Knowledge beyond boundaries

An interdisciplinary student research conference

Call for abstracts - now closed

Share work you’ve completed as part of your degree programme, try out new ideas in front of a diverse audience, or collaborate with other students to investigate a research question together

As part of LSE Student Futures, we invite submissions for the second annual LSE interdisciplinary student research conference, taking place in person during the LSE Festival on Thursday 16 June 2022. The conference programme will be available in due course.

This year’s conference draws on the 2022 LSE Festival theme: how do we get to a post-COVID world? We welcome student research from across the social sciences which considers how we make the big ideas of life after the pandemic a reality, and explores the practical steps we might take to get there.

  • From levelling up and climate activism to the metaverse and NFTs, how do we make meaningful, lasting and sustainable change to shape the future?
  • Does traditional social science expertise give us the tools we need to create new opportunities?
  • Or, should we be looking beyond our silos to find connection and collaboration across disciplines?

This conference is the ideal forum for you to interrogate how we approach research questions, create and disseminate knowledge, and break down barriers between different social science disciplines. It aims to provide a friendly, inclusive space for sharing student research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with an emphasis on projects that cross disciplinary boundaries, challenge existing paradigms, and apply new approaches and methods to re-envision what social science research looks like.

Submitting an abstract - now closed

 Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 24 April.

Presentation types

  • Paper: a 10-minute presentation of original research
  • Poster: a 3-5 minute ‘flash talk’ presentation accompanied by a single poster slide
  • Creative show and tell: a 10-minute presentation sharing an artefact or item with research significance (e.g. archival material, photograph, object, etc.)
  • Performance: an original artistic expression of up to 10 minutes which relates to academic research or study of the social sciences (e.g. spoken word, dance, poetry, music, etc.) (NB: this can be pre-recorded and played at the conference if required).

All presentations will be organised into themed panels and will include time for Q&A and discussion. Each panel will include a discussant (typically an LSE PhD student with expertise relevant to the panel theme) who will provide feedback on presentations and facilitate discussion and dialogue between panellists and conference attendees.

Pre-submission support and guidance

Want to submit an abstract but don’t know where to start? Thinking of a research question but not sure how to turn it into a conference presentation? Check out these opportunities to get support as you write your abstract:

Abstract writing workshop

This online workshop on Monday 11 April, 11am-12pm will delve into the process of writing an abstract, offering tips and tricks on how to write about your research in an engaging way. The workshop will include practice exercises to help get you started in abstract writing. 

Sign up to attend the workshop


Meet a collaborator session (date TBC)

This “speed-dating” style session will offer an opportunity to meet other students from around LSE and find potential collaborators who might be interested in a similar research question. 


General enquiries

Contact us via our enquiry form