Training and other events: May 2019-July 2019

Please find below a table of all upcoming XM² training and other events from May 2019 until July 2019 as far as planning currently allows and subject to change. Please note that some locations and events have been updated and added since the previous month’s table.

PGRs, please highlight any XM²-training related absence times to your supervisors. In regards to annual leave or other absence time planning: All confirmed events have been sent to the PGRs via a calendar invitation, but please ensure to check the CDT in Metamaterials Outlook calendar and to liaise with your supervisors and the CDT in Metamaterials office () for approval BEFORE you make any bookings, as there might be a few more events coming up that are yet to be confirmed.

Supervisors, please be mindful of the XM² events when setting expectations on research deliverables with the PGRs.

May
01.05.19 CDT Groups All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Amory A239C, Queens MR1, Queens D, Harrison 171
07.05.19-09.05.19 Month 6 Presentations 1st years 08:30-11:15 Harrison 170
10.05.19 CDT Colloquium: Steve
Barnett (title TBC)
All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Blue
13.05.19 IP and Business Awareness 3rd years 12:30-13:30 Harrison 209
17.05.19 Gooch and Housego Industry Visit 1st years 08:30-16:30 Torquay
21.05.19-22.05.19 Project Management Training 1st years 09:00-16:30 Physics SCR
29.05.19 CDT Groups All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Amory A239C, Queens MR1, Harrison 171, Old Library Research Seminar Room A/B
June
14.06.19 CDT Colloquium: Joaquin Rossier (title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Streatham Court D
25.06.19 NPL Visit 4th years 12:30-13:30 Streatham Court D
28.06.19 Beyond a Phd: Irina Khromova and Sathya Sreetharaman All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Queens LT1
July
05.07.19 CDT Colloquium: Vihar Georgiev (Title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Queens LT1
15.07.19 Summer Graduation Celebration Event All CDT and graduates 11:30-13:30 Northcott Theatre bar
19.07.19 Dyson Industry Visit 3rd years 08:30-17:00 Dyson

 

“You should sell this concept” – great feedback on our STEM industry careers event

Some of the particpants and exhibitors at our STEM industry careers event for PhD students and postdocs in April 2019 (Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, Exeter).

“You should sell this concept. The engagement with industry was impressive. Also, we made a couple of useful business to business contacts!” ( Charmyn Hall, HR Director, Plasma Technology at Oxford Instruments)

The CDT in Metamaterials hosted its annual STEM industry careers event for PhD students and postdocs on 18 April 2019. We welcomed representatives from quite a wide range of businesses where STEM PhDs could find themselves working in: Babwe Barton Enterprise, BAE Systems, DST Innovations, Granted Consultancy, IOP, Morpheus, NPL, Oxford Instruments, and WaveOptics.

The 15 minute company pitches on who they are, and who they are looking for, was hugely insightful – attitude, mindset, self-starters, problem-solving, and adaptability were key words alongside technical skills requirements.

“The event was fantastic at introducing a wide range of potential employers to PGR’s.  It really opened my eyes to possible future careers.” ( Milly Owens, PhD student in Engineering)

A special mention to our CDT in Metamaterials PhD students Conor Price (1st year) and Julia de Pineda Gutiérrez (3rd year): They agreed a few minutes prior event start to chairing the morning and afternoon sessions, respectively, keeping our speakers on time and moderating the Q&A sessions. They’ve done a very good job on this short notice ‘training opportunity’ to expand their experiences. Well done both!

To quote from our PGR-led twitter post: “A huge thank you to all of the companies who attended our Industrial Careers Event 2019. Their stimulating talks on the career paths open to our PGRs might just lead to future meetings as employees rather than students we hope!”

In short: we’re pleased to see that it was such a successful event and will aim to host it again in spring 2020. Put your company suggestions forward and we’ll try to get them on board for the next careers event!

“The event was great, I enjoyed particularly that HR and internal recruiters were there to answer questions, it really makes the event rich and productive for all!” ( Dr Adolfo de Sanctis, Research Fellow in the Centre for Graphene Science)

Careers event: 18 April 2019

On 18 April 2019 we will see the second edition of our STEM PhD student/postdoc-focussed careers event.

A range of organisations (e.g. Babwe Barton Enterprise, BAE Systems, Granted Consultancy, IBM, NPL, Oxford Instruments, WaveOptics) will introduce themselves in 15 minute talks as potential employers, outlining their current research challenges and what they are looking for in new recruits at postdoc level.

