Blog - IOP Conference
Things have been super busy this week for the Royal Holloway particle physics department. We were honoured with the opportunity (read: it was our turn) to host the annual Institute of Physics (IOP) Conference on High Energy Particle Physics (HEPP) and Astro Particle Physics (APP).
It is a large UK conference attended by members of our community. This year we had around 250 people registered to attend. Everyone in our department was on hand to help in the smooth running of the whole conference, and this was my first experience of a conference from the inside. Whilst I was only helping out in the day-to-day running (registration/ AV) the stress levels were clearly high amongst the organising academics. Indeed, this was an opportunity to showcase Royal Holloway to people around the UK such that in years to come they will look back on our venue and on the event with find memories.
The conference is split into the normal plenary and parallel sessions over the course of three days. Normally, third year PhD students with research council funding are expected to give a talk on their own research and field some questions. I was no exception to this, and I was naturally quite nervous over the whole experience! I’m pleased to say that I think my talk went quite well (the feedback I received was positive and I even received some constructive questions which is always nice!).
The conference dinner is always looked forward to, when attending these events, and I think we did ourselves proud by hosting a dinner event at Ascot Racecourse. The venue was superb and certainly something different and to remember.
If you want to see the talks, all are publicly available at our group site - www.pp.rhul.ac.uk/iop2014.
Now it is all over, and I think normality will slowly descend back upon us within our department, but it has been an awesome experience!