Doctoral School Multidisciplinary Symposium

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The Strathclyde Doctoral School (SDS) and the Doctoral Researchers Group (DRG) are pleased to announce the third DSMS, totake place from 1st June to 4th June 2021.

This symposium aims to gather alldoctoral students together from different groups, departments and faculties across the university – giving you all the opportunity to showcase your personal research areas to a broad and diverse audience while widening your academic networks and skill sets.

This year, DSMS will be hosting national and international speakers at keynote sessions throughout the event. At the closing session, DSMS winners for the best symposium poster and best symposium abstract will be announced!

Key dates:

Abstract submission deadline:  9 April 2021

Notification of acceptance:  10 May 2021


Symposium Themes


Whatever you are researching, it will be relevant to one or more of the 17 UN SDGs each of which is described here: 

Does your research have significance for the economy?  SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10: Reduced Inequality, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Does your research have significance for society? SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 2: Zero Hunger.

Does your research have significance for the biosphere we all depend upon? SDG 15: Life on Land, SDG 14: Life Below Water, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 13: Climate Action. 

Does your research have significance in multiple areas, or does it help pull them all together? SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal.


It may not initially be obvious which of the SDGs your research most closely aligns so we have provided a few examples:

  • “Symmetry breaking of light in Kerr ring resonators” -> “Applications in Metrology” -> “Improvements in industrial processes” -> “SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure”
  • “Technological innovations in stroke rehabilitation -> “Applications in Engineering and Medicine” -> “SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing” and/or “SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure”

We aim to ensure that every PGR at Strathclyde has the opportunity to participate in this Symposium and tell us all how your research is helping to make the world more Sustainable, directly or indirectly, as a solo project or as a collaborative one. Let's show each other how Strathclyde Research is making a difference.

Important information

Date:  Tuesday 1 June 2021 – Thursday 3 June 2020

Venue: Online via Zoom – Links will be communicated via Email

Abstract submission deadline:  9 April 2021

Notification of acceptance:  10 May 2021

All doctoral research degree students are encouraged to apply!

Abstract submission

Abstract advice:

  • Max length (including references, and this document’s header + footer.) 2 pages.
  • Title text: size 16, Bold. Affiliation text: size 11. All other text: size 12. Authors text: Bold, superscript affiliation numbers. ALL text: font Arial (Body CS).
  • You may wish to answer some/all the following questions in your abstract:
    • What is the purpose of your research? End goals?
    • How did you (or do you plan to) reach these end goals? Your methodology.
    • What has been the headline finding of your research? (If applicable)
    • What are (or may be) the implications of your research:
      • To your research field, to the wider subject, to society?
  • Use language that an average person can understand – this is a multidisciplinary conference, not one specialized to your research area.
  • Try to make your abstract enticing/interesting to a wide audience, imagine your family/friends reading your abstract – will they understand/be interested?
  • You should try and explain the “Research Impact Chain” from your specialist research to the sustainability goal(s) you match closest.
  • You can include images in your abstract but observe the max abstract length.

Send your abstract document using the attached abstract template (DSMS2021 Abstract template)  to:

Contact us

For any further questions, don’t hesitate to email the Doctoral Researchers Group (DRG).

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We are looking forward to seeing you all at the conference.