7th March 2018 – Institute of Physics Technician Event

The Institute of Physics (http://www.iop.org/) are supporters of the Technician Commitment and are keen to increase engagement with the technical community across universities and research institutes. As such, they are hosting a bespoke event for technical staff based in physics disciplines on March 7th from 11.30-14.00 at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee campus. Following a keynote speaker there will be a networking lunch and a consultative workshop where technical colleagues will have the opportunity to guide and inform the Institute of Physics’ future activities and events for technical staff. IoP are really keen to hear from technicians at all levels and this is a great opportunity to influence and shape the technician related initiatives of a prominent learned society. I would be grateful if you could pass this opportunity on to colleagues based in or working with any aspect of physics.

It’s free to attend and registration is available here: https://www.events.iop.org/e/iop-technicians-event-9caf2a02ba094b63a9ccdf6e8f06590e/page.html
At present there are a maximum of 50 places so please ensure colleagues register as soon as possible.

11th April 2018 – Technician Commitment Signatory Conference

Details of this event have already been circulated to Signatory leads – many thanks to all of those who have already registered. This is primarily an event for Technician Commitment Signatory leads but additional funding has allowed us to open this up to additional colleagues involved in Technician Commitment activities in their organisations. It’s taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre and a full programme will be available shortly. Registration is free and available at https://techniciancommitmentconference.eventbrite.co.uk

12-13th April 2018 – National Technical Managers in Universities (TMU) Conference

Technical Managers in Universities (TMU) is a national network of technical managers working in higher education and research. TMU host an annual conference which is free for members to attend  (membership is also free of charge). This year’s conference theme is “The Changing Landscape for Technical Managers” and the conference is being hosted by the University of Nottingham. Colleagues from research institutes are also very welcome.

TMU have put on an excellent programme which includes a keynote presentation from Sir Martyn Poliakoff, famed Chemistry professor and star of the Periodic Videos (www.periodicvideos.com) and a presentation from UKRI, (the new name for the Research Councils as from April 1st) on their forthcoming Action Plan for Technical Researchers which is due to be published later this year. Workshop sessions include Health and Safety, Apprenticeships, Strategies for Technical Services, Mental Health, Athena SWAN & Technicians, Passive House (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) and more. A further keynote presentation will be given by Professor Pete Licence on the University of Nottingham’s award winning Centre for Sustainable Chemistry – housed in the brand new Carbon Neutral Laboratory, the first of its kind in the UK.

The main programme will run on Thursday 12th April and the morning of Friday 13th April. A conference dinner will take place on the evening of the 12th.
Registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-managers-in-universities-tmu-conference-2018-tickets-39727178059
A draft programme is also available via this link. As this is a free event, there are limited places so please do encourage colleagues to register as soon as possible.

18th- 20th April 2018 – University Bioscience Managers’ Association (UBMA) 35th Annual Conference

The University Bioscience Managers Association (UBMA) is the organisation for Laboratory Superintendents and Managers in university and research institute biological, biochemical and life science departments, schools and faculties, currently with members drawn from over 70 different universities. They host an annual conference for members which is being hosted this year by Imperial College London – see http://ubma.org.uk/future-meetings/ for further information on the conference and membership.

20th September 2018 – Institute of Science & Technology’s (IST) One Day Technical Conference

The IST are hosting their popular one day technical conference on the 20th September at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle. Early bird registration is available at https://istonline.org.uk/ist-conference-2018/ and a conference flyer can be found here.

25th June 2019 – UK Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS)

Advance notice to ‘save the date’ for the biennial UK Higher Education Technicians Summit & Papin Prize award ceremony which in 2019 will be hosted by Midlands Innovation at the University of Birmingham.