Postgraduate Festival showcases breadth of student research at Kent

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Postgraduate Festival 2017
Postgraduate Festival 2017

The Graduate School recently hosted its annual Postgraduate Festival, showcasing the range of research topics and study areas being explored by postgraduate students at the University.

In total around 100 people attended the event, which included a mix of presentations and panel discussions on a range of topics, such as Life after Postgraduate Study and The Opportunities of Collaborative Doctoral Study.

These included input from Dr Lawrence Beadle, a Business Intelligence Engineer at Amazon, Dr Ben Russell from the Science Museum, Dr Stephanie Decouvelaere, a Product Manager for SAGE Journal, and Professor Charlotte Sleigh from the University of Kent, among others.

The event also saw the final of the Kent 3 Minute Thesis Competition, with six students competing for the opportunity to progress to compete in the UK semi-finals. The winner was Magalie Bondu (PhD in Physics) with her talk ‘Multimodal imaging: a new vision for biomedical applications’. Michael Falk (PhD in English) was the runner up with his presentation ‘How Many constellations? Studying Literature with a Computer’.

There were also prizes for Research Presentations, with seven students discussing their work that covered a range of diverse topics, such as public mourning, playwright Henrik Ibsen, beachcombing, cryptography and fake news. The overall winner was Justyn Campbell-White (PhD Physics) with his presentation on the Beacon Observatory, situated at the Canterbury Campus.

There were also around 50 research posters on display throughout the event, giving students the opportunity to present information on their research focus areas, with prizes on offer for the best from within each faculty and an overall winner.

The faculty winners were Saeed Akkaad (PhD in Chemistry), Annunziata Esposito-Amideo (PhD in Management Science) and Esther Kiburi (MA in Music Composition) from the Medway campus.

The overall winner was Saeed Akkaad, with his poster titled ‘Nanocarriers as delivery systems for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to targeted cancer tissues’.

Meanwhile Annunziata Esposito-Amideo (PhD in Kent Business School) won the public vote with her poster entitled ‘Optimization for Disaster Management – A Novel approach to Evacuation Planning’.

A video showing some of the events of the day can be watched below: