The annual Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium (DSDS20) is taking place online this year on 10 November. It is free to attend and is the only UK conference to provide research students and early career researchers in defence and security with an opportunity to present their work to a sector-wide audience with representatives from industry, government and other defence and security relevant NGOs.

If you are a full-time doctoral student (in your second year onwards), or a part-time doctoral student (in your fourth year or above), if you are in the final stages of your MSc by research or an Early Career Researcher, then you can contribute in a number of ways:

• Paper presentations (20 mins plus 10 mins for questions);
• 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition (one PowerPoint slide);
• Poster competition;
• Digital image competition (one image and 100-150 words).

The poster and digital image competitions are open to all doctoral students.

All you need to do is to complete and submit a registration form indicating which competition you wish to enter. Then email the title and a short abstract to by Wednesday 16 September.

The symposium covers the social sciences as well as the technical and scientific aspects of Defence and Security and our interpretation of the subject area is very broad. If you are not sure if your work will fit the criteria, then email for advice.

Outputs from last year’s Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium can be viewed at:

The conference is free to attend. Last year there were students and delegates from approximately 40 different institutions and organisations in attendance, so make sure you do not miss out this year!

For further details and to register, please visit the symposium website at:

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