Pleasure.

Liselotte Tinel, Department of Chemistry – A Thin Layer with a Large Impact: How do Naturally Present Microlayers Influence Marine Iodine Emissions?