Training and other events in July & August 2018

Date Training/Event Cohort Time Venue
05.07.2018 Cohort Meeting with Alastair Hibbins Cohort 4 15:00 – 16:00 Physics SCR
12.07.2018 Cohort Meeting with Alastair Hibbins Cohort 2 15:00 – 16:00 Physics SCR
18.07.2018 Oversight Board Meeting Cohorts 2 & 3 11:20 – 15:00 Northcott Theatre Restaurant
19.07.2018 Cohort Meeting with Alastair Hibbins Cohort 3 15:00 – 16:00 Physics SCR
31.08.2018 Metamaterials Colloquium:

Hannah Joyce, Cambridge University – “Semiconductor nanowires: from growth to ultra-small, ultra-fast optoelectronics”

All 12:30 – 13:30 Newman Red

Training and other events in June 2018

Please see below a schedule of the CDT training events and other activities in June 2018.

Date Training/Event Cohort Time Venue
01.06.18 Beyond a PhD: “Secondary School Teaching – Challenges and Rewards” Dr Rob Kelly All

(Open to CEMPS members)

12.30 – 13.30 Laver LT3
01.06.18 Beyond a PhD networking lunch All (Optional, RSVP to calendar invitation required) 13.40 – 14.40 Physics SCR
06.06.18 Plasmonics Workshop Sessions 1 & 2 1st years 11.30 – 13.00

& 14.30 – 15.30

Har 215
06.06.18 CDT Group Meeting Group 3 13.30 – 14.30 Phy 124
12.06.18 Stealth & Sensing Training 1st years 9.15 – 15.30 Har 107
13.06.18 Stealth & Sensing Training 1st years 9.15– 16.45 Har 107
15.06.18 Industry Visit: Gooch & Housego 2nd years 9.00 – 15.00 Ilminster
18.06.18 Acoustics Workshop 1st years 10.00 – 16.30 Har 215
19.06.18 Acoustics Workshop 1st years 9.30 – 15.30 Har 215
25.06.18 “Beyond a PhD” SPECIAL: panel session at ICMM conference

(organizer: R J Hicken)

All (Optional, open to all CEMPS members) afternoon / early evening Streatham campus, TBC
27.06.18 Plasmonics Workshop Sessions 3 & 4 1st years 11.30 – 13.00 &

14.30 – 15.30

Har 215
29.06.18 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: “Experiments in Quantum Foundations using a few Photons” Lee Rozema All

(Open to all CEMPS members)

12.30 – 13.30 Streatham Court C

Training and other events in May 2018

Date

Training/Event

Cohort

Time

Venue

01.05.2018 Physics Theory Seminar:

Daniel Kattnig, Exeter University –

‘The quantum magnetic compass: Pathways to high sensitivity’

As applicable 13.30 – 14.30 Physics SCR
02.05.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 2 13.30 – 14.30 Har 215
03.05.2018 Student Cohort Meeting with the XM2 Programme Manager Third Years 10.00 – 11.00 Physics SCR
08.05.2018 Physics Theory Seminar:

Andrew Daley, Strathclyde University, title tbc

As applicable 13.30 – 14.30 Physics SCR
08.05.2018 IP and Business Awareness Training Third Years 9.00 – 16.30 Ibrahim Ahmed Room, Reed Hall
09.05.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 3 13.30 – 14.30 Physics 124
10.05.2018 Student Cohort Meeting with the XM2 Programme Manager Second Years 10.00 – 11.00 Physics 124
15.05.2018 6 Month Project Presentations First Years 9.00 – 12.00 Har 215
15.05.2018 Physics Colloquium:

Professor Massimo, Gurioli Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze. ‘Near Field: exploitation and imaging in nano-photonics’

As applicable 12.30 – 13.30 Streatham Court C
16.05.2018 6 Month Project Presentations First Years 9.00 – 12.00 Har 209
16.05.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 4 13.30 – 14.30 Physics 124
16.05.2018 6 Month Project Presentations – Peer group follow up discussion First Years 15.00 – 16.00 G33
18.05.2018 CDT in Metamaterials Colloquium:

Mischa Bonn, Max Planck Institute, Mainz, title tbc

All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
22.05.2018 Project Management Training First Years 9.30 – 16.30 Laver LT3
23.05.2018 Project Management Training First Years 9.30 – 16.30 Physics SCR
24.05.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 1 13.30 – 14.30 Har 209
30.05.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 2 13.30 – 14.30 Physics 124

EUOPS won an Optical Society (OSA) Special Program Grant for a PGR led careers development event

We are delighted to announce that the Exeter University Optics&Photonics Society (EUOPS) has been awarded with a Special Program Grant by The Optical Society (OSA).

This grant will co-fund a careers development event being organised by the CDT in Metamaterials postgraduate researcher (PGR) Julia De Pineda Gutierrez, director of the organisation committee. The committee members are the CDT PGRs Ben Hogan, Joaquin Faneca, and Henry Fernández Pizarro, and their colleague in the Engineering department Prince Khatri. The event will be held on 4th and 5th of July 2018 at the University of Exeter. A tentative program can be found here.

All CDT in Metamaterials PGRs are invited – please get in touch with Julia De Pineda Gutierrez if you have any questions.

Training and other events in April 2018

Please see below a schedule of what is happening in April 2018 – and what had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The cancelled meetings for the CDT cohorts and the Programme Manager will be rescheduled in due course.

Date Training/Event Cohort Time Venue
04.04.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 2 13.30 – 14.30 Har 209
05.04.2018 Student Feedback Meeting

CANCELLED

4th Years 10.00 – 11.00 Phy SCR
11.04.2018 Student Feedback Meeting

CANCELLED

2rd Years 10.00 – 11.00 Phy SCR
11.04.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 3 13.30 – 14.30 Phy 124
12. 04.2018 Student Feedback Meeting

CANCELLED

3nd Years 10.00 – 11.00 Phy SCR
18.04.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 4 13.30 – 14.30 Phy 124
19.04.2018 Student Feedback Meeting 1st Years 10.00 – 11.00 Phy SCR
24.04.2018 Physics Theory Seminar: Pieter Kok, Sheffield University.  Title tbc All 13.30 – 14.30 tbc
25.04.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 1 13.30 – 14.30 Har 209
27.04.2018 6 Month Project Viva to be completed and feedback submitted 1st Years

“And the best pitch award goes to …” – Angus Laurenson reports on his experiences at the SpaceTech Entrepreneur Programme

Our postgraduate researcher  Angus Laurenson returned recently from the 3 day SpaceTech Entreprenuers Programme (February 2018) at Exeter Science Park – with a lot of new knowledge about the space industry and start-up businesses in general. Funded by the UK Space Agency and delivered by the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, SETsquared Exeter and Goonhilly Earth Station, SpaceTech is the perfect start-up accelerator  to create a product or business using satellite data and technology.

The event provided a platform for the UK space industry to report on latest developments and iniatives, with particular focus on the southwest (for example on the proposed spaceport at Newquay airport and Goonhilly earth station). Talks ranged from startup incubators explaining what funding and support is available for startups or other businesses to the UK space agency’s outlook as well as established players in the commercial space industry such as Thales Alenia, a large European satellite manufacturer, and Spirent, a local GPS calibration and testing company.

The majority of the programme was however dedicated to a hands-on team challenge: development of a spacetech business cases. Among the contestants was the Flann Microwave team consisting of James Watts, CEO of Flann Microwave; Oliver James, Flann Microwave; Angus Laurenson, PhD Student in the CDT for Metamaterials, University of Exeter; and Evie James, Undergraduate at Exeter Business school, Penryn.

Angus summarised the business case challenge his team set for itself: how to break into the space market where satellite manufacturers are extremely risk averse and are unwilling to take on a supplier who has not had their hardware flown into orbit yet.  To tackle this challenge they focussed on applying the “golden circles of business“,  the idea being that a company does not market its products, instead it should market its values to trigger an emotional response that resonates strongly with the customer.

The team’s strategy was to find ways to deploy Flann products into space, whilst at the same time leveraging the good reputation for reliability and quality that Flann enjoy with their existing customer base in order to spread that trust to new clients.

Angus learned a lot about market segmentation (who they were going to target specifically), pricing methods, estimating the size of the opportunity, development of the business finances (operating profit, gross revenues, costs etc), and the different sales models a business can operate.

A “3 minutes – 3 slides”  pitch of the participants’ business plans on problem / solution / opportunity concluded the day. Oliver James, a new recruit at Flann Microwave, presented on behalf of the Flann team how they were going to grow their business and turn a profit – and, rest assured, the team won the best pitch award.

Angus conclusion on the experience: “We won the best pitch award, which was the icing on the cake, and I would recommend those interested to attend the next rendition of this workshop.”

 

Training and other events in March 2018

Please see below upcoming trainings, meetings and talks related to the CDT programme.

A final reminder: The next call for Soapbox Science speakers will close on 23rd February 2018. Learn more about Soapbox Science and how to participate.

Date Training/Event Cohort Time Venue
07.03.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 2 13.30 – 14.30 Har209
09.03.2018 Physics Colloquium: Stuart Mangles – ‘Laser Wakefield Accelerators: a particle accelerator in a university lab?’ All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
13.03.2018 Physics Theory Seminar: David Manolopoulus (title tbc) All 13.30 – 14.30 Physics SCR
14.03.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 3 13.30 – 14.30 Phy124
16.03.2018 CDT Metamaterials Colloquium: Jaime Gomez Rivas – ‘Surface Lattice Resonances in Arrays of Metallic Particles: From Enhanced Emission to Induced Transparency’ All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
19.03.2018 Presentation Skills workshop 1st Years 10.00 – 12.00 Old Library 4 & 5
21.03.2018 Beyond a PhD: Liz O’Driscoll (title tbc) All 14.00 – 15.30 Laver LT3
23.03.2018 Physics Colloquium: ‘Thermal energy propagation in Si membranes and phononic crystals’ Clivia Sotomayor-Torres All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
28.03.2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 1 12.30 – 13.30 Har209
29.03.2018 Deadline for submission of 6 months project report 1st years  4pm

See February schedule here.

The first XM2 careers event for EMPS PGRs/ECRs: a full success

XM2 organised its first careers event for PGRs and ECRs in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter: on 25 & 26 January 2018 twelve companies presented themselves as potential employers to our PGRs and ECRs. We received 88 registrations,  35% of which were from non-XM2 PGRs and 15% from Early Career Researchers.

Initial feedback from both sides, presenters and attendees, is quite positive:

  • The PGRs/ECRs enjoyed the talks and networking sessions as an opportunity to learn about possible careers pathways and the research at DSTL, Dyson, Flann Microwave, Hitachi Cambridge LaboratoryHuawei, MBDA, Met Office, Nature Publishing Group, NPLSynopsysThales, and QinetiQ. Each company had the oportunity to introduce their business, career pathways and employee requirements in a 20 minute presentation which was perceived as particularly beneficial.
  • The industry repesentatives were intrigued by the breadth of research they learned about when speaking to our young researchers, and appreciated the opportunity to network with colleagues from other companies.

We would like to thank our partners and guests for their contributions to the event’s success and look forward to hosting the next careers event in early 2019.

Training and other events in February 2018

Date Training/Event Cohort Time Venue
01/02/2018 Leadership & Team Building Workshop (2nd day) 3rd Years 09.00 – 16.30 Ibrahim Ahmed Room, Reed Hall
02/02/2018 Beyond a PhD ‘Predicting the Future: Life as a solver’ – Dr Chris Maynard All 12.30 – 13.30 Newland Red
02/02/2018 Cognitive Behavioural Coaching All (optional) 09.00 – 12.30; 13.30 – 16.30 Phy208 (am); Har332 (pm)
07/02/2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 2 13.30 – 14.30 HAR209
09/02/2018 Physics Colloquium: ‘Physicist in the kitchen’ – Andrey Varlamov All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
13/02/2018 CDT Oversight Board meeting all – details TBA all day – details TBA Reed Hall
14/02/2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 3 13.30 – 14.30 Phy124
16/02/2018 Metamaterials Colloquium: ‘Terahertz spectroscopy to probe electrons, phonons and spins’ – Mischa Bonn All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
21/02/2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 4 13.30 – 14.30 HAR107 (Note change of venue)
23/02/2018 Physics Colloquium: ‘The nonlinear route to nonclassical light’ – Peter Moseley All 12.30 – 13.30 Newman Red
28/02/2018 CDT Group Meeting Group 1 13.30 – 14.30 HAR107 (Note change of venue)

See the January events here.

Careers event 25 and 26 January 2018

On 25/26 Jan 2018 there will be opportunities to network and talk to the research and HR representatives of various companies about what roles there are, what they do, what it’s like to work in these companies, and what you should consider when applying for a job.

Please see below the list of businesses that will be present.

The event is open to all final year UGs, PGRs and postdocs in EMPS and related Sciences. Spaces are limited to 80 attendees (first come first served).

UPDATE 24 Jan 2018: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Time Thursday 25 Jan 2018 Company description
10.00 – 11.00 Arrival coffee & networking/manned stands for student enquiries
11.00 – 11.30 Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL) research aims at creating new concepts of advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices. Its research initially focused on microelectronics using transport techniques. Work has also been carried out on Single-electron parametron memory cell which led to the development of a major activity on quantum computation. Aside this, research on magnetism led in particular to the discovery of Coulomb blockade anisotropic magnetoresistance as well as Spin injection Hall effect.
11.30 – 12.00 Flann Microwave Flann Microwave Ltd is a market-leading designer and manufacturer of Antennas, Precision Microwave Components and Test and Measurement products operating between frequencies of 2 to 500GHz and above.
12.00 – 12.30 DSTL The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence of the UK. DTSL recruits scientists, engineers, analysts, programme and project managers, and finance, logistics, medical and communications personnel. While each role will have its own individual qualification and technical requirements, there are some standard requirements and personal qualities they look for in their candidates. You must be a UK national and have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch networking session/manned stands for student enquiries
13.30 –  14.00 NPL The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. NPL sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. Their research supports innovation in science, industry and medicine. Their scientists make real differences to people’s lives through research in fields as diverse as quantum physics, medicine and climate change.
14.00 – 14.30 Dyson Dyson – solving problems that others ignore. There are over 3,500 engineers and scientists at Dyson, dedicated to inventing and improving Dyson machines. Some are leaders in their field. Others are fresh out of university. They’re drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplines: design, electronics, motors, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, robotics, prototyping, scientific research, manufacturing, machine learning, AI, quality testing, lighting, compliance, procurement… And others. Together, they engineer Dyson’s future.
14.30 – 15.00 Thales To help create a safer world, Thales serves five keys sectors: Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Defence, and Security. It recruits to a total of 15 generic job families, from Marketing to Research & Development, legal and finance.
15.00 – 16.00 Afternoon coffee & networking/manned stands for student enquiries
Time Friday 26 Jan 2018  
10.00 – 11.00 Arrival coffee & networking/manned stands for student enquiries
11.00 – 11.30 MBDA MBDA is a world leading, global missile systems company, operating in all of the major world markets. They’re the only company able to design and produce missiles and missile systems for army, navy and air forces.
11.30 – 12.00 QinetiQ QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers who deploy their scientific and technological knowledge, proven research capabilities and unique, purpose-built facilities to provide both services and products that meet the needs of a wide range of global customers. They operate primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets and their customers are predominantly government organisations, including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.
12.00 – 12.30 Huawei Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with 180,000 employees. Driven by a commitment to sound operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, they have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology and services. Their ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch networking session/manned stands for student enquiries
13.30 –  14.00 Nature Publishing Group Nature Publishing Group is a division of the international scientific publishing company Springer Nature that publishes academic journals, magazines, online databases, and services in science and medicine. Nature Publishing Group’s flagship publication is Nature, a weekly multidisciplinary journal first published in 1869. As they continue to develop and expand their portfolio, job opportunities arise in all departments, including: editorial, production and design, sales, marketing, advertising, IT, web publishing, business development, and administration.
14.00 – 14.30 Synopsys Synopsys technology is at the heart of innovations that are changing the way we live and work. The Internet of Things. Autonomous cars. Wearables. Smart medical devices. Secure financial services. Machine learning and computer vision. These breakthroughs are ushering in the era of Smart, Secure Everything―where devices are getting smarter, everything’s connected, and everything must be secure.

Powering this new era of technology are advanced silicon chips, which are made even smarter by the remarkable software that drives them. Synopsys is at the forefront of Smart, Secure Everything with the world’s most advanced tools for silicon chip design, verification, IP integration, and application security testing.

14.30 – 15.00 Met Office The Met Office carries out a broad range of research which underpins all their products and services. From weather and ocean forecasting to climate prediction, their research and development team are at the forefront of scientific research.
15.00 – 16.00 Afternoon coffee & networking/manned stands for student enquiries