Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference

SPARC is a forum for developing research, offering a space for postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to exchange ideas. Taking part will enable you to actively engage with Salford’s PGR community, while also developing confidence and presentation skills at the same time. The focus of this year’s conference is on researchers as agents of change, so we particularly welcome proposals that highlight the difference your research could make. 

SPARC 2016 is free to attend and is open to Salford PGR students in all subject ares to present. 

You are invited to participate by presenting in one of the following formats:

Oral presentation: Pecha Kucha - a fast paced presentation format, ideal for communicating the key message of your research to audiences from other disciplines. This involves 20 slides of 20 seconds each, which advance automatically while you talk (6 min 40 in total). If you prefer not to use the 20 slides x 20 seconds format, you can give a straight 7 minute oral presentation instead.

Interactive presentation - we welcome proposals for demonstrations, performances, screenings or workshops. Please email us at to discuss specific requirements. 

Poster - An A1 poster which communicates research ideas visually. These will be displayed throughout the conference and there will be a dedicated poster session for you to talk about  your poster to other conference delegates.

SPARC is a multi disciplinary conference, so abstracts and presentations should be tailored for a wide audience including researchers from other disciplines. 

You can find more details and resources on each of the presentation format on the Guidelines for Presenters section of the website. 

In addition to these formats, all researchers are invited to take part in a Three Minute Thesis competition. Heats of the competition will be held in the schools in the run up to the conference and the university-wide finals will take place during SPARC. 

All staff and students at Salford are very welcome to come and join the audience. 


We are delighted to announce that Professor David Brettle and Professor Simon Chadwick will be the keynotes for SPARC 2016. 


Tuesday 14 June: Prof David Brettle, President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and Honorary Professor at Salford. For the past 16 years David has worked at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is currently the Head of Medical Physics and Engineering.




Wednesday 15 June: Prof Simon Chadwick, ‘Class of 92’ Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford and a member of the Centre for Sports Business. He created and edits the academic website ‘The Scorecard’ and currently serves as Consultant Director of Research and Consultancy for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body charged with organising the 2022 FIFA World Cup. His research has appeared in numerous academic management and sport journals, and his views on sport are regularly covered by the media; he has been quoted more than 12,000 times in publications across the world. The Independent newspaper identified him as one of the top-10 business tweeters in the UK (@Prof_Chadwick), while The Times have called him the 'guru' of sport management in Britain.



Please discuss your abstract submission with your supervisor and check that s/he is happy for it to be published in the SPARC 16 Book of Abstracts. 

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words. Use the SPARC 16 abstract template and email your submission to by 5pm on Friday 18 March, copying in your supervisor. 

 In your accompanying email you should state your preferred presentation format and your current year of study.

Key Dates

Friday 18 March 2016:  deadline for abstract submission

Friday 14 April 2016: all presenters notified

Friday 13 May 2016: conference programme finalised

Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 June 2016: Conference


For any queries, please contact in the first instance.

You can also contact Victoria Sheppard or Tracy Ireland in Research & Enterprise.