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ACCE DTP Annual Conferece at York

18th October 2016 @ 9:00 am - 19th October 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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We are inviting all ACCE DTP students, supervisors, CASE collaborators, guests, and contributors to attend the ACCE Annual meeting where we provide opportunities to all ACCE students to showcase their achievements and present their research results and plans for the future and benefit from the interactions between cohorts, network with academics and CASE partners and build collaborative partnerships.

The first day will be focused on research outputs and the current 1& 2 ACCE  student cohorts will be given the opportunity to present their achievements and results in the form of a talk or poster. There will be selected talks from 3rd-year ACCE students and all other 2&3 year students will be required to present a poster with a 1-2 min accompanying ‘elevator pitch’ designed to summarise the take-home message of their poster. First-year ACCE students will present 2-3 min introductory talk alongside one presentation slide. This will allow them to introduce themselves to the ACCE community, and give a basic outline of the background and aims of their research project. There will be a prize for the best poster produced, so we encourage students to be creative. The judging session will be after the panel debate on Tuesday 18th.

Alongside this, we will be hosting an exciting plenary talk by Dr Tom Oliver from the University of Reading which will lead into a lively panel debate revolving around the question: “Can we meet the needs of people and support the natural environment in the context of a changing climate?” There will be a chance to get involved by asking questions and contributing to the debate.

The second day will be dedicated to the students combining a range of talks on what it means to be a PhD student and opportunities to get to know the whole cohort through the student forum. Attendance for ACCE DTP students is compulsory as everyone is required to present work.

Useful information


Both days will be held in the University of York, Biology Department on Wentworth Way, York, YO10 5DD. There will be further details about location, transport, and accommodation closer to the time.

Getting to the campus
The campus is most easily reached by bus (15 mins). Bus numbers 66 & 44 go from directly outside the train station to the campus (Heslington WEST not EAST).
Location of the bus stop at the Railway Station – Exit the railway station through the main entrance, and cross the zebra crossing from where the taxi rank and drop off areas are located. Cross the second zebra crossing to a small island where you can catch Your Bus 66
The conference will be taking place in the Biology department building on Wentworth Way – there is a bus stop by the roundabout at the top of this road.
A PDF map of the campus can be found here and further information can be found here:
If you are late or get lost, please contact us: Cagla ( or Rosanna (


There are plenty of places to stay but they become booked up very quickly. There are a few cheap hostels in town (dorm rooms mainly):The Fort Boutique hostel; Safestay York; YHA York And also B&Bs a bit closer to campus such as The York Priory (Fishergate), Midway House & The Hollies on Fulford Rd, Finally, there is the University’s conference accommodation more info and booking at[/learn_more]

Poster and talk requirements

All talk slides & poster PDFs should be emailed to Rosanna NO LATER than Friday 14th October.

2016/17 Cohort

First-year students should create 1 slide (Power point or pdf) including the title of your PhD, supervisors and CASE partners (if any) etc. that will be projected on the wall, to accompany a 3-4 min ‘teaser talk’. The talk should be just a brief outline of your PhD project, what you will do, why is important etc.

2015/16 Cohort

The second-year students should create an A0 poster to be displayed in the atrium during the meeting. Please make your poster A0 PORTRAIT for ease of display. This should include your title, CASE partners, PhD aims, any results so far.

2014/15 Cohort

We are looking for several volunteers for extended third-year talks – please let Rosanna know ( if you would like to present your work by Powerpoint presentation. All other third year students should create a poster to the same specifications as those laid out above.


Please make sure that your poster or talk can be viewed on a Windows system and is either in PDF or .ppt/.pptx format.

ACCE DTP Annual Conference Programme 

Tuesday 18th October

Time Activity Where
09:30 Registration with coffee and pastries Biology Atrium
10:00 Welcome talk – Prof Jane Hill, UoY B/K/018 (Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre)
10:15  Dr Rachel Jeffreys UoL B/K/018
11:00 First year ‘Teaser talks’ – ACCE students (2016-17 cohort) UoL B/K/018
12:00 Lunch Biology Atrium
13:00 Plenary talk Dr Tom Oliver, University of Reading B/K/018
13:45 Panel discussion session – Can we meet the needs of people and support the natural environment in the context of a changing climate? B/K/018
15:15 Event wrap up B/K/018
15:30 Poster session & wine reception / Management Board Meeting – Biology Atrium / B/K/018
17:15 Student activity – York Ghost Bus Tour Biology Atrium


Wednesday 19th October

Time Activity Where
09:30 Talk on PhD student mental health – Dr Thomas Price, UoL B/M/052
10:00 Knowledge Exchange fellowship talk – Dr Jen Lucey B/M/052
10:30 Coffee & biscuits Atrium
11:00 First cohort (2014 – 15) talks B/M/052
12:00 Student Forum discussion & committee meeting B/M/052
13:00 Lunch Atrium
14:00 Student activity



18th October 2016 @ 9:00 am
19th October 2016 @ 5:00 pm


ACCE DTP University of York


University of York
Department of Biology University of York Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD
York, YO10 5DD
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