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ACCE DTP Annual Conference 2017

23rd October 2017 - 25th October 2017

ACCE DTP Annual Conference, Liverpool 23-25 October, Merseyside Maritime Museum


We are delighted to invite all ACCE DTP students, supervisors, CASE collaborators, guests, and contributors to attend the 2017 ACCE Annual Conference. This conference provides ACCE students with the opportunity to showcase their achievements, present their research, benefit from interactions between cohorts, network with academics and CASE partners and build collaborative partnerships.

Twitter feed: #LivACCE17

The ACCE Conference will start with a Student Away Day, where students will spend the day outdoors, meeting the new cohort and enjoying some time paintballing. The day will culminate at LEAF, where students will hear from Dr Rudi Verspoor about his interest in the role of insects in improving food security. The last item on the agenda for the day is a session on mental health issues followed by a delicious vegetarian and vegan meal.

The second day of the Annual Conference will focus on showcasing the research outputs of all three cohorts of ACCE students. Alongside a plenary talk from Dr Katie Hampson, University of Glasgow, ACCE students will be given the opportunity to present their achievements and results in the form of a talk or poster. There will be prizes for the best posters and talks, so we encourage students to be creative. First-year ACCE students (4th cohort) will present 2-3 min ‘flash talks’. These presentations will allow students to introduce themselves to the ACCE community and give a basic outline of the background and aims of their research project. The day will finish with ‘Speed Talking’ and ‘Speed Dating’ sessions dedicated to encouraging interactions between students, academics, CASE collaborators and other partners. We hope that these activities will start and inspire conversations, broaden horizons and foster future collaborations.

At the start of the 3rd day, ACCE Conference participants will have the opportunity to hear a plenary talk by Professor Mike Begon on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in wild populations. The day will finish with a discussion of student-led activities and other ACCE DTP student matters at the dedicated Student Forum.

Location and Accommodation

The majority of the ACCE Annual Conference will take place at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout both days.

By car: For satellite navigation systems, use postcode L3 4AQ. The nearest car parks (Strand Street, Gradwell Street and John Lewis) are located in the Liverpool One complex opposite the entrance to the Albert Dock.

By taxi: You can use the following phone number to order taxies or take from the stands at the Railway station. Delta Taxis: 0151 922 7373 Excel Taxis: 0151 728 8888

By rail: Liverpool Lime Street Station → James Street followed by a 9 minutes walk


See below some suggested hotels:

Days Inn, James Street, Liverpool, L2 7PQ 0151 203 1910

£52 BB single room when booked in affiliation with the University of Liverpool

Jurys Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4FN 0151 244 3777 £60 BB single room when booked in affiliation with the University of Liverpool

YHA Liverpool, 25 Tabley Street, Liverpool 0345 371 9527

ACCE Conference Programme

ACCE Annual Conference programme 2017
Monday 23 October
Location Knowsley Safari Park
Time Activity
10:00 Meet on Pembroke Street by the University of Liverpool Nicholson Building
11:00 – 15:00 Paintballing at Knowsley Safari Park
15:00 – 16:00 Coach returns to Liverpool
Location LEAF, Bold Street
16:45 – 17:00 Arrival
17:00 – 17:05 Student Welcome
17:05 – 18:00 Plenary: Dr Rudi Verspoor, University of Liverpool Exploring the use and value of edible insects in rural communities in Benin
18:00 – 18:15 Break
18:15 – 19:15 Mental Health Advice from the Experts
19:00   Meal


Tuesday 24th October, Merseyside Maritime Museum
Time Activity Location
09:30 – 10:00 Tea, Coffee and Pastries Dining Room
10:00 – 10:15 Introductory Talk: Prof Mike Siva-Jothy and Dr Stephen Cornell Lecture Theatre
10:15 – 11:15 Plenary: Dr Katie Hampson, University of Glasgow The ecology of rabies and implications for control and elimination Lecture Theatre
11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee Dining Room
11:30 – 12:30 First Year Speed Talks Lecture Theatre
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch Dining Room
Two parallel sessions
Location Session 1: Lecture Theatre Session 2: Entertainment suite
13:15 – 14:00 ACCE students presentations 13:00-15:00
13:15 Eleanor Jones

Biogeochemical processes inferred from permafrost porewater extractions

ACCE DTP Management board (members only)
13:25 John Jackson

Wild-capture, demography and population viability in Asian elephants

13:35 Ryan Marek

Grabbing evolution by the throat: functional regionalisation of the avian cervical column

13:45 Rich Howells

Carry-over effects of reproduction drive phenology and productivity in an iteroparous breeder

14:00 – 14:30 Poster Presenter Speed Talks Lecture Theatre
14:30 – 15:00 Tea and Coffee Dining Room
15:00 – 15:30 Supervisor + CASE partner Speed Talks Lecture Theatre
15:30 – 16:30 Supervisor + CASE partner “Speed Dating” Entertainment Suite
16:30 Poster session and drinks reception Dining Room


Wednesday 25th October, Merseyside Maritime Museum
Time                Activity Location
09:30 – 10:00 Tea, Coffee and Pastries Dining Room
10:00 – 11:00 Plenary: Prof Mike Begon, University of Liverpool

Rodent disease ecology: from principles to applications

Lecture Theatre
11:00 – 12:00 ACCE students talks
Two parallel sessions
Location Session 1: Lecture Theatre Session 2: Entertainment suite
11.00 Lucie Queste

The Evolution of Flight and Wing Shape in Heliconius Butterflies

Lucy Ryan

Dynamic habitat selection of the European Nightjar on a peatland under active restoration

11.15 Simran Aujla,

The eco-evolutionary dynamics of plant carnivory

Christopher Griffiths

Scaling marine fish movement behaviour from individuals to populations

11.30 Alexander Askew

Irregular depositional dynamics in Northern Spain during the Middle Devonian: evidence from a detailed palynological analysis

Kassandra Reuss-Schmidt

The Influence of Spatial Variability on the measurement of Methane Fluxes Derived via Eddy Covariance in Alaskan Polygonal Tundra

11.45 Martin Garlovsky

The evolution of postmating prezygotic reproductive isolation

Tamora James

Individual heterogeneity, within-pair quality interactions and divorce in birds

12.00 Vincent Keenan

Paying the Piper: faster invasions require a trade-off

Shaun Keegan

Parasite-Parasite Interactions: Beyond Individuals & Into Neighbourhoods

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch Dining Room
13:00 – 14:00 Student Forum Lecture Theatre
14:00 – 14:15 Prizes for posters & talks Lecture Theatre
14:15 End of event

Poster and talk requirements

First, second and third ACCE DTP students should present their PhD research either orally or in a poster format.

Oral Presentation Students should present a 10-minute talk on their PhD research, followed by some time for questions.

Poster presentation Posters should be prepared and printed in size A0. Alongside a dedicated poster session, poster presentations will be accompanied by concise ‘Flash Talk’, designed to summarise the take-home messages of the work.



23rd October 2017
25th October 2017


ACCE DTP, University of Liverpool


Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool, L3 4AQ United Kingdom
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