16 – 18 October 2018
Sheffield, Kelham Island Museum
All students, supervisors, CASE partners, and other contributors are invited to Sheffield to participate in this year’s ACCE DTP Annual Conference. The annual conference provides ACCE students with a fantastic opportunity to present their achievements and engage in collaborative activities across cohorts and institutions. The 2018 ACCE conference also represents the first to showcase the accomplishments of graduates from the DTP, and we heartily encourage all students from the first ACCE cohort to attend once more. We hope that the activities and talks planned will be enjoyable and inclusive of all research backgrounds within the delegation.
You should register to attend by filling the registration form.ACCE Annual Conference Programme 2018
Conference programme and activities
Tue 16 October 2018
The first day of the conference is reserved for students’ day.
Activities will begin in the morning as we take a coach from Sheffield to the Blue John Caverns and enjoy the surrounding countryside with lunch.
10:00 Meet for the coach on Bolsover Street 11:00 – 13:30 Tours of Blue John Caverns and walk around Mam Tor (Lunch provided) 13:30 Coach back to Sheffield 15:00 – 17:00 Escape room at The Great Escape Game, Vicar Lane 18:30 – 19:00 Arrival at Couch on Campo Lane 19:00 Dinner 19:30 Fun and games
ACCE Students' Away Day programme
10:00 Meet for the coach on Bolsover Street
11:00 – 13:30 Tours of Blue John Caverns and walk around Mam Tor (Lunch provided)
13:30 Coach back to Sheffield
15:00 – 17:00 Escape room at The Great Escape Game, Vicar Lane
18:30 – 19:00 Arrival at Couch on Campo Lane
19:30 Fun and games
Wed 17 October 2018 and Thu 18 October 2018
Over the main two days (Weds 17th – Thurs 18th Oct) the ACCE Annual Conference will take place in the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield.
The full schedule is below, and we are delighted to announce that we have invited three amazing plenary talks from Dr Adam Rutherford, Dr Sara Goodacre and Prof. Charles Wellman. Our plenary speakers will take part in a Debate: What is our responsibility for how science is communicated, and are we doing enough?
Over the course of the conference, all first-year ACCE students (5th cohort) will introduce themselves to the ACCE community through 2-minute‘ flash talks’, and all other ACCE students will present their research either in poster or oral form.
In addition to research-based presentations, we will have a supervisor and CASE partner ‘speed dating’ session to further integrate delegates across cohorts and institutions, and to enable a helpful exchange of ideas and advice. We will be providing 2 (30-minute) seminars by Steve Dudley #TheTweetingBird: Using social media effectively to promote your research and Darcey Gillie – ‘Careering’ through your PhD- What you need to succeed for students and staff alike
The third day will culminate with a student forum to discuss ACCE activities and other matters arising.
Wednesday 17 October programme
|09:30 – 10:00||Registration, coffee & pastries||Reception Area|
|10:00 – 10:15||Welcome from the organisers & Dr Dylan Childs||Upper Gallery|
|10:15 – 11:00||Plenary: Dr Adam Rutherford
What we talk about when we talk about science
|11:00 – 11:30||First-year speed talks (Group 1)||Upper Gallery|
|11:30 – 12:00||Mental health awareness during your PhD – Sheffield IAPT||Upper Gallery|
|12:00||River Don Engine run|
|12:00 – 12:45||Lunch|
|Location:||Upper Gallery||Metal lab|
|12:45 – 14:00||Debate: What is our responsibility for how science is communicated, and are we doing enough?
