Registration Now Open!
We look forward to seeing you at the School!
Are you an experimental physicist? Are the lab gremlins getting you down? Does none of your data make sense? You could give up and end it all… but you should come to the QLM Summer School 2017! There are a limited number of places for PGRs from SEPnet institutions.
Now in its third year, the QLM Summer School is a chance to receive practical, hands-on advice to develop new skills, improve your lab productivity and kickstart your future career. Taking place at Bournemouth University Talbot Campus from the 30th August – 1st September 2017, we are offering a varied selection of talks, workshops and activities to help unleash your full scientific potential whether you’re just starting your PhD and feel completely lost, or approaching the end of your PhD… and feel completely lost!
Accommodation, travel to and from the summer school and meals are provided!
GRADnet Introduction to Data Intensive Science Workshop 18-20 September 2017 – Registration now open.
Who: All DISCnet CDT students. Any GRADnet PhD student with an interest in data intensive science techniques.
What: A 3-day workshop that introduces the CDT and data intensive science and will comprise lectures, tutorials, and examples of the benefits of data intensive science techniques as applied to current research projects and induction into the DISCnet Centre for Doctoral Training: What is DISCnet? What kind of training is offered? What industry placements are available? This session gives an overview of the centre and provides information on how you can get involved.
Lunch and networking reception on 18th September: This is a great networking opportunity. DISCnet students, GRADnet students, supervisory teams, and the DISCnet coordinators will get to know each other in an informal setting.
Examples in data intensive science: How does data science give the edge in your PhD? Current PhD students from several SEPnet universities will demonstrate how data intensive science techniques have helped shape their PhD research. Topics will range from astronomical surveys, to numerical simulations and particle physics accelerator data.
Tools for data intensive science in particle physics and astronomy: This session will introduce you to important packages and tools that are in use in the various research fields. We will provide help installing software and guide you through the first steps.
When: 18th – 20th September 2017
Register here. Registration deadline 16 August 2017
Where: Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook, Hampshire
Requirements: A laptop computer is essential for this workshop.
Numbers: 30-35 delegates
The Data Intensive Science Centre in SEPnet (DISCnet) is a new STFC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GRADNET SUMMER SCHOOL AT NPL!!!
The fourth GRADnet Summer school took place on 3-6 July 2017 at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex. The school comprised a broad menu of workshops and challenges led by different employers designed to offer students an insight into opportunities beyond their PhD. A consultancy challenge took place on the last day and students worked in teams to create solutions using the skills they have learnt in their PhD.
AN EMPLOYER-LED PROGRAMME: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Fourth State Medicine; IBM; Magnox; National Physical Laboratory; Oxford Instruments; RBA Acoustics; Things We Don’t Know; Surrey Satellite Technology Limited and WP Thompson.
SPEAKERS: Dr Paul Stevenson, Reader, University of Surrey; Jane Burston, Head of Climate and Environment, NPL and Dr Michael de Podesta, Principal Research Scientist, NPL.
Thank you to NPL staff in particular Richard Burguete and Gill Coggins from the Postgraduate Institute, Dr Julie Reeves, University of Southampton, Dr Laura Christie, Royal Holloway, University of London and Kay Pearson, SEPnet Employer Liaison Officer, University of Surrey and last but not least, Cristobel Soares-Smith, GRADnet Network Administrator for making this such a successful event!
WHAT THE STUDENTS SAID:
“This was a fantastic opportunity to work on a real problem. Getting to talk to a real employer about their project of choice and thinking how to solve this problem was very valuable.”
The most valuable thing they would take away from this year’s summer school was “knowledge and the value of careers outside the PhD. The number of interesting fields is limitless”.
“This has been a very good summer school, pitched at the appropriate level and a good base to meet fellow students!”.
WINNERS OF THE CONSULTANCY CHALLENGE:
Centre for Integrated Photonics (Huawei)
Team 1: William Evans, University of Sussex, Timothy Eales, University of Surrey, Tong Liu, Queen Mary University of London and Erika Cortese, University of Southampton with Michael Roberts, Research and Collaboration Manager, Centre for Integrated Photonics (Huawei).
Fourth State Medicine:
Team 2: Miroslav Mlejnek, University of Sussex, Katie Ley, Laila Gurgi, University of Surrey and Giulio Violino, University of Hertfordshire with Tom Harle, Chief Technology Officer, Fourth State Medicine.
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd:
Team 3: Joseph Allen, University of Surrey, Sam Rowley, James Richings and Azaria Coupe, University of Southampton.
