M4QN winter school explores career needs for early career researchers

Posted on 10th May 2024 in News, Training and Skills Base

In January 2024, the Henry Royce Institute Hub hosted students from across the UK involved in the Materials for Quantum Network for a four-day “Winter School”. The event brought together PhD students and Post Doctoral Research Assistants working across physics, engineering, and chemistry on research for materials needed for future quantum technologies.

Participants were encouraged to network and build connections with each other to better understand the UK community in which they are involved, find future collaborators and appreciate how new interactions could help their own work. Activities included:

  • exploring their own, and the community’s, training needs,
  • considering the concurrent network roadmap workshop and how exploring future developments will guide and influence their own careers,
  • learning about approaches to outreach and public engagement in materials science and engagement, as well as developing ideas for their own outreach activities.
A group of 5 PhD students and postdocs brainstorming using sticky notes.
Small group work to brainstorm training needs at the M4QN winter school in 2024.
A group of 4 PhD students and postdocs brainstorming using sticky notes.
Small group work to brainstorm training needs at the M4QN winter school in 2024.

 

Finally, the participants were challenged to consider contributions they could make to a future “Summer School” (planned for July 2025) as part of  M4QN’s Training and Skills Base interest group activities.

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