Panel: Dr Adam Rutherford, Dr Alison Wright, Dr Sara Goodacre and Dr Andrew Beckerman
|Management board meeting
(ACCE DTP MB members only)
|14:00 – 15:00 Student talks 2 parallel sessions|
|Location||Power Lab||Upper Gallery|
|Sessions||Evolutionary||Ecology & Biodiversity|
|14:00 – 14:15||Thea Rogers
Gene copy number variation and female-specific selection on the avian W chromosome
The effects of secondary forest regeneration on avian phylogenetic diversity
|14:15 – 14:30||Holly Coombes
Competitive ability and scent mark investment in groups of male bank voles, Myodes glareolus
Multi-host pathogens and multi-parasitised hosts: an individual-level approach to understanding transmission of two pathogens across three amphibian host species.
|14:30 – 14:45||Callum Scott
Environmental Change and the Emergence of Human Personality Variation
Factors affecting exotic establishment in tropical forest fragments
|14:45 – 15:00||Bruna Cama
Evolution and diversity of pheromones in Heliconiini butterflies.
|Stephanie Law Darker ants dominate the canopy: colour lightness of ant assemblages is vertically stratified.|
|15:00 – 15:20||Coffee break|
|15:20 – 16:05||Plenary: Dr Sara Goodacre, University of Nottingham
Arachnoglobia: What makes a spider fly?
|16:05 – 16:50||Graduate Showcase||Upper Gallery|
|16:05 – 16:20||Vincent Keenan
Getting the most out of ACCE
|16:20 – 16:35||Alexander Askew
Revealing hidden treasures: the palynology of northern Spain at the dawn of forests
|16:35 – 16:50||Rebecca Senior
Global loss of climate connectivity in tropical forests
|16:50 – 17:10||Supervisor + CASE Partner “Speed dating”|
|17:10||Wine & Poster reception||Upper Gallery|
Thursday 18 October Programme
|09:30 – 09:45||Coffee & pastries||Reception Area|
|09:45 – 10:15||First year speed talks (Group 2)||Upper Gallery|
|10:15 – 11:00||Plenary: Prof Charles Wellman, Sheffield
The invasion of the land by plants and its impact on the environment of planet Earth
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee break|
|11:30 – 12:45 Student talks 2 parallel sessions|
|Location||Power Lab||Upper Gallery|
|Sessions||Palaeo & Geosciences||Climate change, Conservation & Human Impact|
|11:30 – 11:45||Jo Hornsey
Mapping and dating Late Holocene moraines to understand glacier response to climate change in the Himalaya
Cold ice in a warm bath? Proglacial lake temperature observations from an actively calving Arctic glacier front and space
|11:45 – 12:00||Emma Lewington
Unravelling large-scale subglacial drainage distribution and characteristics from their geomorphological imprint
Predicting locations suitable for oil palm expansion: Will zero-deforestation policies put grasslands at risk?
|12:00 – 12:15||Ambrose McCarron
The Late Quaternary NW Pacific: Regional climate and ice extents as seen in marine cores
To mow or not to mow? Public perception of urban roadside verge management
|12:15 – 12:30||Graham Rush
Rapid sea-level rise and climate change: lessons from the Early Holocene
The impact of agricultural intensification on wintering habitat of long-distance migrants
|12:30 – 12:45||Martha Gibson
British Zechstein palynomorphs suggests a wetter Late Permian environment
Understanding spatial variability of methane fluxes in Arctic polygonal tundra through footprint modelling
|12:45 – 13:30||Lunch|
|2 Seminars||Upper Gallery|
|13:30 – 14:30||Steve Dudley
Using social media effectively to promote your research
‘Careering’ through your PhD – What you need to succeed
|14:30 – 14:55||Student forum||Upper Gallery|
|14:55 – 15:00||Prizes||Upper Gallery|
|15:00||End of event|
Invited Plenary speakers
Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On the radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.
On television, his latest series, The Beauty of Anatomy, is on BBC4 in August 2014, on the role of the human dissection in art. Adam also presented the award-winning Horizon: Playing God (BBC2, Jan 2012); The Gene Code (BBC4, Apr 2011); and the award-winning The Cell (BBC4, Sept 2009). Adam is a movie geek, and has been a scientific advisor to Björk’s movie Biophilia Live, and worked on World War Z, The Secret Service (2014) and Ex Machina (2015). His critically acclaimed first book, Creation – on the origin and future of life – was published in 2013, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is currently writing his second, and third. Adam has a PhD in Genetics, a degree in evolutionary biology is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL, and is a former Editor at the journal Nature.