During an extended lunch networking session participants will have further opportunity to engage in more detailed conversation with the industry representatives.

In addition, the Institute of Physics will outline how they can support early career researchers in Physics in their career development.

All STEM PGRs and postdocs interested in a career in industry are welcome to attend. The event is free of charge, and registration will open in early April.

 

 

Training and other events: March 2019 to July 2019

Please find below a table of all upcoming XM² training and other events from February 2019 until July 2019 as far as planning currently allows and subject to change. Please note that some locations and events have been updated since the previous month’s table.

PGRs, please highlight any XM²-training related absence times to your supervisors. In regards to annual leave or other absence time planning: All confirmed events have been sent to the PGRs via a calendar invitation, but please ensure to check the CDT in Metamaterials Outlook calendar and to liaise with your supervisors and the CDT in Metamaterials office () for approval BEFORE you make any bookings, as there might be a few more events coming up that are yet to be confirmed.

Supervisors, please be mindful of the XM² events when setting expectations on research deliverables with the PGRs.

March
06.03.19 CDT Groups All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Peter Chalk 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
11.03.19 Beyond a PhD: Heather Lewtas All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Purple
13.03.19 CDT Colloquium: Dr Anton Souslov All PGRs 13:30-14:30 Newman Purple
18.03.19 Presentation Skills 1st years 10:00-12:00 Physics 124
27.03.19 CDT Groups All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Peter Chalk 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6
April
17.04.19 CDT Colloquium: Femius Koenderink (title TBC) All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Harrison 004
18.04.19 Careers Event All PGRs 09:00-17:00 Reed Hall
May
01.05.19 CDT Groups All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Amory A239C, Queens MR1, Queens D, Harrison 171
10.05.19 CDT Colloquium: Steve
Barnett (title TBC)
All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Blue
13.05.19 IP and Business Awareness 3rd years 12:30-13:30 Harrison 209
21.05.19-22.05.19 Project Management Training 1st years 09:00-16:30 Physics SCR
June
14.06.19 CDT Colloquium: Joaquin Rossier (title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Streatham Court D
25.06.19 NPL Visit 4th years 12:30-13:30 Streatham Court D
28.06.19 Beyond a Phd: Irina Khromova and Sathya Sreetharaman All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Queens LT1
July
05.07.19 CDT Colloquium: Vihar Georgiev (Title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Queens LT1

 

Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques

 

Third year students Emanuele, Jacob and Kieran working through a group exercise

On 30th and 31st January, our third year XM² postgraduate researchers took part in Leadership Training, provided by Fistral. This is the third year that we have run this course, which equips the postgraduate researchers with negotiation skills, listening techniques and how to approach group work from a psychological perspective.

Some comments from the PGRs taking part this year- “it has been helpful to see the differing views and motivations of people. You will see the wider scope of those around you” and “very interesting and insightful”.

Fistral are returning in May to provide our first year PGRs with Project Management training.

Check out our what’s on page to see the full range of training and events.

Our third years working through hypothetical situations

 

 

 

Training and other events: February 2019 to July 2019

Please find below a table of all upcoming XM² training and other events from February 2019 until July 2019 as far as planning currently allows and subject to change.

PGRs, please highlight any XM²-training related absence times to your supervisors. In regards to annual leave or other absence time planning: All confirmed events have been sent to the PGRs via a calendar invitation, but please ensure to check the CDT in Metamaterials Outlook calendar and to liaise with your supervisors and the CDT in Metamaterials office () for approval BEFORE you make any bookings, as there might be a few more events coming up that are yet to be confirmed.

Supervisors, please be mindful of the XM² events when setting expectations on research deliverables with the PGRs.

February
19.02.19 CBC Appointments (Optional) All PGRs 09:30-12:30  13:30-16:30 Harrison 332
20.02.19 Month 6 Assessment Briefing 1st years 11:00-12:00 Physics SCR
March
06.03.19 CDT Groups All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Peter Chalk 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
12.03.19 Beyond a PhD: Heather Lewtas All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Purple
18.03.19 Presentation Skills 1st years 10:00-12:00 Physics 124
 April
01.04.19-02.04.19 NPL Visit (2 Day Visit) All PGRs 09:00-17:00 TBC
12.04.19 Beyond a PhD: James Claverley (title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Amory Moot Room
17.04.19 CDT Colloquium: Femius Koenderink (title TBC) All PGRs 14:00-15:00 Harrison 004
18.04.19 Careers Event All PGRs 09:00-17:00 Reed Hall
May
10.05.19 CDT Colloquium: Steve
Barnett (title TBC)
All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Blue
21.05.19-22.05.19 Project Management Training 1st years 09:00-16:30 Physics SCR
June
14.06.19 CDT Colloquium: Joaquin Rossier (title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Streatham Court D
28.06.19 Beyond a Phd: Irina Khromova and Sathya Sreetharaman All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Queens LT1
July
05.07.19 CDT Colloquium: Vihar Georgiev (Title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Queens LT1

