Research Themes Showcase week 2021

Coming soon July 2022

Previous Event 2021

In early June each Research Theme steering group is hosting a short online showcase event to bring researchers together to both get a feel for what others are doing in a particular research area as well as to feed into and expand the community of researchers comprising each Theme.

Everyone is invited to attend. The showcase events are being run to provide all of us with the opportunity to begin to engage with a Theme(s), to raise awareness of the research that is going on in each area, and to begin to build communities and networks within the Themes.

Please take a look at the six Research Theme showcases below and consider which you may like to contribute to. Once you have put the material required (see right hand panels) together please go ahead and complete this form. If you would like to submit to more than one theme, you are welcome to do so the form will react to your choices and present you with questions for each showcase event that you select.

Registration to attend the events will be possible right through to the event dates and meeting programmes are available below.

Registration to present is now closed, but you can still register to attend.

Registration link at the bottom of this page.

Event dates

Rurality Showcase – Tuesday 8th June 09:30 to 12:00

Located in a rural region, the University of Lincoln is alert to the particular challenges and opportunities facing non-urban communities in the UK and around the world. Our research on rurality encompasses a broad spectrum of issues, including rural health and care; agriculture and food manufacturing, ‘from farm to fork’, with a particular focus on robotics and other advanced technologies; and the rural economy, examining issues such as productivity, green supply chains, logistics and the circular economy, and small and microbusinesses. Lincoln researchers are also actively addressing the ways in which societal challenges, such as migration, affect rural communities.

Part 1 – What is rural and what could rural research be?

Purpose: challenge the notion of rural and encourage a broad view of what rural research could be

Provocation: “The rural is a messy and slippery idea that eludes easy definition and demarcation……..As different individuals will disagree on the meaning of rurality , and on the emphasis to be placed on different functions of rural space, so the rural is recast as a heavily contented space. Indeed, it is the complex and contested nature of the rural that has positioned rural space as central to many key issues facing contemporary society.” Woods 2011

A panel of commentators from a varied range of backgrounds will briefly respond to the provocation and highlight the how way we think about the ‘rural’ the influences and constrains the way rural research is done.

Part 2 – What’s happening now in rural research

Purpose: engage potential theme members, share work being done and further build on the idea that rural research can take many forms and have different purpose, methods, beneficiaries, etc.

Two-minute (one slide) rapid presentations of research currently underway in rural settings or with rural connection. We invite colleagues from across the university to contribute a brief insight into their work to help the audience get a sense of the range and variety of research activity within the rural theme. We particularly encouraged early career researchers and those working in less ‘traditional’ areas or research connected with the rural to participate.

Part 3 – Plenary discussion

Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Health and Wellbeing Showcase – Tuesday 8th June 13:00 to 15:30

Producing purposeful knowledge with real-world impact drives the University of Lincoln’s research in health and wellbeing. Working with partners around the world, our academics are developing new insights and solutions to a wide range of health-related challenges, including rural health and care, healthy ageing, and pre-hospital care. Lincoln experts lead multi-disciplinary studies in areas as diverse as planetary health and anti-microbial resistance; proton therapy, diagnostics, and biomedical engineering; improving health service efficiency; diabetes; the health benefits of companion animals; and the role of the arts, culture, and heritage in promoting individual and community wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing Steering group will be hosting three ½ hour on-line panel discussions. These discussions will explore interdisciplinary approaches to the following three subjects in the context of Health and Wellbeing:

1) Stress and Wellbeing

2) Artificial Intelligence in Health and Wellbeing

3) Improving Health Outcomes

If you are involved in research that connects with or overlaps into these areas and would like to be one of our panel members, then please submit and register below. Please include a short bio that establishes how your research relates to the theme. At present the titles/subjects of the three panels have been kept purposefully open, however once the panel has been selected it will work with the steering group to refine the focus and purpose of the discussion.

 If you are involved in research related to Health and Wellbeing but do not think it connects with any of the three subjects, then please use the section in the registration form to suggest topics for future discussions.

We also need questions for the Q&A component of the session.  If you don’t want to be on a panel but would like to attend the event and put a question to our panellists you can do so in the registration form.

Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage.


Heritage Showcase – Wednesday 9th June 09:30 to 12:00

Lincoln is one of the great medieval cities of Europe, and enjoys world-class heritage attractions in the form of its cathedral, castle, and International Bomber Command Centre. Working with these exceptional local resources and partners worldwide, University of Lincoln researchers are deeply engaged in the study, conservation, and interpretation of history and heritage, and in understanding how heritage can contribute to individual and community wellbeing. Areas of particular expertise include digital heritage and archives; museum guides and accessible design for exhibitions and galleries; conservation of historic objects; and medieval studies.

