Conference feedback

Thank you for spending your Saturday at the OxFEST conference 2016. It was our pleasure to meet you all and we hope you enjoyed the day!

We would greatly appreciate if those of you who attended could please fill in the survey below, so that we can learn from your feedback and create an even better conference next year.

Many thanks and we hope to see you next year!

With best wishes,

OxFEST conference team




Panel discussion speakers have been announced!

As last minute preparations for the conference are underway, we hope that you’re as excited about our terrific speakers as we are. More information about the panel discussion can be found here: . Also a couple of small changes have been made to our schedule.

Don’t forget to join our Facebook event, as other useful information might be posted there:

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

Calling for Student Speakers – abstract deadline Sunday 14th February

As part of our conference, we are looking for 6 inspiring female PhD students in STEM fields to deliver a short presentation on their research areas and about themselves. This is the perfect opportunity to transform your study to a source of inspiration, and to stand in front of the audience as one of the female role models who have dedicated their passion to a specific STEM subject. If you think you fit the bill, please scroll down for more details:

• By delivering the presentation, we hope to show audience a wide diversity of interesting, absorbing, or even mind-blowing research areas, and provide them with a deeper insight into females in academia

Structure of the presentation:
• A total of 15 minutes with 10 minutes on the research area, and the rest about the speaker herself, including why you decided to do a PhD/work in your current research field

• We are looking for speakers who are able to elaborate their research topics in 10 minutes and make it engaging and understandable for a general scientific audience

To apply:
• Email with an abstract for your presentation – make sure it is concise and understandable, and most importantly, appealing to someone who might never have heard of your research topic but with a general scientific background.
• You can also send us a short video clip (1-2 mins long), where you introduce yourself and what your presentation will be on. This is strongly recommended because it allows us to see you in person.

Here is an extra bonus for the presenters! All PhD speakers enjoy free conference entrance and are cordially invited to the conference dinner with our keynote speakers and committee members, with your places paid for by OxFEST.




OxFEST Annual Conference Poster Competition 2016: prizes to be won! – abstract deadline Sunday 14th February

OxFEST Annual Conference Poster Competition 2016: abstract submission deadline Sunday 14th February

Applicant requirement: must be a female undergraduate or postgraduate reading any STEM subject

Submission to: please send your abstract of no more than 200 words to

First prize: £150 to be spent on academically-relevant activities
2 runner-up prizes: £75 to be spent on academically-relevant activities

OxFEST’s 5th annual conference is proudly holding a Research Poster Competition for a General Scientific Audience which offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to meet, showcase and discuss the innovative research they are undertaking, thereby providing them with an opportunity to network and raise the profile of their research.

Your abstract will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Does the abstract explain your research in a clear, concise manner that someone without prior knowledge of the subject can understand?
  • Does the abstract explain why the research is important and relevant?
  • Does the abstract follow a clear and logical layout?
  • Does the abstract use lay terms to explain difficult science?

Successful applicants will be informed by February 21st 2016 to prepare and print their poster. The posters will be displayed and judged during OxFEST’s annual conference on March 5th 2016, where we are expecting 200 people from various areas of STEM research and industry. We believe this will generate interesting discussions among students, academics and industry professionals. We’re looking for great presentation skills in explaining your research to a general scientific audience!