University of Exeter announces technical services conference for 2017

Jonathan Cresswell, MIScT, Deputy Head of Technical Services, University of Exeter

Following the success previous two technical conferences, the University of Exeter will be hosting their third annual Technical Services conference on the 6 July 2017 in Exeter. 

The conference is organised by technicians, for technicians, so the keynote speakers and workshops have been tailored specifically for scientific and engineering technical staff who support research and research-inspired learning. The theme for the conference is 'Technician development', with workshops focusing on: networking; enhancing technical skills; personal and professional development; leadership and management; and health, safety and the environment.
Professor Sir Steve Smith BSc MSc PhD, the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive University of Exeter, has confirmed that he will be the primary keynote speaker at the conference.  The conference is also supported by Mike Shore-Nye, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Exeter, who will be presenting the conference awards at the end of the event and will conduct the event closing presentation. This demonstrates top level commitment to technical staff, and sends a really positive message. You can read more about the VC here and Registrar here.

There will be a 'professional development' zone established in the exhibition area, with representatives from the Science Council, the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), and HEaTED.  This is a perfect opportunity for technicians to discuss personal and professional development face to face with professional bodies. Everyone loves a competition with great prizes, so there will be a number of event competitions that technicians can enter, and suppliers exhibits may also have opportunities to win prizes!  Details of the competitions will be released on the university website.

This year is exciting, as the conference has been opened up to delegates from other Universities and partner organisationsThere has already been lots of interest from universities such as: Bristol; Cardiff; and Plymouth.  Technical staff from the Environment Agency National Laboratory Service have also expressed an interest in attending, so there will be a diverse range of technicians at the event.

The event is sponsored by a number of key suppliers who will have exhibits in the exhibition space, so it is a great opportunity to meet with them to see the latest tech available. Book your place today.

I thoroughly recommend that Universities across the UK hold events for their technicians to raise the profile of their technical staff. Technical managers should also encourage their teams to attend regional HEaTED network events and technical conferences at other universities to share best practices, grow technical networks, and gain CPD points towards their professional registration. 

Visit the University of Exeter's website for more details on Technical Services events at the University.

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