Student Conferences

[Last updated: 1st Feb 2019]

Student conferences are usually heavily subsidised, with amazing opportunities to learn about state of the art science facilities/institutes, not to mention all the people from all over the world that you get to meet!


ICPS – The International Conference for Physics Students is a heavily subsidised week-long conference for students, taking place in a different European country every year. It is a great way to meet hundreds of students from all over the world and learn about all kinds of research. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to practice your presentation skills. You can also find an account I wrote of ICPS 2018 in Helsinki on the IOP blog here. In 2019 it will be in Cologne.

LOT – [New to 2019!] If you are an IAPS member you can register to attend the Lights of Tuscany. Happening in April, you will have the chance to visit facilities in Pisa and Florence such as the VIRGO, INFN/PISA and LENS laboratories. There will also be student talks and a career workshop.

PLANCKS – The Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students is a contest, symposium and scientific excursion packed event. It will take place in Odense, Denmark in May, 2019.

YSC – Young Scientists’ Conference on Astronomy and Space Physics held in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Open Readings – This is the Scientific Conference for Students of Physics and Natural Sciences, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania in March every year.

EWASS – The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science will be taking place in Lyon, June 2019. It is organised by EAS, the European Astronomical Society. There will be many symposia and prizes.


CAPS – Close to my heart is the Conference for Astronomy and Physics Students, I’ve attended one in Sheffield (2012) and helped to organise one in St Andrews (2014). It’s only for students who are members of the IoP (anyone can join for free or cheaply), but it really is an awesome experience. It will be in Newcastle, June 2018!

CUWiP – The Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in the UK will be returning! It takes place at Oxford University in March every year; in 2015 it was a pretty amazing experience to stay in one of the colleges and meet Dame Jocelyn Bell!

NAM – The National Astronomy Meeting is organised by the RAS each year. It will be in Lancaster in 2019.

NSSC – The UKSEDS National Student Space Conference features talks by leading space science and industry figures, a careers fair, and more. It’ll be in March 2019 in Edinburgh.


CUWiP – These conferences for women studying Physics across the US is what inspired the UK CUWiP to come into being!


Space Generation Congress – For those more interested in the Space Sector, the SGC is always looking for volunteers.

CAP2018 – Communicating Astronomy with the Public conference, taking place in Japan in March 2018. You can see my account of the experience on the RAS blog here.

ICWIP – The next International Conference on Women in Physics will take place in Melbourne, Australia in July, 2020. Funding available for women from developing and low-income countries, deadline: March 8, 2019.

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