CPD Workshops - Thursday 20 July - 14:30

On the final afternoon of the conference, we will be hosting a series of CPD sessions, run by experts in their field. These workshops cover a range of engaging and thought provoking subjects, which will be delivered in an interactive manner.  Alternatively, there is an opportunity to tour some of the state-of-art labs used by the Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, which is based at the University of Birmingham.  Sign up for the session of your choice as part of the conference registration. 

Please note that these workshops have limited spaces.


People Like Me - Professor Averil Macdonald 

People Like Me is a revolutionary new approach to engaging girls with science qualifications and careers. It has become very popular in the UK and is particularly effective if mothers are invited to participate alongside their daughters.  Learn how the approach works by trying out the quiz to see where people like you are happy and successful.

Maximum number of participants: 30
Approximate duration: 1 hour 30 minutes



Unconscious Bias - Marc Adams and Kate Crane 

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of unconscious bias and its potentially negative impact on decision making and behaviour at work.  This workshop uses interactive exercises and discussion to explore what we mean by unconscious bias and its consequences for equality in the workplace.  We will consider how unconscious bias differs from prejudice, the underlying cause of bias, its impact on decision making and behaviour, and what we can do to minimise it.

Maximum number of participants: 35
Duration: 2 hours


How to get published - Bethan Davis and Jess Thorn (IOP Publishing)

This workshop is aimed mainly PhD students or early career researchers, who have little  (or no) experience of writing and submitting papers to scientific journals.  It will cover the entire publication process, from writing and submitting a good paper through to seeing it published and widely read and cited by other researchers.  We will give you tips and advice for each stage of the process, including: 

  • Selecting the right journal
  • Writing your paper
  • Getting through the peer review process
  • What to do after acceptance of your paper
  • Publication ethics

Our presenters are experts in physics publishing, with years of experience working on journals and lots of insider knowledge to share.

Maximum number of participants: 100
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes



Quantum Technology Hub - Laboratory Tour (THIS TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED)

Sensors can be found in our everyday lives, from smart phones and cars to industrial applications in manufacturing, engineering and imaging. Led by the University of Birmingham, the Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology brings together expertise in physics and engineering from the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex with over 70 industry partners.  The Hub's teams are working to translate state-of-the-art lab technology into deployable practical devices.  They are developing smaller, cheaper, more accurate and energy efficient components and systems to build and sustain a supply chain which will have a potentially transformative impact across business and society as a whole.  The Hub's Technology Transfer Centre is situated on the University of Birmingham campus, and provides laboratory and office space for quantum technology companies and academic researchers to co-locate and collaborate.  On the tour, you will see technologies for working with cold atoms, and a demonstration of technology applied for gravity sensing.

Maximum number of participants: 20
Duration: 1 hour






Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    31 May 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    31 May 2017
  • Proceedings deadline:
    30 June 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    7 July 2017
  • Paper reviews deadline:
    14 August 2017