 

Training and other events: October 2018 to January 2019

Please find below a table of all upcoming XM² training and other events from October 2018 until January 2019 as far as planning currently allows. Yet to be confirmed for 1st year PGRs: progression & monitoring – introduction to CDT assessments and PGR progression  (Prof C D Wright) – likely to be held in November/December 2018 in preparation for the 6 months reports.

PGRs, please highlight any XM²-training related absence times to your supervisors. In regards to annual leave or other absence time planning: All confirmed events have been sent to the PGRs via a calendar invitation, but please ensure to check the CDT in Metamaterials outlook calendar and to liaise with your supervisors and the CDT in Metamaterials office () for approval BEFORE you make any bookings, as there might be a few more events coming up that are yet to be confirmed.

Supervisors, please be mindful of the XM² events when setting expectations on research deliverables with the PGRs.

date item attendees time venue
October
24/10/18 CDT Metamaterials PGR conference talks (PGRS only) All PGRs 13:30 – 17:30 Newman Red
25/10/18 Excellence at Interview – Day 1 (Vox Coaching) 4th years 9:00 – 17:00 Ibrahim Ahmed/Margaret Hewitt Rooms, Reed Hall
25/10/18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
26/10/18 Excellence at Interview – Day 2 (Vox Coaching) 4th years 9:00 – 17:00 Ibrahim Ahmed/Margaret Hewitt Rooms, Reed Hall
26/10/18 Statistics and Data Analysis 1st years 16:30-17:30 Physics 124
29/10/18 CDT Group Meetings- Introduction All PGRs 14:00-15:30 Harrison 101
30/10/18 EUOPS Workshop: Communicating Science for the General Public All PGRs 10:00-18:00 Seminar A and B, LSI Building
31/10/18 M13 Report Submission Deadline 2nd years
31/10/18 CDT Metamaterials PGR conference talks (PGRs only) All PGRs 13:30 – 17:30 Newman Red
November
1/11/18 Introduction to Monitoring & Progression (with Prof David Wright) 1st years 10:30 – 11:30 Peter Chalk 2.6
1/11/18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
2/11/18 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: Miles Padgett, Glasgow University/ “Better images with entangled photons” All PGRs 12:30 – 13:30 Newman Red
2/ 11/18 Statistics and Data Analysis 1st years 16:30-17:30 Physics 124
7/11/18 Open Access and Sympletic Introduction 1st years 14:30-15:30 Physics 124
8/10/18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
9/ 11/18 Statistics and Data Analysis 1st years 16:30-17:30 Physics 124
12/11/18 Acoustics training 2nd years 10:00 – 16:30 Physics SCR
13/11/18 Acoustics training 2nd years 9:00 – 16:00 Physics SCR
13/11/18 Magnetic Materials & Devices training 1st years 10:00 – 12:00 SCR
15/11/18 Magnetic Materials & Devices training 1st years 10:00 – 12:00 Physics SCR
16/11/18 Statistics and Data Analysis 1st years 16:30-17:30 Physics 124
19/11/18 Plasmonics training 2nd years 10:00 – 12:00 Physics SCR
14:00 – 16:00
21/11/18 Sensing & Stealth workshop 2nd years 14:00 – 17:00 Peter Chalk 2/3
22/11/18 Magneto-transport and Spintronics Workshop 1st years 09:30-12:00 Physics 124
23/11/18 Titles and Abstracts workshop 2nd years 9:30 – 10:30 Physics SCR
23/11/18 Statistics and Data Analysis 1st years 16:30-17:30 Physics 124
26/11/18 Plasmonics training 2nd years 10:00 – 12:00 Physics SCR
14:00 – 16:00
28/11/18 CDT Group Meeting (groups 1-4) All PGRs 14:30-15:30 Peter Chalk 1.4,

