The plans for this year’s SPARC conference are progressing nicely. You will see from the logo and link on the right hand side of this blog that the call for papers has gone out – the deadline is 12 April, and you can find more details on our conference website.
The two day conference is open to postgraduate researchers at all universities, and it’s a great way of meeting fellow PhD students. The first day of the conference will be rounded off with a trip to Old Trafford, the Manchester United Football Ground, for an evening meal in a rather impressive room overlooking the pitch. Delegates can also go on a tour of the grounds. But it’s not all about socialising and visiting the iconic sights of Manchester …. There is an academic aspect to it too.
The conference is completely cross-disciplinary. It doesn’t have a single unifying theme, but we always receive enough proposals to be able to organise really interesting, individually themed panels, which bring together papers with overlapping interests. In other words, the programme is shaped by you and your research topics. This year, we are also interested in organising some of the panels around the University’s six themes – you can find more details about these on the website.
Whatever kind of research you’re involved in, SPARC offers the ideal forum to promote it to new audiences. We are inviting a wide range of presentation formats, to accommodate practice-based and applied research as well as more traditional research. If you are in the early stages of your PhD, you may prefer to present a poster. An added incentive here is the prize (£200) which will be awarded for the best poster voted for by the conference delegates.
The conference organising committee includes members of the Graduate Studies team, experienced academics from across disciplines, and Salford PhD students. We look forward to receiving your abstracts, and we will be letting you know if your abstract has been accepted by no later than the 7 May.
The conference is free to attend, but there will be a token fee for anyone wishing to attend the evening meal and Manchester Utd tour (£10).
If you have any queries at all, please contact Victoria Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org