The Heritage Steering Group invites papers for an online research showcase to be held on Wednesday 9 June, 09:30 to to 12:00 on the theme of ‘Heritage’, broadly construed. The conference is internal to the University of Lincoln to capture a snapshot of heritage research at the institution.

Heritage has generally referred (among other things) to the interpretation of the material and archival material of the past, including historical and archaeological analysis, studies of museums and their public(s), remembrance, place-making, as well as environmental history and future environmental strategies. We advise potential presenters, however, to approach the theme as they see appropriate and encourage interdisciplinarity, inclusivity, and creativity.

We welcome short lightning talks of five minutes or less. The showcase would end with a round-table discussion. Proposals are welcomed by researchers at all stages of their careers.

Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Communities Showcase – Wednesday 9th June 13:00 to 15:30

The University of Lincoln is an institution founded by and for its communities, and committed to working with them in the development of new knowledge. A signatory to one of the first Civic University Agreements in the UK, the University of Lincoln is applying its research expertise to a wide range of areas with community relevance, locally, nationally, and internationally. These include arts, justice, and migration; place-making and future cities; parliamentary democracy and community engagement; young fathers, parenthood, and play streets; and community archaeology, the heritage economy, and understanding medieval communities.

The Communities showcase will be an internal UoL event, intending to share existing research practices, projects and insights that broadly explore the theme of “Communities”. Our intention is to develop from this event a view of the many ways in which this theme currently informs our work, with the possibility of creating further inclusive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary opportunities.

The ways in which research intersects with the theme of “Communities” are diverse, multifaceted, interdisciplinary, and nuanced. Communities exist both within and outside the university, at local, regional, national and global scales; they can be defined in many ways, often including notions of belonging, identity, place, interest, and activity; and exploring idea(s) and dynamics of community can take many approaches and perspectives. Increasingly, scholarly relationships with this theme embrace opportunities with, by, and through communities, enabling forms of dialogue and co-production to address the complexities of the broad research area.

Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Sustainability Showcase – Friday 11th June 09:30 to 12:00

Tackling climate change and reversing environmental degradation are among the most important tasks facing the world in the 21st century. University of Lincoln researchers are developing innovative solutions to the challenge of sustainability through inter-disciplinary research in key areas, including climate science, soils, evolution and ecology; water and planetary health; clean energy, energy usage and sustainable supply chains; and ecological justice.

The Sustainability Steering Group invites papers for an online research showcase event to be held on Friday the 11th June on the theme of ‘Sustainability’, broadly construed. 

According to the definition proposed by the World Commission on Environment and Development, ‘Sustainability’ is development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ [1]. It conventionally encompasses multidisciplinary areas of research dealing with but not limited to: green science, biological evolution and human ecology, natural resources, water and planetary health, clean energy usage, eco-design, landuse and the built environment, responsible management, circular economy, smart and delocalized productions, sustainable supply chains, ecological justice, and social innovation. We strongly encourage presenters to approach the theme as they see appropriate and welcome transdisciplinary, inclusive, and creative contributions.

The Research Showcase event is internal to the University of Lincoln. It aims to capture a snapshot of sustainability studies at the institution, to facilitate future networking and collaborations, as well as a baseline from which to develop a strategic university agenda on this research topic.

We welcome short lightning talks of five minutes or less and invite researchers at all stages of their careers, including postgraduate (MPhil and PhD) students. The agenda and the final format of presentations will depend on sign-up numbers.

Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Digitalisation Showcase – Friday 11th June 13:00 to 15:30

The fourth industrial revolution – the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data – will fundamentally challenge and change the nature of work in the 21st century. University of Lincoln research is at the forefront of understanding and shaping our response to Industry 4.0, to ensure that society benefits from technological advances. Areas of focus include the future of farming, agri-food technology, and the implications of digitalisation for food security; robotic hardware, and software and their application in healthcare settings. Our researchers are also leading developments in autonomous systems and digital heritage.

The Digitalisation Steering Group will be actively taking part to showcase the vibrant research carried out by its members from different Colleges and Schools within the University of Lincoln. For this first internal event, we encourage anyone interested in this theme to submit an application to present a flash talk (~5-10 mins each subject to the final number of speakers) on their research in the area of digitalisation. We may also include a 30-minute panel discussion.

Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

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