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Symposium 2017

Meliora: International Student Sustainability Research Symposium 2017

The second International Student Sustainability Research Symposium will be taking place at the University of Southampton on 21st April 2017.  We welcome applications and attendance from university students from across the world. Last year we were delighted to work with undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the UK, as well as Sweden, Germany, Mexico and USA.   This year’s symposium will be about the work students are conducting around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs cover all academic disciplines and we are confident that your Research Dissertation relates to at least one of them - so your work is likely be a perfect fit for the symposium!

The word Meliora is a Latin term meaning ‘for the pursuit of the better’ which we feel encompasses the aim of the Symposium to contribute towards the SDGs.

What will you gain?

This is an event for students, run by students. We invite all students to get involved in the symposium either by presenting their research, joining the judging committee, chairing presentation sessions, as part of the social media team or as a delegate. Students who partake in this prestigious event will develop transferable skills, enhance their CV and augment their employability potential.

The day will be filled with student presentations ranging from a broad spectrum of themes. From wellbeing to design, global politics to community energy, themes will include issues that relate to the environment, society, politics and the economy that collectively shape our planet. There will be time during the Symposium to network with students from other academic backgrounds, engage in poster presentations and gather new perspectives on what it means to incorporate sustainability into everyday life.

Get involved

All participants and attendees must register for the event via Eventbrite . The deadline for registering is the 7th of April 2017 .

To Present your Research at the Symposium

Presenters will present for 10 minutes on their work before participating in a 5-minute Question and Answer session. Each presenter will be given the opportunity to attend a Presentation Workshop as well as the option to submit a poster, that will be exhibited in the Poster Exhibition, for the chance to win a prize. In response to student feedback concerning end-of-term coursework deadlines we have extended the deadline for the second-phase of presenter applications to Tuesday 28th March 2017.

To apply to present at the Symposium please complete the Submission Form .

Symposium Team Roles

Session Chair

If you have strong organisational and communication skills, then you may wish to chair a session. Students who act as Session Chairs will be responsible for introducing the presenter and ensuring the presentation is conducted in a timely manner. All the Chairs will be given guidance on the day of the Symposium. The deadline for Session Chair applications is the 7th of April 2017.

For Session Chair applications please complete the Application form .

Judging Committee

If you have strong critical thinking and organisational skills, then you may wish to join the Judging Committee. As part of the Judging Committee, you will form part of an advisory team who will communicate to the Meliora team on which presentations were outstanding on the day. The deadline for Judging Committee applications is the 27th of March 2017.

Social Media Team

If you are creative, love photography and social media savvy, we need you to deliver punchy updates on the day on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To apply please email your name and a 140-character long message on why you are suitable for this role to . The deadline for Social Media Team applications is the 27th of March 2017.

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