The Institute’s member-led special-interest groups are core to the IOP and are for any member with a particular interest in a given area.
Among the many and varied ways that members can drive their discipline forward through these groups is their administration of the Research Student Conference Fund and Early Career Research Fund, both of which allow postgraduate or early-career physicists to make it to conferences that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to go to.
Some of last year’s recipients comment here on how attending conferences benefited them.
Second International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics
“My participation benefited me greatly and has been a fundamental step for me in terms of networking and discussions, and a place where I found inspiration for new directions in research on this emerging technology.”
Sixth International Colloids Conference
“It was great to meet with likeminded individuals in this area as well as have the opportunity to share our details with each other and stay in touch post-conference. Attending this conference was an amazing experience, and I drew inspiration from the intense four days of the meeting as well as looking to apply to a range of conferences post-visit.”
Dr Scott Sneddon
58th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance
“This conference was very valuable to me, providing opportunities for learning, teaching and networking with internationally leading researchers in the solid-state NMR spectroscopy field. I was able to interact with many principal investigators who currently have postdoctoral positions available, and I am using the opportunities given to me to attend the conference to enhance my collaborations with them.”
Society for Experimental Mechanics 13th International Congress and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
“The SEM annual conference is one of the few conferences I have attended that encourages more junior members of academia to chair sessions. Although a more experienced co-chair was present I led the entire session myself. This opportunity not only gives me experience in this role but also is a good way to become better known in the field in an international context. I found more people come to talk to me after the session to continue discussions as well as after my own talk.
“I broadened my international network including a new contact at a research centre who works in my areas and from an American university who works in an area I am trying to expand into – both of which I think will be very useful.”
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2016
“I was able to connect with a new collaborator from the University of Southampton who is already using my work and has taken it into a different context. I hope to continue this collaboration in the future.
“Overall the conference was a great success. My work was well received and I was able to discuss it with many experts it would have been impossible to meet otherwise. I also discovered new results in many talks and posters which I would have been otherwise unaware of, and I have returned with many new ideas for my own work, and a long reading list wherein I hope to find more.”
- For further information and details of how to apply, check out the Support and Grants pages of the main IOP website.
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