Held at a different venue each year, the conference is organised by the IAPETUS students with a theme of their choice. Featuring student talks and presentations from DTP partners and connected organisations, as well as breakout discussion sessions, the conference is an opportunity for students and staff to hear the wide range of research being undertaken across the DTP and its partner organisations.
For students the conference also represents an opportunity for students to practice their presentation and networking skills in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
The 2016 conference was held in Mallorca in May, allowing the first and second cohorts of students to meet each other again, report progress in their projects, gain training in science communication skills and, not least, see something of the environmental sciences represented by sites on the island.
The 2016 IAPETUS Student Conference was held in Mallorca over May 4-8, and was expanded from a normal conference into a combination of a workshop, fieldtrip and planning session – allowing both cohorts the opportunity to shape the direction of IAPETUS. The 2014 cohort of PhD students gave talks at IMEDEA (Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies), while the 2015 cohort summarised their work in a poster session held on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. All of the presentations were peer-reviewed by the other students on the trip, and by a mentoring team drawn from partner universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Durham. The time was rounded out by field excursions to sites of environmental and Earth Sciences interest around Mallorca. Two of the students took the chance to visit local research institutes, as well as IMEDEA itself (http://imedea.uib-csic.es).
Many thanks to all who organised, supported and attended the meeting. It was a great success and a great opportunity for the NERC IAPETUS DTP students to meet and support each other once again.
– Mark Allen, IAPETUS Director