People’s Choice: Nicola Abraham, University of Sussex, Filippo Contenta, Tom Coates, University of Surrey and Kerri Loughney, St Mary’s Twickenham with Peter Shaw, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited.
Congratulations to all the winners!
The Students also had great fun building water rockets after the barbecue:
Photographs from the Summer School are available here:
SEPnet students recently came together to participate in two days of intensive entrepreneurship training as part of our annual GRADnet Enterprising Ideas competition.
Elaine Hickmott, who developed the programme, explains how ‘by mixing the problem-solving and analytical skills developed as a physicist with an understanding of business and industry’, graduates can truly position themselves for success. She adds ‘this may translate into the ability to secure more funding as an academic, being the best physicist you can be, starting your own company or building a rewarding industrial career.’
Ricky D’Costa, a physics student at Surrey, shared his views about the training: ‘I have learnt that being an entrepreneur is not always about financial profit. People can become social entrepreneurs to help society and, whatever profit they make, they can use it to develop their business further. I have learnt to think from other people’s perspective – how they feel, think and process information. If ideas are criticised too early, people might be discouraged from sharing their thoughts. The most important aspect for me was understanding the four stages of innovation: Dreamer, Realist, Critic and Implementer. I am now keen to take my business idea further!’
Have you worked on an outreach, public engagement or science communication project based on the physical sciences? Are you looking to share your learning, celebrate your success and help others avoid your mistakes? If so then the Interact symposium is for you!
We are looking for all sorts of people to put forward sessions and share their experiences of working on outreach, public engagement or science communication projects. This includes community partners, outreach officers, freelance science communicators, the museum sector, creative producers, the arts community, media, and informal educators as well as researchers with public engagement experience.
Whether it’s a project that engaged a new audience, or an innovative way you raised science capital in schools, a new demonstration that encapsulates all the excitement of your latest research, a tested method of measuring impact or even that project that went so horrifically wrong; this is your opportunity to share!
The conference is targeted at physicists and physical scientists looking to share best practice, exchange ideas and meet some new colleagues for potential future projects. This conference gives them time for them to get out of the lab and think about the public and how to engage with them. The content for the workshop will be decided by those attending.
The STFC, IOP and SEPnet are co-hosting the event around the following themes:
There will be two different formats for sharing your experience:
Parallel session / workshop. We have many breakout rooms of different sizes that need filling with you and your knowledge! Do you know a few other people who have worked on a similar area? Invite them along and put on a session together. We really want as much variety as possible! We are open to all sorts of formats, lengths of time and audience numbers, at this stage simply let us know! Please submit your session ideas here.
An exhibition space. There will also be an exhibition space for you to demonstrate your activities in the marketplace. Here is your opportunity to show off your demonstration or that shiny exciting bit of kit throughout the day. If you would like to bring along your activity, please fill submit this form.
Deadline for applications will be Friday 30 June. If you are applying for a session, please do also register for the conference here.
Applicants will be told if their session and exhibition space has been successful by the end of July.
The GRADnet Summer School is to take place from the 3rd to 6th July 2017 at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington. The deadline for registration is June 2nd 2017.
Who: This school is for physics, and physics related, post-graduate researchers.
When: 3-6 July 2017
Where: National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW. Free to attend. Accommodation is provided at the Travelodge in Teddington and rooms are en suite twin-bedded rooms (2 people sharing). Travel expenses to and from the venue can be claimed through SEPnet.
What: A 4-day residential school that explores the wide range of opportunities open to PhD physicists. This intensive school comprises a broad menu of workshops and challenges led by different employers designed to offer students an insight into opportunities beyond their PhD. A consultancy challenge runs throughout the 4 days. High-tech companies come with real problems and invite students, working in teams, to create solutions using the skills they have learnt in their PhD.
Other companies come and offer workshops designed to show what life in a given industry sector type is like and what kind of work is involved.The whole event is threaded through with short sessions led by expert speakers looking at some of the issues that confront those working in science: Outreach, Impact, IPR, Ethics and the like.
Employers participating include: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Fourth State Medicine; IBM; National Physical Laboratory; Oxford Instruments; RBA Acoustics; Things We Don’t Know; Surrey Satellite Technology Limited and WP Thompson.
This workshop contributes 16 hours towards physics skills training and 8 hours towards professional skills training.
Group Photo from the 2016 GRADnet Summer School at Herstmonceux
Collaborating with Industry and Understanding Innovate UK
Friday 23 June 9.15am – 2.30pm
University of Surrey
Join Surrey for this year’s annual Business Development event held on Friday 23 June from 9.15am – 2.30pm. The objectives of the day are to promote collaboration with industry and to update you on the Innovate UK grant landscape including advice on applications and what to expect in 2018.
