2023 Research Methods e-Festival

The 2023 Research Methods e-Festival took place between 7 and 9 November 2023. The online NCRM event was organised as a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary focus.

Our programme included 100 sessions in a variety of immersive formats. These ranged from "what is" and "how to" talks, to more research-focused webinars, expert panels doing deep dives into particular topics and workshops.

The event was the 10th edition of the Research Methods Festival, which takes place every two years. It will be the second edition to be run online, with the first e-festival held in 2021. NCRM has run the Research Methods Festival since the third edition in 2008.


The e-festival programme featured more than 100 sessions.

View the programme

Poster competition

The e-festival featured a video poster competition, which was open postgraduate researchers.

More details are available below.

Keynote: Evidencing Impact

The keynote session at the festival focused on evidencing research impact. Professor Mark Reed discussed easy-to-use tools that enable researchers to monitor, evaluate and evidence the impact of their work.

The talk took place at 12:30 on Tuesday, 7 November. It was free to attend, open to researchers in all disciplines and sectors and did not require registration to the full three-day event.

The session concluded with an announcement of the winners of the NCRM Impact Prize. Find out more.

Video poster competition winner

As part of the 2023 Research Methods e-Festival, we showcased video posters from current postgraduate researchers. The video posters were broadcast during the e-festival and attendees of the event voted for their favourite, with a prize being awarded to the most popular.

The winner was Joanna Grace, whose video was titled Towards a Methodology for Doing Research with People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities. Read more and watch Joanna's video.

Ten finalists were selected from a longlist of almost 50 applications. They were invited to create three-minute video posters, which were all featured at the online festival.

The shortlisted candidates were: Bethan Pell; Courtney Franklin; Elena C. Altmann; Emily MacLeod; Jennie Lister; John Parkin; Marifatul Amalia; Paul Vanags; Suse Gibson.

Event details

Festival passes were available for a flat fee of £10, which gave attendees a choice of all the festival's 100 main sessions.

We ran a series of workshops alongside the festival that require separate registration. The workshops were two-hour intensives that were limited to a maximum of 30 participants and charged at £2.50 per session.

The e-festival was be held on the interactive online platform Whova. The platform enables users to create an online profile, pick the sessions they would like to attend, watch videos in our poster competition and network with other attendees.

Please note: festival sessions were not recorded.

Further information

For more information, contact Sandra Gogacz: sandra.gogacz@manchester.ac.uk

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