The eighth annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) took place on the 29-30th September. Sponsored by the Monash-Warwick Alliance, ICUR 2020 included more institutions than ever before, virtually linking our Warwick student presenters with fellow students from Monash University campuses in Melbourne and Malaysia, along with ten other institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Due to our existing digital infrastructure, ICUR has been in the unique position to modify its mode of delivery in order to accommodate current pandemic restrictions. Some of our partner institutions were able to have students attending and presenting in person, some had students presenting remotely and some facilitated a mix of virtual and in-person presentations. ICUR might have looked a little different this year, but it still facilitated and encouraged interdisciplinary networking and discussion for undergraduates around the world.
This year Warwick audience members joined ICUR via the ICUR App rather than in person. As COVID-19 restrictions allowed, we were able to welcome those Warwick presenters who wished to, to join us for their session and presentation in the Oculus.
Each ICUR spoken presentation session hosted up to four students, each delivering a 10-minute presentation on their research, followed by 5 minutes of individual question time for each presenter.
ICUR also hosted a digital international poster sessions with students from a selection of participating institutions submitting posters and virtual voiceovers, with each poster hosting a live question time running throughout the conference via the ICUR app.
Both audience members and presenters joined the conference through the new for 2020 ICUR App, where participants and audience could watch, participate, interact and ask questions without leaving home. No matter which time zone participants lived in, they were able to access to any panel that took place while they were logged in to the App.
ICUR spoken presentation sessions were facilitated this year via conference webinars, accessed via the ICUR App. Over the 109 individual webinar sessions, we welcomed over 2500 unique viewers, making this the largest audience able to access the undergraduate research presented at ICUR since its inception in 2013. Almost 550 student presenters joined the conference via the App to deliver poster or spoken presentations, interact with each other's work, and connect. We congratulate each and every one of them on their contribution and success in delivering excellent presentations and introducing their research work to a global audience!
The ninth International Conference of Undergraduate Research will be held on 28-29th September 2021. Students present their research at their home university campus in video-linked sessions to our partner universities around the world.
ICUR 2021 abstract submission will open in March 2021. Please come back for more information in 2021!
A message about ICUR and the COVID-19 pandemic:
ICUR is a conference that includes participants from institutions all over the world, all of whom will be impacted in many ways by the current COVID-19 pandemic. We extend our wishes that you are all keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times. We hope that you were able to join us for ICUR and look forward to connecting with you all again soon. We are already looking forward to the next ICUR in September 2021.
Find out more at the ICUR Portal
The ninth International Conference of Undergraduate Research will be held on 28-29th September 2021. Call for abstracts will open in March 2021, please come back then.