Speakers will include Dr Ian Brotherston, Innovate UK; Dr Ben Shenoy, Director of Business Insights Lab, SBS; Caroline Fleming, Head of Surrey Incubation; Dr Clive Cheong Took, Lecturer Computer Science; William Medcalf, William Medcalf Ltd. and Prof James Aitken, Head of Business Transformation.
By holding this event, Surrey hope to provide you with:
* an understanding of the many ways in which the University can engage with business, and the benefits of doing so
* an update on the forthcoming Innovate UK landscape (including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund)
* improved confidence and tips on how to engage with industry ways to engage with SMEs
inspirational case studies of successful collaboration and
* awareness of the RIS Business Development Team and how we can help you
Parallel workshops will provide tips on writing Innovate UK applications and undertaking Consultancy and Expert Services at the University of Surrey.
You can find out more about the day and the agenda here: https://surreynet.surrey.ac.uk/events/collaborating-industry-and-understanding-innovate-uk
If you would like to book now please visit the event’s eventbrite page.
Student-led Conference April/March 2018 at a SEPnet Institution to be confirmed
Following very successful events in 2015/6 and 2016/7, GRADnet is once again offering PhD students the opportunity to organise and run two-day residential workshops or mini-conferences on a Physics topic of their choosing. Student organisers will be expected to encourage the active participation of their peers in giving talks and / or poster presentations. In addition organisers will be able to invite external speakers to attend should they wish.
We anticipate that three workshops on different topics will be organised in the following areas:
astrophysics / astronomy
particle / nuclear physics
condensed matter / atomic physics
or any other area of physics with sufficient critical mass across the SEPnet partners to run a successful workshop.
Moreover inter-disciplinary bids on themes merging any of the above physics areas are also welcome.
A budget of up to £4500 will be available to each workshop that can be used to:
Support the attendance (travel, accommodation and food) of SEPnet students (15-30)
Invite and support the participation of high profile presenters
Cover any other reasonable expenses.
The three selected workshops will run in parallel on dates in April/March (to be confirmed) sharing, catering and residential facilities at a SEPnet Institution.
There will be an introductory session targeted at those considering making a bid for a conference via video conference on Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 at 11-12. The purpose of this session will be to:
Explain details of the scheme in greater depth;
Offer students the opportunity to ask questions;
Offer students potentially interested in organising a workshop the opportunity to network and develop their workshop ideas.
IOP Conference of Astronomy and Physics Students (CAPS) Careers Fair
Wednesday 28 June, University College London
WHAT IT IS
• The annual Conference of Astronomy and Physics Students (CAPS) is the largest undergraduates physics conference in the UK and is taking place from 27–30 June
• Over 200 physics and astronomy students will attend to engage with employers through the fair, speed networking or sponsorship
• A series of student talks will highlight the diverse research areas within physics
• A FREE Careers Fair on 28 June will enable employers to promote their company and employment opportunities to students.
HOW EMPLOYERS CAN BENEFIT
• Meet the brightest and best physics students
• Make students aware of your career opportunities whilst proactively promoting your company as an employer of choice
• Raise your company’s profile by hosting a mock interview session, holding a talk or participating in the speed-networking session
• Sponsor the event Gala Dinner for £5,000 or contribute to the running of the conference for £1,000
• Your company’s profile will be featured on all marketing materials, emails and in relevant speeches.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
• To reserve your place at this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 22 May.
• If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com. Visit http://www.ucl.iopcaps.co.uk/
Are you a physical scientist and doing outreach, public engagement and science communication? If so then the INTERACT conference is for you!
The conference offers a great opportunity to share your experiences, gain skills, learn new ways to engage with your audiences and see what others involved in public engagement are doing, all designed to help you develop and deliver high-quality engagement.
The STFC, IOP and SEPnet are co-hosting the event around the following themes:
The detailed content on the day will be up to you decide by voting on proposals submitted by fellow delegates.
How do I register? This event is free to attend but you will need to register in advance. If you would like to be able to vote on the contents of the programme, then please register here by Friday 30 June.
I’m more experienced. Can I share my work with others? There will also be an exhibition space for you to demonstrate your outreach activities in the marketplace. If you would like to bring along your activity, please fill in this form in addition to registering your attendance by Friday 30 June.
If you are more experienced and would like to share your knowledge with others, why not consider running a session or workshop? Registered delegates will be asked to vote on which sessions they’d like to attend in July so if you’d like to run one, please fill in this form by Friday 30 June in addition to registering.
We look forward to seeing you there!