Peter Chalk 1.5,

Peter Chalk 1.6,

Peter Chalk 2.3

30/11/18 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: Maria Kafesaki, IESL – FORTH, Crete/ “Metamaterials for advanced electromagnetic wave control/” All PGRs 12:30 – 13:30 Newman Red
December
7/12/18 Industry Visit – IBM registered 3rd & 4th years arrival on 6 Dec, return late on 7 Dec IBM Daresbury
January
9/01/19 LTHE Training 1st years 09:30-16:00 TBC
15/01/19 Fabrication & Characterization of Functional Materials – Day 1(Group 1 & group 2) 1st years 10:00-17:30 Physics SCR
17/01/19 Fabrication & Characterization of Functional Materials – Day 1(Group 1 & group 2) 2nd years 10:00-13:00 Physics SCR
18/01/19 Beyond a PhD: Dr Alessandra Sala, Lead of the Data Analytics research Department at Bell Laboratories (Dublin, Ireland) All PGRs TBC TBC
22/01/19 Fabrication & Characterization of Functional Materials – Day 2(Group 1 & group 2) 1st years 10:00-17:00 Physics SCR
24/01/19 Fabrication & Characterization of Functional Materials – Day 2(Group 2) 1st years 10:00-17:00 Physics SCR
30/01/19 Leadership training – Day 1 3rd years 09:00-16:30 Physics SCR
31/01/19 Leadership training – Day 2 3rd years 09:00-16:30 Physics SCR

Workshop on communication skills for presenting science to the wider public

All EMPS PGRs are invited to attend a fully sponsored workshop on communication skills for presenting science to the wider public, organised by the PGRs from Exeter’s Optics & Photonics Society (EUOPS), and facilitated by

  • Dr Rachel Won (session content: Writing news on science), International editor for Nature Photonics;
  • Dr Simon Clark (session content: Managing online channels), Science Communicator and Founder of SimonOxfPhys.com;
  • UoE Marketing Team (session content: hands-on video production).

The event will take place on 30 October 2018 at 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. 

XM2 PGRs will have booking priority, but the EUOPS organising committee communicated that there will be spaces left for non-XM2 PGRs and all EMPS PGRs are more than welcome to attend. First come first served:  Reserve your Eventbrite ticket now.

https://euops.wordpress.com/communication-skills-workshop/

Induction week 2018

23 new EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials PGRs will arrive for induction week on 17 September 2018. Induction week will see 1st year specific sessions, as well as networking events for the individual cohorts and time for interactions between all PGRs and supervisors.

Please see below the induction week schedule 2018. Please note, the Monday morning session will split as follows:

  • 09:00 – 09:30 am:  Welcome Breakfast with the new PGRs, their XM² PGR buddies, SAG and the Management Board.
  • 09:30 – 10:30 am:  Introduction to the CDT Metamaterials programme and information about what the new cohort can expect over the next 6 months and during their PhD & networking for 1st years, their supervisors and/or buddies.
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am: Closure of conversations and transfer of 1st years to Doctoral College induction.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via .

Training and other events in September to December 2018

The new academic year brings a busy schedule for the Metamaterials PGRs. Please find below a table of all upcoming XM² training and other events from September 2018 until early December 2018 as far as planning currently allows.

Yet to be confirmed:

  • The monthly CDT group meetings are likely to commence on 31 October 2018 – we are currently coordinating the time table to avoid clashes with research group meetings.
  • A few more training sessions (Magnetic Materials & Devices, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching) are yet to be confirmed by the facilitators.
  • There will be 3-4 x 1h CDT administrative induction sessions for 1st years shortly after induction week (administration requirements, XM² expectations – Dr A Roeding; training – Dr I J Luxmoore) and in November (progression & monitoring – Prof C D Wright).

PGRs, please highlight any XM²-training related absence times to your supervisors. In regards to annual leave or other absence time planning: All confirmed events have been sent to the PGRs via a calendar invitation, but please ensure to check the CDT in Metamaterials outlook calendar and to liaise with your supervisors and the CDT in Metamaterials office () for approval BEFORE you make any bookings, as there might be a few more events coming up that are yet to be confirmed.

Supervisors, please be mindful of the XM² events when setting expectations on research deliverables with the PGRs.

