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Call for abstracts

If you are an arts, humanities, or social sciences postgraduate research student from the GW4 universities (Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter), Cardiff Metropolitan University, or the University of South Wales, present your research in-person to other postgraduate researchers at the Doctoral Academy at Cardiff University.

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Friday 8 April 2022, 23:59.

We are inviting submissions for both paper (talk) and poster presentation. Our theme for this year is society, culture, and change. Times are changing and COVID-19 has exacerbated global rifts: interdependence, inequality, and climate change. You are invited to explore the ideas and history behind the varied and interdisciplinary topics shaping the future. These changes are everywhere, in every field and are often interdisciplinary; and we believe all fields of research have new ideas and interpretations to contribute.

Whether you started six months ago or are six months from finishing, we encourage all postgraduate researchers to submit an abstract or poster. We especially encourage early-stage postgraduate researchers who will benefit from a multidisciplinary perspective on their work. Our student-led conference aims to provide everyone with a supportive and welcoming environment to showcase your work, discuss it, and get feedback from peers.

Both finished and ongoing projects may be presented; all should be accessible to a wider audience.

What to include in your abstract

Abstracts for papers (talks) 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 specialised concepts or jargon.

Please note:

  • The title of your paper/poster should be no more than 10 words.
  • Papers (talks) will be 10 minutes with 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

Submit your abstract using this form.

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to: Friday 8 April 2022, 23:59.

Abstract judging criteria

  • Content – does the abstract demonstrate a coherent objective and demonstrate a clear presentation idea?
  • 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.
  • Interest - is the abstract relevant to the conference and will it be of interest to the conference audience?

Your abstract will be judged anonymously by the committee reviewers. Your name and institution will be removed from the abstract when being judged.


Further details on the format of posters will be provided after acceptance of your abstract. Additionally, poster printing costs will be covered by the conference.

Further information

The conference is free, and prizes will be awarded for the best papers and posters. The call for abstracts closes on Friday 1 April 2022 and you will be notified of the outcome by Monday 11 April 2022.

If you have any queries, please email

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