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The York Researcher Festival 2021

Date: Monday 20th September - Friday 1st October 2021

Venue: Online

For: Primarily Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Early Career Researchers, but all interested individuals are warmly invited

Programme: Researcher Festival Programme 2021 (PDF , 351kb)

In previous years York has held an annual researcher conference. This year, the York Researcher Festival will take place over a two week period of time to align with National Postdoc Appreciation week (20th - 24th September) and the National Postdoc Conference (24th September). The festival will provide a dedicated space and time in which we celebrate our early career researchers (PG researchers and postdocs) and facilitate opportunities to come together across disciplines to share experiences, learn, network and develop new skills. We know this is a busy time and it’s not anticipated that researchers will take part in everything, rather that you carve out some ‘me time’ to focus on what’s important and to take stock of your skills and career aspirations. We sincerely hope that PIs and managers will support this.

Participation in Festival sessions will ‘count’ as part of the 10 days professional and career development but it is not expected that participants take the full two weeks away from their research, rather that they dip in and out of what is useful.

Researcher Festival Programme 2021 (PDF , 351kb)

Registration is now open for all Festival events and sessions:


National Postdoc Conference 2021 – full bookings now open 

The University of Liverpool is hosting the National Postdoc Conference 2021 (NPDC21) on 24th September 2021. All registrations are free of charge, including a series of informal networking and engagement sessions in August and September. Booking links can be accessed from the Programme and Networking webpages.
The main event: The wholly virtual NPDC21 is an opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to engage with industry stakeholders, funding agencies, policy influencers, researcher developers and career development professionals. The NPDC21 keynote will be given by the CEO of UKRI Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser. A panel on Collaborative Research Practices will include Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, President of Universities UK.  
Information about the ongoing NPDC21 poster competition is available here. The NPDC21 app (available both on the Apple App Store and Google Play) provides a range of features to enhance the attendee’s experience, including the ability to create a personalised itinerary. For more information about NPDC21, please contact Dr Saneeya Qureshi, Head of Researcher Development and Culture on