What is this event about?

Hosted by Cranfield University, the Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium provides 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.

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:

  • Paper Presentations (20 mins plus 10 mins for questions)
  • 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) Competition (1 Power point slide)
  • Poster Competition (1 Image and supporting 1 minute Video Clip)
  • Digital Image Competition (1 Image and 100-150 Words)
  • 3D Installations

To contribute a presentation, 3D Installation or 3MT 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. The poster and digital image competitions are also open to Early Career Researchers and all research students who are at least halfway through their degree.

Further Information and Competition Rules

Key Dates

Submission of Abstracts by Thursday 25th August 2022

Acceptance notification by Tuesday 27th September 2022

Paper/3MT/Poster/Digital Image and accompanying presentational material to be submitted by Monday 17th October 2022

Please note the email address you provide when registering will be used for you to access to the event in MS Teams


Contributors - Free of charge

Students and Supervisors - Free of charge

Attendance at the Event Dinner - £20

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