Come and celebrate with us

Back in-person and online for 2022 to celebrate Research Culture and Communication

We’re renowned for our excellent research, and that’s why this year we’re looking forward to celebrating Doctoral Research, research culture and 10 years of our Graduate School. The Doctoral Festival showcases our Doctoral Students, their research, and their achievements.

This year's theme is ‘Research Culture and Communication’. We’re delighted to announce Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS, theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, as our Keynote Speaker. Jim opened the Graduate School in 2011, so we’ve invited him back to talk about research culture and research communication.

This year’s festival is completely online and is open to the University of Portsmouth community, including Alumni.

What’s happening at this year’s Festival?

Our 2022 event takes place in-person and online on Thursday 7 July from 09.30am-5.30pm. The festival will include talks, competitions, and panel discussions. The event will be held in Eldon Building and online via Zoom, and you can register as an attendee via Eventbrite. You’re welcome to attend the whole day, or you can drop in and out of sessions throughout the day.

Connect with us on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #UoPDocFest22.


Main Event

09.30am - 10.00am Registration and links to competition galleries
10.00am - 10.10am Welcome from Dr. Darren Van Laar 
Director of The Graduate School
10.10am - 11.00am Keynote by Jim Al-Khalili
11.00am - 12.00pm Three Doc Fest Talks & Q&A panel
12.00pm - 12.10pm Break
12.10pm - 1.25pm Four Doc Fest Talks & Q&A panel
1.25pm - 2.15pm Lunch
2.15pm - 3.15pm 3 Minute Thesis Competition
3.15pm - 3.30pm Break
3.30pm - 4.30pm Three Doc Fest Talks & Q&A panel
4.30pm - 5.15pm Alumni Panel - ‘What happens next?’
5.15pm - 5.30pm Prizes and farewell

Research Presentations

Current doctoral and MRes students across all faculties are invited to submit abstracts to deliver a 15 minute presentation on the day. Visit our MyPort page to find out more.

Student competitions

Current doctoral and MRes students across all faculties are encouraged to apply for the competitions and to take part on the day. Prizes will be awarded for the winners.  

For more information on the competitions and to apply, please visit our dedicated Festival of Doctoral Research page on MyPort.


Any enquiries about this year's event should be directed to the Graduate School team at

We’ll be updating this page regularly so please do check back.