Postdoc Showcase Event


12/09/2017 - 12/09/2017


9:00AM - 4:00PM


The Peter Froggatt Centre




This exciting full-day event is an excellent opportunity for all postdoctoral researchers at Queen's to meet and talk to colleagues across all disciplines, showcase their work through presentations and poster competitions, meet a range of potential employers and discuss the ‘postdoc experience’ with former postdocs and current academics.  

The programme for the day will include:
  • Inspirational keynote speech from a former postdoctoral researcher
  • Competitions for postdocs to showcase their research through three-minute and ten-minute talks, and a poster competition (see below for details)
  • Opportunities to meet and talk to employers across a wide range of sectors and explore academic and non-academic career opportunities
  • Interactive panel discussion on the ‘postdoc experience’ covering academic and non-academic careers
  • Range of networking opportunities and a drinks reception
To register for the event, simply click the link above to sign up via the Eventbrite page Attendance is FREE.  We just need to know which School you are based in, the sectors you are interested in and whether you would like to participate in the research showcase competitions.  






What are the competitions?

There will be three competitions running as part of the Postdoc Showcase - Showcase Talks, Lightning Talks and a Poster Competition.

Showcase Talks 

The ‘Showcase’ talks will give postdocs the opportunity to deliver an engaging ten-minute presentation on an aspect of their research.  These will be akin to a short ‘TED’ talk, taking the audience on a personal journey which highlights their inspiration and passion for their work, its significance within the discipline and its potential wider impact beyond academia.  Participants will be encouraged to present their talk in language that can be understood by an educated, lay audience that is not necessarily familiar with the immediate discipline. Speakers will be allowed to use Powerpoint slides and other visual aids for their presentation.  It is intended that those taking part will be provided with appropriate training prior to the event. Three ‘Showcase Talks’, each lasting ten minutes,  will be delivered in total, one per Faculty.
A prize of £1,500 will be awarded to the winner in order to support their research. This will be transferred to School funds.
Lightning Talks 

The ‘Lightning’ talks will give postdocs the opportunity to deliver a short and focused three-minute ‘pitch’ on their research to a cross-disciplinary audience.  This brief, persuasive talk should provide the audience with an understanding of the speaker's research and its importance within the discipline. Participants will be encouraged to limit the use of discipline-specific jargon and formulate their talk for an educated, lay audience. Presenters will speak directly to the audience without using Powerpoint slides or other visual aids. Nine ‘Lightning Talks’, each lasting three minutes, will be delivered in total, three per Faculty.
A prize of £750 will be awarded for the best presentation in order to support their research. This will be transferred to School funds.

How can I apply to enter?

Applying to enter the Showcase and Lightning Talks Competitions is easy.  All we require is a short three minute video of you providing a short summary of your intended presentation.  All applications will be assessed by postdocs and academic staff in your Faculty, who will select the successful applications to be put forward for either competition on the day of the event.  

The deadline for applications is Friday 4 August.

To submit your video, please upload it using the University's Dropbox solution.  

1.  Log in using your Queen's University Belfast staff number and password after clicking here

2.  Click on 'Drop-off'

3.  Enter the name and e-mail address of the representative for your Faculty.  These are listed below.  If you are unsure who your Faculty representative is, please contact

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:  
Dr Danielle Blaylock (
Engineering and Physical Sciences:  
Dr Geetha Srinivasan (
Medicine, Health and Life Sciences:  
Dr Ciara Rooney (

4.  Select the video file that you would like to upload.

Your file name must state your forename, surname and Faculty. e.g. John_Smith_MHLS.

5.  In the 'Description' box please briefly describe your research (i.e. 1 line).  By submitting your video, you are automatically entering both the Showcase and Lightning Talks Competitions. However, if you want to be considered for only one of these competitions, please state which in this box.

6.  Click 'Drop-off the Files' and you have successfully entered!

How are applications assessed?

Videos will be judged by a panel of independent postdocs and academic staff from your Faculty. The criteria that will be used for judging is available here

Three successful applications will be chosen to deliver a 'Showcase' Talk' (one per Faculty) and nine will be chosen to deliver 'Lightning Talks' (three per Faculty).

You will be notified whether your video submission was successful by mid-August 2017.

Both competitions will be judged on the day by the audience using an interactive voting mechanism.



A Poster Competition will be held as part of the Postdoc Showcase Event on 12 September 2017.  This will give postdoctoral researchers with the opportunity to showcase and discuss their work with peers from across the University by presenting a poster covering a particular aspect of their research.  This will also provide a valuable opportunity to develop the skills needed to develop poster presentations for academic conferences and encourage the development of new connections.

Applicants will be asked to submit a short abstract by 28 July 2017 and will have most of August 2017 to develop their final poster. All postdoctoral researchers are eligible to enter. 

Full details on the application process can be found in guidance document which can be accessed here - Poster Competition Guidance

The best poster for each Faculty will receive a prize of £250 to support their research, which will be transferred to a School account.

For more information on this event, please contact the Research Policy Office (  

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