GRADnet is pleased to announce the list of forthcoming GRADnet Training events for the academic year 2022-23.  

These events are only for SEPnet postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.  These events are free to attend (SEPnet pays for your accommodation and course fees for residential courses) and travel expenses can be claimed from your department.

List of training events:

26 October 2022:  GRADnet Induction Day for 1st Year Physics PhD students.  This is compulsory for all September/October 2022 physics PhD starters. Register here by 19 October 2022.

9 November 2022:  Developing knowledge and skills in Public Engagement Webinar Session 1*.  This first online session will explore what public engagement is, delving into the research and literature around it, unpicking why we do engagement, and looking at how to create impact from engagement.  This will be led by SEPnet Outreach and Public Engagement officers with many years’ experience in this field.

This is a two-part Public Engagement series designed to give you an overview of the engagement landscape, and practical guidance as to how to create engagement around your own research.

Session 2 (see 22 March registration link below):  will be in the format of an interactive workshop at the IOP in Kings Cross, London for 25 delegates and will allow space to discuss their own research and form ideas for engagement. SEPnet Outreach and Public Engagement officers will lead and facilitate this session, using their experience and working with attendees to create impactful engagement plans. There will also be guidance on how to evaluate and evidence engagement, which is particularly important in the context of REF.

We strongly encourage interested postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to attend both sessions.  For other staff members interested in finding out more about the engagement landscape please do register to attend the first session. 

Session 1:  Register here by 2 November 2022.  Session 2 Register here by 10 March 2023.

IOP SEPnet Career Development 2-Part Online Workshop – LaTeX and Vim for scientific reports

IOP are delivering a two-part series for apprentices, undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates in partnership with SEPnet. LaTeX and Vim are general-purpose tools that form an increasingly important part of a physicist’s skillset. In these sessions we will cover writing scientific reports in LaTeX and Vim, from first steps getting started with LaTeX with typesets and functionalities, to writing journal articles and mathematical derivations before exploring the vim and the VimTex tool. You will then learn the more advanced uses of LaTeX and discover what makes it a useful editor to use for scientific documents.

Saturday 19 November 11:00 – 12:30 BST LaTeX and Vim for scientific reports 1:Getting started with new documents. Introduction workshop. Register here 

Saturday 10 December 11:00 – 12:30 BST LaTeX and Vim for scientific reports 2: Getting advanced with new documents. Advanced workshop.  Register here

7 February 2023:  Social Media for Researchers Online Workshop.  Register here by 5 February 2023.

15-16 February 2023:  GRADnet Winter School at IOP, Kings Cross, London.  One day at the IOP followed by one day online.  Register here by 1 February 2023.

22 March 2023:  Developing knowledge and skills in Public Engagement Online Workshop Session 2*.  In person workshop at the IOP in Kings Cross, London.  Register here by 10 March 2023.

27-29 March 2023:  Student-led Conferences at the Open University and Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre,  Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, (arrival after 5pm on 27 March):

  • Open Dialogues Across Physics and Astronomy
  • The imitation game: a growing affinity between simulations and observations of our Universe

There will be a “Call for abstracts” in January 2023 for each conference. 

4-5 May 2023:  Workshop on topological states in solid-state devices as a resource for quantum computing at the University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH.  Register here by 6 April 2023.

10-11 July 2023:  GRADnet Summer School at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex. Register here by 16 June 2023.

12-15 June 2023:  XIII NExT School at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.  Register here.

4-5 September 2023:  Observational Astrophysics at Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex.  Register here by 4 August 2023.

These events are only for SEPnet postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.  These events are free (SEPnet pays for your accommodation, meals and course fees) for SEPnet postgraduate researchers and you should be able to claim for your travel expenses either from your department or RTSG. If in doubt, please ask your department about the arrangements for claiming for your travel.