Festival Spotlight: Sussex PhD research on display – Poster Competition winners

Kieran O'Malley is awarded with a certificate for his winning poster by Prof Jeremy Niven. Image: Stuart Robinson
Kieran O’Malley is awarded by Prof Jeremy Niven for his winning poster. Image: Stuart Robinson

The Research Poster Competition is an integral part of the Festival of Doctoral Research, showcasing the sheer variety and impact of PhD work at Sussex. This year’s shortlist was exhibited during the festival and the winners announced at the prize-giving ceremony on Thursday 9 June.

The posters were judged by Dr Chris Brown, who runs the training programme for Sussex’s Junior Research Associate scheme, and Joanna Young, an expert on scientific posters who teaches our Posters RDP session.

Take a look at the brilliant shortlist on the Research Poster webpage.

First place – £300 towards research

An academic poster on the use of acoustic monitoring to detect barbastelle bats in woodlands. Image: Kieran O'Malley
Image: Kieran O’Malley

Our 2022 winner is Kieran O’Malley (Life Sciences) for his poster titled The use of acoustic monitoring as a means to detect colonies of the barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus) within woodlands. The judges said it was ‘clear, consistent and logical, with useful results visuals and compartmentalised text’.

Second place – £150 towards research

An academic poster on Investigating dogs' perceptions of disembodied technology. Image: Alice Torjussen
Image: Alice Torjussen

Second place goes to Alice Torjussen (Engineering and Informatics) whose poster on Investigating dogs’ perceptions of disembodied technology has ‘strong visuals and content, with a clear introduction and research questions which make it easy to follow’.

People’s Choice – £150 towards research – TIE

Academic poster titled Intrinsic biases are under cognitive control. Image: Clémence Compain
Image: Clémence Compain

People’s Choice is shared this year between Clémence Compain (Engineering & Informatics) for her poster Intrinsic decision biases are under cognitive control (above) and Belinda Zakrzewska (Sussex Business School) for her poster Disguising cultural appropriation as appreciation: the case of Peruvian elite chefs (below).

Clémence and Belinda both win £150. This award was voted for by Sussex students and staff online and in person during the festival.

Academic poster on cultural appropriation disguised as appreciation by Peruvian elite chefs. Image: Belinda Zakrzewska
Image: Belinda Zakrzewska

Congratulations to all our winners! Check out the results of the Research Image Competition and the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award, which were also announced at the prize-giving ceremony. We’ll be rounding up some of the other festival events over the next few weeks.