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Abstracts and posters

The call for abstracts is now closed.

The Breaking Boundaries Committee encourages all postgraduate research students to submit an abstract for the Breaking Boundaries Conference 2021.

Whether you have just begun your postgraduate journey or are in the final stages, this conference aims to showcase postgraduate research from the wide variety of disciplines encompassed by the arts, humanities and social sciences. It is student-led and provides an opportunity for postgraduate research students to present their current projects in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Applicants are welcomed from postgraduate research students from the GW4 Institutes (Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter), Cardiff Met and University of South Wales.

What to include in your abstract

Abstracts for papers and posters should address the context/history of your work, what you are doing, why it matters, and where you are going next.

If possible, include any actual or tentative findings, or what you think your research findings will be. For interdisciplinary discussions please highlight why your contribution is innovative, who/which fields would benefit, and/or the potential impacts of this for the fields.

It is also very important to remember that the aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to communicate your research to students/researchers outside your field. Your abstract should reflect this by avoiding highly specialized concepts or jargon.

Prizes will be awarded for all selected abstracts, best poster and ‘People’s Choice’ poster.

Abstract submission

Please download the abstract submission form (WORD) and email it to no later than Monday 29 March 2021, 23:59.

If required, an accessible version of the abstract/poster submission form is available.

  • Abstracts will be judged using the Abstract Judging Criteria shown below. Please review these before uploading your abstract.
  • Your abstract will be judged anonymously by the committee reviewers. Your name and work and institution will be removed from the abstract when being judged.
  • Included in the abstract submission process is a question regarding whether your research has received ethical approval or requesting information on why ethical approval was not required. For this reason, information on ethical approval does not need to be included in the abstract.

If you have any queries, please email:

Abstract format

  • The title of your paper should be no more than 10 words.
  • Papers will be 15 minutes – allowing 5 minutes for questions.
  • The main body of the abstract should not exceed 200 words.
  • The main body of the abstract should include the following headings:
    • Introduction
    • Aim
    • Methods
    • Results (if any)
    • Conclusion

Abstract judging criteria

  • Content – does the abstract demonstrate a coherent objective and demonstrate a clear presentation idea?
  • Appeal – does the abstract speak to a diverse audience coming from various disciplines?
  • Interest - is the abstract relevant to the conference and will it be of interest to the conference audience?


The title of your poster should be no more than 10 words.  Further details on the format of posters will be provided after acceptance. Please keep in mind that posters will be displayed online on our Twitter profile.

Please email all abstracts and posters to: