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Generating breakthrough ideas in materials science

Royce Materials PhD Research Sandpit - (POSTPONED)

Date :
08 April 2020 - 09 April 2020
Time :
All Day
Location :
Studio at the Hive
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Due to the latest advice on Covid-19, this event is POSTPONED

The Henry Royce Institute is hosting a 2-day PhD Research Sandpit training event offering doctoral students the chance to experience the “Research Sandpit” format, and work in teams to come up with new ideas for addressing Grand Challenges in Materials Science.

Delegates will be doctoral candidates from across the UK materials science community, bringing together a broad range of skills in order to create fresh perspectives.

Specific challenges will be unveiled at the event to encourage genuinely innovative thought.

To apply, please complete the application form  and send to

Why Attend?
  • 2-day event in Manchester City Centre
  • Students will be set a Grand Challenge in Materials Science
  • Work in teams to develop innovative solutions
  • Proposals judged by an expert panel

The experience is a realistic reflection of the sandpit format that research councils use to design and fund large-scale proposals, in which experienced academics are carefully selected and brought together in an intensive proposal-creating environment.

This is a great opportunity to meet and work with students from the materials science community on a genuinely challenging problem.

Info for attendees
  • The event will take place in ‘Studio at the Hive’ in Manchester City Centre
  • Attendance to the sandpit is free
  • Accommodation provided at a nearby hotel for 2 nights B&B, 7th and 8th April
  • Delegates will only need to fund travel and evening meals
How to Apply

There are 25 places available at the Royce PhD Research Sandpit.


To apply, please complete the application form  and send to


Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application and so as to achieve a blend of disciplines and backgrounds for the event.

Your application makes you eligible to be selected for further events of this kind as different challenge areas are chosen. We will keep your information and contact you as they arise.

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be received by 17:00, Wednesday 18th March 2020.
Information regarding Coronavirus

Currently, we still plan to go ahead with the Sandpit but that the situation may change depending on official advice regarding Coronavirus. In the meantime students should continue to apply and in the event of cancellation we will hold their applications on file until a new date can be confirmed.

To enquire about the PhD Research Sandpit Scheme or other PhD support please contact