School of Engineering

Welcome to the Faculty/School of Engineering PGR Conference 2021

This conference is a fantastic opportunity to disseminate and share research and knowledge within the School and Faculty.

Programme of Events

In addition to the following scheduled sessions - fully immerse yourself in the conference by exploring student posters and presentations via Teams, there is also an opportunity to explore and attend sessions offered by the Faculty and other Schools

Sessions are subject to change - please refer to schedules online to ensure you are always accessing the latest version.

All sessions will take place online via Zoom. Zoom links are available within our Teams events.

Monday 5th July:


Faculty Conference Opening and Welcome

Opening Talk for the PGR Conference given by Prof Stephanie Glendinning (PVC for SAgE Faculty). 


Faculty Keynote Speaker

Faculty Keynote speech given by Prof Hayley Fowler from the School of Engineering.
Prof Fowler is a hydroclimatologist with over 15 years of experience in analysing the impacts of climate change and variability on hydrological systems.


Engineering - Coffee - Getting Started

Grab a coffee and come along to ask any questions you have about the PGR Conference (including last minute hints and tips for presenting), or just to listen to an overview of the Conference schedule.   


Electrical & Electronic Engineering - Presentation Sessions

Part 1: Live 3 minute presentations given by Year 2 and Year 3 PGRs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  Schedule of speakers available via the event listing on Teams.


Electrical & Electronic Engineering - Presentation Sessions

Part 2: Live 3 minute presentations given by Year 2 and Year 3 PGRs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  Schedule of speakers available via the event listing on Teams.


Civil & Geospatial Engineering/Electrical & Electronic Engineering - Guest Speaker(s): Prof Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Civil); Dr David Greenwood (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Prof Giuliano Di Baldassarre is a Professor of Hydrology and Environmental Analysis at Uppsala University.  His research aims to understand how (and why) the complex interplay between social, technical and physical processes can generate risks, crises or disasters. His research focuses on natural hazards, including droughts and floods. 

Dr David Greenwood is a NUAcT Fellow (at Newcastle University), with a particular research interest in power networks, smart grids, energy storage, probabilistic methods and the effect of weather on electrical systems. 

Tuesday 6th July:

Marine Technology & Mechanical Engineering - Presentation Session

Live 3 minute presentations given by Year 2 and Year 3 PGRs in Marine Technology and Mechanical Engineering.  Schedule of speakers available via the event listing on Teams.


Mechanical Engineering - Guest Speaker(s): Tim Gammons; Prof Phil Blythe

Mr Tim Gammons is currently a Director at Arup (world class firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment) leading the Smart Mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems teams.   

Prof Phil Blythe CEng, FIET is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems and served as Director of the Transport Operations Research Group at Newcastle University for 13 years until stepping down from this post in June 2015 to take up a three year, 3-day a week appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Transport (DfT).  In his role at the DfT he provides a challenge function to the Department on the use of science and engineering evidence in policy making and also ensuring the Department is best informed on new innovations and technologies that may impact on the delivery of transport schemes. 


Marine Technology - Guest Speaker(s)Ian Maskell

Title: SMD: A vision for a sustainable future in underwater mineral extraction and collection 

Synopsis: This presentation looks to provide an insight into the demand for the critical minerals and rare earths, vital for the green transition, and how SMD’s bespoke underwater solutions may hold the key to a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional on land mineral extraction methods. 

Wednesday 7th July:

Civil & Geospatial Engineering - Presentation Sessions

Live 3 minute presentations given by Year 2 and Year 3 PGRs in Civil and Geospatial Engineering.  Schedule of speakers available via the event listing on Teams.


E D & I Session – Guest SpeakerChi Onwurah (Labour MP for Newcastle) 

Fantastic opportunity to listen to Chi Onwurah’s (Labour MP for Newcastle) thoughts about ED&I, including obstacles that she has had to overcome and problems/initiatives in Newcastle.   


Civil & Geospatial Engineering - Guest Speaker(s): Prof Alberto Montanari; Dr Beatrice Baudet

Prof Alberto Montanari has a background in civil engineering and holds a Ph.D. in hydrology.  His research activity focuses on the estimation of design variables and the development of schemes and theoretical principles for designing infrastructures for river basin management and the mitigation of natural hazards. He is a consultant for public bodies for environmental restoration and mitigation of flood risk. 

Dr Beatrice Baudet is an Associate Professor of Soil Mechanics at UCL.  Her research interests include: constitutive modelling, fundamental behaviour of natural soils, micro-mechanics of soils and soil reinforcement. 

Thursday 8th July:


Chemical Engineering - Presentation Sessions

Live 3 minute presentations given by Year 2 and Year 3 PGRs in Chemical Engineering.  Schedule of speakers available via the event listing on Teams.


Interactive Session – Research Culture 

This is your chance to have your say!  We are running an interactive zoom session (complete with breakout rooms and Google jamboards) to gather your thoughts and opinions on a range of matters, including: workloads, research isolation and return to campus.  We are also looking for ideas for any social events that you would like to see.  So come along, meet fellow PGRs, have a chat and have your say!  We will be running this event in disciplines, led by your Discipline Leads. 


Chemical Engineering - Guest Speaker: Prof Dan Wang

Prof Dan Wang will be presenting on Engineering innovations on face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof Dan Wang  is a Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, College of Chemical Engineering in Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China. His research interests focus on Process Intensification (especially High Gravity technology, Rotating Packed Bed Reactor technology), Optical Nanomaterials and Devices.  

Friday 9th July: 


Engineering - Year 1 Coffee Session

All Year 1 PGRs, grab your coffee (or equivalent) and come along to this session led by Dr Sarah Dunn (Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies).  We’d like your thoughts on being a PGR in the School of Engineering, particularly in the middle of a global pandemic:  Are you in the UK?  Have you visited campus?  How many other PGRs do you know?  Can we run any social events (when permitted) to help you integrate with the other PGRs in the School? 


Engineering - Prize Giving and Wrap-Up

Prizes!!  We have prizes for the Best Poster and Best Presentation in each of the disciplines.  Come along to celebrate the research we do in the School of Engineering.   


Faculty - Prize Giving and Wrap-Up

The final session of the Conference, Faculty prize giving and the official close of the Conference.   

Downloadable PDF version of the schedule

Posters and Presentations

Posters and Presentations for you to explore are available via Teams.

Engineering Student Participation - Poster/Presentation Submissions

All PhD/EngD/CDT and MPhil students are required to participate, by producing:

Year 1: Poster for the Conference

Year 2: recorded Presentation (approx. 10mins) + 3 minute live overview of your research (max of 2 PowerPoint slides, if you wish)

Year 3: recorded Presentation, which could be from a recently recorded external Conference + 3 minute live overview of your research (max of 2 PowerPoint slides, if you wish)

Year 4+: feedback/questions to those submitting Posters/Presentations. 

Further information and guidance for students is available via our SoE Postgraduate Research Canvas Community.