A unique collaboration between industry and research
On the 6-7 November the Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science held its 4th annual conference at NPL. PGI students from across the UK came together to present their research to fellow PGI students and supervisors, as well as to delegates from industry and academia. Student talks and posters clearly demonstrated the breadth and depth of measurement science and showcased the impact the PGI is having at an international level. Projects addressing global challenges, tackling industrial issues and highlighting the importance of confidence in measurement impressed judges and delegates alike. Keynote talks from UCL's Prof Graeme Reid, Prof Chris France (Surrey) and NPL's Prof Josephine Bunch not only served to underline this message, but also inspired a future generation of researchers.
More than 100 delegates, representing HEIs, industry, networks and government, took part over the two days and actively contributed to each session. It was great to hear Prof Graeme Reid, Chair of Science & Research Policy at UCL, telling delegates that "the PGI is an extraordinary achievement." The achievements of the PGI were further highlighted though its partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and SEPnet, which brought about Day 2's careers focus. This day gave students the platform to discuss their career aspirations and quiz employers on their recruitment process. It added another dimension to the conference and helped to highlight career options for postgraduate students and to encourage these early career researchers to explore their potential and to investigate a wide-range of career paths.
The strength of this event was emphasized by the uptake of all the sponsorship places and contribution from the 15 employers who joined panels and career workshops, giving them the opportunity to discuss their recruitment vacancies and engage with students first hand. We are grateful to all our sponsors and panelists for their involvement and support.
The conference can be best summed up by a comment from Phil Marsden from Unitive Design and Analysis and PGI speaker:
"This event has showcased by far the best students' talks I have heard in a long time – you should be really proud of what you have developed!"
We are grateful to our Gold Sponsors; Anatune, Institute of Physics, SEPnet and Elekta for their part in this conference. Their involvement was welcomed by all delegates. Thank you also to our silver sponsors; M-solv, National Instruments, Henry Royce Institute, National Nuclear Laboratory, TTP, and IET.
About the PGI Conference
The Postgraduate Institute for measurement science (PGI) conference brings together experts and practitioners in the field. Now in its fourth year, the PGI celebrates the success of its unique strategic partnership with the University of Surrey and University of Strathclyde. Students, scientists, academics, industry and others will present their latest advances in science and the impact it is creating on health, the environment and society.
Download the 2019 conference programme
We are now planning the 2021 annual conference so do get in touch if you would like to get involved.
Support the event
Measurement science is transforming businesses, increasing productivity and providing confidence by promoting accuracy and reducing business risk. We aim to broker connections by bringing together a community of users and fostering new collaborations between academia, research institutes and industry, including SMEs and start-ups.
The conference offers sponsors unique recruitment opportunities, our postgraduate cohort is looking for their next challenge. You will have the opportunity to highlight your job vacancies during the conference to our cohort of industry-focused postgraduate researchers. You can also use promotional space in our marketplace to showcase your organisation and services to 150 industry, academic and NPL delegates. You will be able to network with measurement experts and discuss your measurement challenges.
The conference is:
- A great opportunity to engage with a diverse community and build potential new clients
- A unique way to market your company to highly-qualified future employees
- Your chance to make a difference and demonstrate how science and industry work together
Please contact us to discuss the 2021 event support packages:
Read the reports from our previous conferences