Postgraduate Conference

Every year, the Academic Officer organises a Postgraduate Conference, with talks from MCR members during the day, and a dinner in the evening. It’s a great showcase of research across all subjects, and is well attended by students and Fellows.

The next Postgraduate Conference will take place on Saturday 6 March 2021. We have currently booked some of the most beautiful rooms in college for the event, should we be able to hold this in person. Put it in your diaries!

Laura Taylor, Academic Officer for 2019-20, wrote this report on the 2020 conference. Watch this space for details of the event next year!

“The MCR hosted its annual conference on Saturday 7 March. The event was a showcase of the outstanding research completed by the MCR community and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It is very rare that an academic event is as truly interdisciplinary as the Postgraduate Conference at Jesus College. I hope that everyone who attended left having learnt something new and enjoyed engaging with research far removed from their own work.   

Sixteen MCR members gave talks at the conference with all presentations being of an exceptional standard. Our talk judges, Graduate Tutors Prof. Tim Wilkinson and Dr Sybil Stacpoole, had a difficult task when choosing our prize winners. They awarded the Best Talk by a PhD Student to Jake Moscrop. Jake presented a visually stunning presentation where he clearly explained his work on improving pollination of broad beans. The runner up prize was awarded to Justine Provino for her memorable presentation which included a discussion on whether a medieval manuscript is more of a book than a contemporary artist’s book made of cheese. Finally, Ella Monkcom won the Best Talk by a Master’s Student prize. Ella gave a thought-provoking talk entitled ‘I was just in a world of horror and pain” – Breastfeeding expectations and women’s realities’. 

Over lunch, sixteen MCR members gave poster presentations. This provided an excellent opportunity to informally learn about the work of our friends in the MCR. Joy Shih, Belinda Fonseka and Will Duggleby were our prize winners. They presented work on pulmonary arterial hypertension, ‘Calcite (Romeo) and Stearic Acid (Juliet): A Love Story Torn Apart by an Aqueous Reality’ and the Heineke‐Mikulicz non-transecting urethroplasty technique respectively. I would like to thank our postdoctoral associate judges Dr Felix Day and Dr Roberto Sileo for their judging expertise.

The last item on our academic programme was a Keynote interview with Craig Bennett conducted by the MCR Green Officer Will Fleming. Craig Bennett is the outgoing CEO of Friends of the Earth and will soon take up a new position at the Wildlife Trust. Will and Craig discussed topics ranging from Extinction Rebellion’s environmental campaigning methods to rewilding in the UK and HS2.  

To finish an enjoyable and rewarding day, the MCR enjoyed pre-dinner drinks at the Master’s Lodge followed by dinner in hall and a lively evening in the bar. 

I would like to thank the MCR committee for their help and support with organising the conference and setting up on the day. Orla Woodward and Jared Perlo were both excellent session chairs. Sybil Stacpoole and Vanessa Bowman also provided invaluable help and advice. Finally, I would like to thank all of the MCR members who attended the conference and especially those who took the time to present. The day would not have been possible without their hard work and commitment. 

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