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 or an ECR. 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.

If you wish to enter more than one category please email Caroline.

Further Information and Competition Rules

Key Dates
Submission of Abstracts by Thursday 24th August 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 - £20

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


Blunsdon House Hotel****

"Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel is set in 30 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside, this 4* family owned and run hotel offers 116 en-suite bedrooms with complimentary internet access, restaurants, comfortable bars and extensive leisure facilities including an indoor pool, gym, squash, tennis and beauty salon. All bedrooms feature new bathrooms with power shower, state-of-the-art wall mounted flat screen TVs, subtle designer lighting, stylish new furniture and ample workspace".

£104.00 Bed and Breakfast Standard Room, per person per night

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

Jurys Inn Hotel

"At Jurys Inn 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".

"The Jurys Inn 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. Jurys 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 are air-conditioned have flat screen Freeview television, high speed internet access, generous work space, hairdryer, tea/ coffee making facilities and room service".

"The contemporary restaurant serves until 9.30pm, offering a wide range of high quality, fresh dishes. Whilst our stylish, well stocked bar, offers further food options until 11.00pm. The lounge/bar area has quiet corners but also gives the opportunity to watch sport/news and other programmes on the 42” television".

"Jurys Inn Group are firmly committed to reducing the environmental impact of the hotel operations through pro-active environmental and social policies. Jurys is the only hotel group to be recognised with the Green Tourism Gold Award at all 32 hotels"

"The all inclusive rate is £87 per person per night and includes Full BreakfastFree Car Parking (either on-site or at the adjoining public car park); 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.

"Booking is simple, just click on the link to the website and enter DACU in the promotional code section".

£87 Bed and Breakfast, per person per night.

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.