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ACCE DTP Annual Conference 2018

16th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 18th October 2018 @ 5:00 pm


ACCE DTP Annual Conference

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.

In the afternoon, we will return to Sheffield to play an escape room at The Great Escape Game, before heading to Couch on Campo Lane in the evening for dinner and some light social activities.

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

19:00 Dinner

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

Time Description Location
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

Upper Gallery
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

Emma Hughes

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

Bryony Allen

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

Emily Waddell

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?

Upper Gallery
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

Time Description Location
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

Upper Gallery
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

Adrian Dye

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

Susannah Fleiss

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

Olivia Richardson

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

Luke Nelson

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

Kassandra Reuss-Schmidt

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

Darcey Gillie

‘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 

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.


Prof. Charles Wellman

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 Sara Goodacre 

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

By Walk

The museum is a 25-minute walk from Sheffield train station. Map

By Car

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

Oral Presentations

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  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.

Poster presentation
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

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 ( the ACCE DTP manager for Expenses claim and instructions how to do that.


16th October 2018 @ 10:00 am
18th October 2018 @ 5:00 pm


ACCE DTP, University of Sheffield


Kelham Island Museum
Alma Street
Sheffield, S3 8RY United Kingdom
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