Date Training/Event Cohort Time Venue
September
10.09.18 M13 report Q&A session with David Wright 2nd years 14:30 – 15:30 G33
14.09.18 KTN ‘Metamaterials Applications Exploration’ Voluntary Workshop optional 13:30 – 16:00 Peter Chalk Building – Seminar Room 1.2
17.09.18 – 21.09.2018 Induction Week all PGRs and supervisors as required see induction week time table  see induction week time table
24.09.18 ‘How to be Creative’ workshop 1st years 9:00 – 12:30 Physics SCR
24.09.18 & 25.09.18 ‘Creativity Revisited’ Workshop optional for 2nd – 4th years 13:30 – 17:00 & 9:30 – 17:00 Physics SCR
27.09.18 Space Technology – Current Challenges and Visions for the Future optional 09:00 – 12:00 TBC
October
01.10.18 Safety Induction; Electrical & Cryogenic Safety 1st years 16:00 – 17:30 Physics 124
01.10.18 Introduction to Outreach 2 & 3rd years 13:00 – 14:30 TBC
02.10.18 “In the spotlight” – public speaking training (Vox Coaching) 2nd years 9:00 – 16:30 Ibrahim Ahmed/Margaret Hewitt Rooms, Reed Hall
03.10.18 CDT Metamaterials PGR conference talks All PGRs 13:30 – 17:30 Newman Red
04.10.18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
09.10.18 Introduction to Statistics 1st years 16:30 – 17:30 Queens LT4.2
10.10.18 CDT Metamaterials PGR conference talks All PGRs 13:30 – 17:30 Newman Red
11.10.18 Solving Problems In Wave Theory 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
12.10 18 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: Jaime Gomez Rivas, DIFFER, Eindhoven. “Surface Lattice Resonances in Arrays of Metallic Particles: From Enhanced Emission to Induced Transparency” All PGRs 12:30 – 13:30 Newman Red
15.10.18 Beyond a PhD: Professor Richard Craster, Imperial College, London All PGRs 12:30 – 13:30 tbc
15.10. 18 Beyond a PhD networking Lunch: Professor Richard Craster, Imperial College, London Optional (registration required) 13:45 – 14:30 G33
16.10.18 COMSOL training 1st years 9:00 – 16:00 G33
16.10.18 Introduction to Statistics 1st years 16:30 – 17:30 Queens LT4.2
17.10.18 COMSOL training 1st years 9:00 – 16:00 G33
18.10.18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
23.10.18 Introduction to Statistics 1st years 16:30 – 17:30 Queens LT4.2
24.10.18 CDT Metamaterials PGR conference talks All PGRs 13:30 – 17:30 Newman Red
25.10.18 Excellence at Interview – Day 1 (Vox Coaching) 4th years 9:00 – 17:00 Ibrahim Ahmed/Margaret Hewitt Rooms, Reed Hall
25.10.18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
26.10.18 Excellence at Interview – Day 2 (Vox Coaching) 4th years 9:00 – 17:00 Ibrahim Ahmed/Margaret Hewitt Rooms, Reed Hall
29.10.18 CDT PGR group meetings – kick off meeting All PGRs 14:30 – 16:00 TBC
30.10 18 Introduction to Statistics 1st years 16:30 – 17:30 Queens LT4.2
31.10 18 M13 Report Submission Deadline 2nd years
31.10.18 CDT Metamaterials PGR conference talks All PGRs 13:30 – 17:30 TBC
November
1.11.18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
2.11.18 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: Miles Padgett, Glasgow University. “Better images with entangled photons” All PGRs 12:30 – 13:30 Newman Red
6.11.18 Introduction to Statistics 1st years 16:30 – 17:30 Queens LT4.2
8.10.18 Solving Problems in Wave Physics 1st years 13:30 – 14:30 Physics SCR
12.11.18 Acoustics training 2nd years 10:00 – 16:30 Physics SCR
13.11.18 Acoustics training 2nd years 9:00 – 16:00 Physics SCR
13.11.18 Magnetic Materials & Devices training 1st years 10:00 – 12:00 tbc
13.11.18 Introduction to Statistics 1st years 16:30 – 17:30 Queens LT4.2
15.11.18 Magnetic Materials & Devices training 1st years 10:00 – 12:00 tbc
19.11.18 Plasmonics training 2nd years 10:00 – 12:00

14:00 – 16:00

Physics SCR
21.11.18 Sensing & Security workshop 2nd years 14:00 – 17:00 tbc
23.11.18 Titles and Abstracts workshop 2nd years 9:30 – 10:30 Physics SCR
26.11 18 Plasmonics training 2nd years 10:00 – 12:00

14:00 – 16:00

Physics SCR
30.11.18 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: Maria Kafesaki, IESL – FORTH, Crete. “Metamaterials for advanced electromagnetic wave control.” All PGRs 12:30 – 13:30 Newman Red
December
7.12.18 Industry Visit – IBM 3rd & 4th years arrival on 6 Dec, return late on 7 Dec IBM Daresbury