Department of Physics

PhD students host mini-conference to build strong links with GW4 universities

Mon Mar 06 16:47:00 GMT 2017

PhD students from the Department hosted a mini-conference as part of the Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff student seminars (BBECss) on Friday 3 March.

BBECss is a tri-annual conference for postgraduate astronomy students from the four GW4 universities. It gives students the opportunity to discuss their work and improve their presentation skills in a relaxed environment. It also allows them to gain a broad understanding of research projects being undertaken by nearby groups and build strong research links with peers at neighbouring institutions.

Students attended a series of talks throughout the day covering a wide range of astronomical disciplines studied at the GW4 universities. Topics included magneto-hydrodynamics, exoplanets, early stages of star formation, distant galaxy clusters, accreting black holes and gravitational lensing.

The event replicated a typical academic conference in order to give students experience of a full conference, and to prepare them for future presentations.

PhD student, Caroline Bertemes who led the event said: “I gained valuable insights into the work done by our peers, and at the same time my fellow PhD students from Bath. I think the meeting offers a great preparation for larger conferences, as well as the possibility to build lasting friendships and open the doors for possible future collaborations.”