What is this event about?

Hosted at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom by Cranfield University and sponsored by Dstl and AWE, the Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium is the only event in the UK to provide research students and early career researchers in defence and security with an opportunity to present their work to a sector-wide audience. It covers both technological and social science research. The event also includes an exhibition space for industry and other employers of defence and security researchers.

The conference will be held over two days with an event dinner.

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.

We are seeking contributions in five areas:

  • Presentations
  • 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) Competition
  • Poster Competition
  • Digital Image Competition
  • Installations

To contribute you need to be in your second year and onwards if a full time student or fourth year and onwards if a part time student.  Please click here for Competition Rules.

To take part please complete and submit a registration form indicating which competition you wish to enter, then email the title of your submission and abstract of approximately 200 words to caroline@symposiaatshrivenham.com by Friday 28th July 2017.

Key Dates

Submission of Abstracts by Friday 28th July 2017
Acceptance notification by Monday 21st August 2017
Paper/3MT/poster/digital image/installation and accompanying presentational material to be submitted by Monday 23rd October 2017


Delegate - £350 (including Dinner)

Students – No Charge

Competition Entrants – No Charge

Event Dinner £10

Terms and Conditions


Substitutions are welcome and may be made at any time, at no charge, provided the organisers are informed prior to the start of the event. If you have to cancel your booking, please do so in writing to Cranfield University. Cancellation up to 10 working days prior to the start date is subject to a £100 administration fee, after which, regrettably, no refund can be made. Refunds will be processed after the event.

Programme changes

It may be necessary, for reasons beyond the control of the organisers, to change programme content, speakers and/or timing of the event. Neither Cranfield University nor the Defence Academy is liable for any changes.

UK Military Rates

Rates advertised are for serving UK Military staff (RN, RM, Amry or RAF), Symposia at Shrivenham reserve the right to cancel the booking/application or hold any monies paid as a credit toward a full payment.


Access to and use of any presentations provided are for attendees use only, sharing, reproduction is forbidden without the authors permission. Cranfield accept no responsibility for any data loss due to conversion to PDF.

Chatham House Rule

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". In addition to any security classification criteria.

Data Protection

If you have received correspondence from us where the personal or company details are incorrect, please contact Symposia at Shrivenham so that we may update our records. Cranfield University gathers and manages data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The information may be used to update you on our other events and courses. Cranfield University will not share your data with other companies or agencies offering similar services.

Health and Safety

I verify that the Company will accept responsibility for the welfare of persons entering their display space with regards to Health and Safety and also accept that all electrical appliances brought on site have been PAT tested within the last 12 months.


Symposia at Shrivenham events are held on a MOD establishment to which site access is restricted.  Such access may be denied at any time to anyone and, for security reasons, MOD has the right not to divulge the reason for denial of access.

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