IST Conference 2017 – 14th September


IST One-day Technical Conference 2017
The Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester
Date: Thursday 14th September 2017
Time: Start 10.00 and close at 16.30

IST Conference Leaflet
IST Conference Programme
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** Book early to ensure your place – we were oversubscribed last year and had to close our delegate list early **

Our IST Conference this year on the 14th September in Leicester is shaping up to be a very exciting event so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Last year was so successful, we simply ran out of capacity due to demand and so we have booked a much bigger venue in the Mecure Grand Hotel.  Let me introduce to you our two thrilling keynote speakers:

Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme and a Director of the National Space Centre – the UK’s largest visitor centre for space science and astronomy.
Prof. Anu OjhaAnu co-led the development of the UK’s National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the space sector and is the lead for Skills/Training/Education for the ongoing strategic UK Government programmes of collaboration in Space Science and Technology with China and the Gulf States.  Anu is a member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council Skills and Engagement Advisory Board and was Principal Investigator for the Astro Academy: Principia educational experiment programme conducted by UK astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. He has also worked as a consultant for ESA using data from the SOHO orbiting solar observatory and Mars Express and has written and presented numerous international teaching films for ESA targeted for European students and teachers.

National Space Academy Anu continues to teach physics on the National Space Academy’s Space Engineering (A level pre-University) and Higher Apprenticeship (undergraduate) courses run in partnership with Loughborough College and the University of Leicester and in 2010 was winner of the UK space sector’s Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Inspiration. In 2014 he was appointed OBE for services to science education and in 2016 was appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester. He is currently President of the Astronautics Records Commission of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale – the world governing body for airsports and human aerospace/astronautics achievements.

Over the last twenty years Anu has also continued his involvement in high-altitude expeditions, free-diving and scuba diving and has a deep interest in human performance/physiological science in extreme environments. A current skydiver with over 1300 jumps, Anu was involved as an independent science analyst for the Red Bull Stratos stratospheric skydive programme and is supporting the development of the Blue Abyss project – to build the world’s largest neutral buoyancy facility in the United Kingdom for use by commercial diving, space industry and marine energy infrastructure organisations.

Dr Turi King, Reader in Genetics and Archaeology at the University of Leicester, will be enthralling us about her work leading ‘The King’s DNA analysis in the Richard III identification project.
Dr Turi KingIn August 2012, the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, began one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost grave of King Richard III. The last English king to die in battle.  Incredibly, the excavation uncovered not only the friary of Grey Friars, but also a battle-scarred skeleton with spinal curvature. On 4th February 2013, the University announced to the world’s press that these were the remains of King Richard III.  The University of Leicester’s Department of Genetics is famous as the birthplace of DNA fingerprinting, discovered there by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys in 1984 and widely used by governments and law enforcement since then. However, a different approach was required when the Department of Genetics’ Dr Turi King set out to investigate whether Skeleton 1 from the Greyfriars site was the remains of Richard III involving possible connections between individuals born five centuries – and many generations later – than Richard.


We have a great line up of 15 workshops for you throughout the day, delivered by technicians and experts alike.  Helen Sharman OBE FRSC (our President) will be leading an “interactive” workshop to engage with you to discuss “What do you want from YOUR professional body and how you would like to see it develop over the coming years”.   We want to make sure that alongside our hard work promoting and raising the profile of technicians across the sector that we deliver a professional body that is relevant to you and covers your needs.

Best Poster Prize – Win an iPad mini

iPadMiniWe will again be offering a prize for the Best Poster – so you have an opportunity to contribute to the Conference through our poster competition, and win an iPad mini!!
It’s your chance to share your work experience with others in an informal way, to tell a story in pictures and/or words. Please email if you would like to submit a poster and we can arrange to reserve space for your presentation.
All posters must be manned by a delegate who is atteding at the Conference, and the iPad will will be presented in the afternoon session of the event.
Best Poster Competition Leaflet – full details of the submission details and judging criteria.

Target participants

The Conference has been specifically organised for technicians, technologists, technical supervisors, laboratory/service managers and technical managers.

(Please note that ‘Early Bird’ discounted rates expired on 21st July)

£49 – IST members
£59 – non-members
£49 – Groups => 6 (IST members and/or non-members)
£40 – Special invite – this rate is for delegates with a special invitation from the IST Executive
£90 – Accommodation the evening before the Conference

The Conference offers an ideal opportunity for suppliers of products/services to develop new influential contacts, promote their products through sponsorship, and to also reinforce existing relationships. Conference sponsors will be engaging with a large group of technical managers who purchase their types of services/products and technical staff who are likely to be recommending or providing feedback to the technical managers.

Sponsors from last year were very pleased with their experience and all felt that the visits were hugely beneficial. Further information about this year’s Conference follows below:
IST Conference 2017 Sponsorship Info
IST Conference 2017 Sponsorship Form

Please put this date in your diary and watch this space for further information. If you wish to provisionally add your name to the delegate list – pending announcement of costs please contact

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