Charles Wellman is a Professor at the Dept of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield. His research addresses the highly topical and controversial problem of the origin and early evolution of land plants. His research integrates evidence from both fossil and living plants. Fossil evidence is in the form of early land plant megafossils and dispersed microfossils—spores and fragments. He is working on material from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and Spitsbergen. I study living plants to interpret the earliest land plant fossils through, specifically: cladistic analyses of evolutionary relationships, molecular clock analyses of evolutionary divergence times, analysis of physiological adaptations required for plants to invade the land (particularly Evo-Devo studies on the molecular genetics of spore/pollen wall development).
He is also exploring the impact of the invasion of the land by plants on global change. This has led to research into developing a novel (and currently only) proxy for past UV-B radiation. In recent years he had also extended his research back in time to examine a previously neglected research area considering the ‘algal scum’ that inhabited the land before it was invaded by plants.
Dr Goodacre is the Nottingham lead for Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) which is a citizen science project aimed at engaging people of all ages to learn about and interact with the outdoor environment. It teaches people about how to identify species such as beetles and worms, and how to use lichens as indicators of air quality. Previous TV appearances have included BBC 4’s Spider house, broadcast in autumn 2014 and the One Show which filmed Dr Goodacre on two occasions – spider sailing and spiders flying, respectively. Dr Goodacre also assisted Tiger Productions film the Galapagos Attenborough series and with ITV’s Bear Grylls series within the UK. Examples of other media include The Guardian’s Ask An Expert on why spiders stick to walls and ceilings; BBC science Welcome to the spider lab and BBC world service radio interview- Sail away spider. Dr Goodacre is very happy to help give spiders some positive press and often comments on ‘false widow’ stories, trying to dispel some of the unwarranted fear about these creatures.
How to reach and logistics
The museum is a 25-minute walk from Sheffield train station. Map
For SatNav use Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8RY. Free visitor parking is located on the main museum site (50 spaces) and the overflow car park located adjacent to Kelham Island Brewery and the Fat Cat pub on Alma Street.
By Bus, tram or taxi
For bus and tram information see; Kelham Island Museum
Sheffield City Taxis: 0114 239 3939
New first-year PhDs – You are not expected to present any results or plans for your project. Instead, you will be asked to give a short 2-minute ‘speed talk’ to the delegation on your project to outline your research aims and why your research is important.
As a visual aid, you should submit a single, simple landscape slide (powerpoint or pdf) including the title of your PhD and the names of your supervisors/CASE partners (if applicable) to email@example.com by Wednesday 10th Oct. Please do not be anxious about this presentation- nobody is expecting you to have any specialised knowledge; it is merely an introduction to you and your field.
Other ACCE Students presenting will be expected to prepare a 10-minute talk on their PhD research, which will be followed by some time for questions.
Posters should be prepared and printed in size A0. The dedicated poster session will take place on the 17 Oct at 17:10 together with the wine reception. List of poster order and numbers will be distributed on the day. You will be asked to present your poster on a dedicated numbered poster board.
Please send any enquiries regarding the ACCE conference attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter feed: #SheffACCE18
All ACCE students will be expected to arrange their own travel/accommodation for the conference. If you are a new ACCE DTP student (just started) once enrolled in your PhD, you will receive a research support grant (RTSG) so that you can claim your expenses on that account. You will need to claim your expenses from your host University.
If you are a graduate or graduating ACCE student (First ACCE cohort), ACCE DTP will cover your travel and accommodation expenses to attend the Annual Conference in Sheffield. ACCE DTP will also cover the expenses of the CASE partners and the invited speakers. Please contact Veni Koleva (email@example.com) the ACCE DTP manager for Expenses claim and instructions how to do that.