Who should attend?
This event is designed specifically for researchers with an interest in defence and security research outcomes, including PhD and other research students and their supervisors, early career researchers, representatives from industry, government and other defence and security-relevant NGOs.

Why should you attend?
You will gain exposure to cutting-edge research being undertaken by research students and early career researchers; a breadth of understanding of key issues being investigated across technology and social science focused research; an opportunity to network widely; an understanding of key policy-drivers in defence and security; and an ideal opportunity to engage with defence and security employers.

All submissions are currently being reviewed, the programme will be released on completion.

Further Information and Competition Rules

Key Dates
Submission of Paper Abstracts by Monday 4th September 2023
Submission of all other Abstracts by Monday 18th September 2023
Acceptance notification by Tuesday 26th September 2023
Paper/3MT/Poster/Digital Image and accompanying presentational material to be submitted by Monday 16th October 2023



Contributors - Free of charge

Students and Supervisors - Free of charge

Attendance at the Event Dinner - £30

Other Delegates - £250 (inclusive of attendance and the Event Dinner)




Blunsdon House Hotel****

Blunsdon House Hotel, BW Premier Collection is a 4* independent hotel with fantastic leisure facilities.  Surrounded by Wiltshire countryside, our hotel is set in 20 acres of beautifully maintained grounds with views to the Cotswolds.  Relax beside green fields and country views whilst still being conveniently located near Swindon and easily accessible from the M4 and M5.  

Your room is your place to rest and recharge.  We take this seriously and pride ourselves on providing all you need for a comfortable night’s stay, so you can switch off with ease and wake up feeling well rested.  You’ll find a Queen or King sized bed, powerful Aqualisa shower, flat screen TV with 50 channels, soft lighting and ample work space.  Our executive bedrooms located in the Pavilion also feature a private balcony or patio.  Open your door to the Wiltshire countryside and stargaze in comfort, metres from your warm bed.

Our chefs cook in house, using the freshest ingredients, full of flavour.  Choose from our distinctive onsite Flame restaurant, our modern all-day Carrie’s Bar or relax in the comfort of your own room with 24hour room service.  With stylish décor, inviting tub chairs and leather sofas complete with gorgeous countryside views, you will find space to relax. We also have an idyllic garden patio area for eating and drinking in the warmer months. 

Blunsdon Fitness+ gives you complimentary access to our extensive range of onsite leisure facilities to enjoy whilst staying with us.  Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or relax in the poolside Jacuzzi with Scandinavian sauna and Essence steam room.  We’ve got the best indoor cycle studio in the area, with 20 professional bikes, state of the art LED lighting and a pumping sound system you’ve never had a workout like it!   A fully air conditioned cardio suite with state of the art Cybex equipment plus a resistance gym with extensive weight area for those wishing to work out.  Why not try a Les Mills class in our fully equipped fitness studio or enjoy a game of tennis on our professional standard outdoor court complete with stunning views.  Perfect for a game with colleagues on a summer’s evening.

You may wish to stretch your legs after a journey or clear you head at the end of a long day.  Our mile long nature walk makes for an invigorating stroll.  Our gardeners allow the planting to reflect the changing seasons so there is always something to appreciate.  

Our friendly and attentive team look forward to welcoming you soon.

- WiFi is complimentary and available throughout the hotel.
- 300 complimentary onsite parking spaces.

Our inclusive rate includes full English breakfast, complimentary use of our leisure facilities, free WiFi and free onsite parking.  Book direct via our website using the promotional code DACU.

£114 per standard room per night (based on 1 adult), includes full English breakfast, use of our leisure club, free WiFi, free Parking and VAT 


T: 01793 721701. E: Web Booking SystemSAT NAV Postcode: SN26 7AS.Username and password: DACU



Leonardo Swindon

"At Leonardo Swindon we aim to make your stay exceptional. It starts as soon as you step inside the hotel and experience the warm welcome from our Reception team, to the well-stocked bar and the relaxed quality of the restaurant".

"Leonardo Swindon is ideally situated in the heart of the town centre. The hotel has its own car park and if this happens to be full then further, public, car parking is available within a couple of minutes. For anyone arriving by train, the main station is less than 10-minute walk away. The location is ideal for visiting the pedestrian shopping area, whilst the Designer Outlet Village is also within easy reach by either foot or car".

"The 229, spacious, non-smoking bedrooms all have at least a double bed. The well-lit spacious feel is designed around our guests comfort. All rooms have flat screen Freeview televisions, high speed internet access, generous work space, hairdryer, tea/ coffee making facilities and room service".

For 2023 the rate is £97.00 per room per night (Single Occupancy) 
This includes a Full Breakfast, 

An Advance purchase discount of 20% is available to book on the best available rates. This is applicable 30 days prior to the arrival date. All bookings are to be pre-paid and are non-refundable.

Car parking is available at £6 per night (either on-site or at the adjoining Whalebridge car park); The hotel car park is accessible 24 hours and tickets are to be validated at reception.

Whalebridge car park is open 6:30am – 11:00pm – Please validate your ticket with reception for the discounted rate.

Free Wifi in the public areas and Free High Speed Internet Access in the bedrooms".

Should standard rooms not be available you may be offered a discounted Superior of Executive room.


T: 01793 445600. Online Booking SAT NAV Postcode: SN1 2NG. Online Promotional Code: DACU



Please note: The information above is directly supplied by the hotels listed and are not the views of Cranfield University.