Knowledge for a sustainable world


We are NRIPS, the Natural Resources Institute Postgraduate Society (NRIPS) and our aim is to enrich the academic, social, and intellectual interests of our members. Run by postgraduate students for postgraduate students, the society was formally created in February 2015.

We meet monthly to discuss topics of interest for postgraduate students within NRI, such as publishing academic papers, qualitative research methods and post-PhD career options, and we present an open forum for everyone to talk about their experiences.

We also organise a range of social events – from ‘potluck’ dinners, to bowling, ice skating, and movie nights, in addition to celebrating our members’ academic and personal milestones. Since its inception, the society has successfully organised and facilitated seasonal gatherings for the whole Institute, including the annual Autumn picnic and a Christmas party.

We look forward to continuing and building on NRIPS activities and events as our community grows.

The society is governed by a committee structure that is elected on an annual basis by the postgraduate student body of NRI.

The Annual NRIPS Symposium

7 PhD students standing in front of a screen showing another student during a Teams call, they are all wearing matching t-shirts with the organisation logo

NRIPS's standout event is its yearly PhD Symposium, originally envisioned in 2016 as a professional platform for students to showcase and exchange their research, refine communication skills, and build valuable connections within the Institute. Over the years, this event has flourished into a thriving annual gathering, expanding its influence and impact with each passing year.

The Symposium provides a welcoming atmosphere and stimulating academic environment for NRI and the Faculty of Engineering and Science (FES) students to showcase their research and gather valuable participant feedback. The event’s networking opportunities bring together students and staff from the University of Greenwich’s Impact and Innovation Themes to explore research from different disciplines whilst enhancing the NRI research community.

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From 2023 the NRIPS Symposium will be run in parallel with other Schools in the Faculty of Engineering and Science, giving greater opportunities for inter-disciplinarity and research sharing.

Each NRIPS Symposium begins with a ‘keynote speech’ given by a distinguished speaker. This is followed by three sessions, organised according to the stage of the student’s research degree – early, middle, or final. This format optimises the time available and enables the audience to give focused feedback and advice.

  • 1st session: early-stage students present their work plans in ‘turbo talks’ – 3-minute presentations.
  • 2nd session: middle-stage students show their work progress via poster presentations.
  • 3rd session: final-stage students present their work in more depth, in 15-minute talks.

The formal presentations are accompanied by poster-viewing sessions and discussions during coffee breaks and lunch, with refreshments organised by the committee.

Two students stand in front of a poster discussing the poster’s contents

Certificates are awarded for the best presentations and posters.

A student is shaking hands with the Director of NRI Professor Sheryl Hendricks whilst receiving a price

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