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IST Conference 2017 – Review

Mercure Leicester

IST One-day Technical Conference 2017
The Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester
Date: Thursday 14th September 2017

IST Conference 2017 – Programme

It was a beautiful, blue sky day in the centre of Leicester where people were arriving for the 2017 Institute of Science and Technology’s (IST) national conference. There was a buzz of anticipation as people queued at the conference reception desk in the Grand Mercure Hotel. Old friends caught up and new friends were being made, as people moved into the marble pillared main hall for a drink and a chat. Around the edges of the hall were sponsors stands, offering a chance to view the latest technologies and equipment. Delegates mingled with company representatives and with representatives from bodies such as the Science Council, Heated, and the TDM project. Everything a technician could ask for was there, coffee included. Read More »

HE Bioscience Technician of the Year Award

Could you be the first ever HE Bioscience Technical Staff Member of the Year?

UBMA and The Royal Society of Biology are combining to introduce a new award that aims to gain national recognition for superb technical work underpinning bioscience research, teaching and learning in UK and Irish Universities. Read More »

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!!

I'm a Scientist Get me out of HereI’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. It’s a free X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges. Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live CHATs. Then they ASK the scientists all the questions they want to, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of hereThere are a series of events planned, with the next ones scheduled for 6-17th November. Members of the IST can apply to take part. In brief, taking part allows your members to answer questions from school students all over the country. We’re especially keen to involve people in science roles that students wouldn’t necessarily think of at first, and those who’ve moved outside of research roles.

The deadline is currently 2nd October for the November event and any person working in a role related to science is eligible to apply. There are ‘general science zones’ and also specific places available for people related to Cells, Gravity, Microbiology, and Stress. This November’s event is supported by Wellcome Trust, Institute of Physics, the Physiological Society and Society for Applied Microbiology.

Dates for future events beyond November will be posted on the I’m a Scientist website – s0 why not see what they are planning and get involved?

IST Registrants Amongst the Winners/Commendations in Science Council CPD Awards 2017

On 21 September, winners of the Science Council’s CPD Awards were invited to a ceremony in London to celebrate their achievements.

The annual CPD Awards is designed to celebrate the continuing professional development (CPD) efforts and achievements of registrants from across the registers: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach). Now in its third year, the awards offer them recognition for their broad and diverse range of professional activities.

Science Council CPD Awards 2017
To be a winner or to be awarded a commendation for the CPD Awards demonstrates an individual’s commitment to undertaking work-based learning and self-directed learning at a high, exemplary standard in order to benefit the quality of their practice and to benefit colleagues, patients, clients or any other users of the service they provide.

Awards announced on the night are listed below.

CPD Award Winners

  • RSciTech, Laila Soraya, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
  • RSci, Laura Farrell, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
  • CSci, Daisy Shale, member of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • CSciTeach, David Overton, member of The Association for Science Education

CPD Award Commendations

  • RSci, Claire Hutton, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
  • RSci, Nicholas Dunn, member of The Association for Science Education
  • CSci, Lindsay Peer, member of The British Psychological Society
  • CSci, Mohamed El-Guindy, member of the Institute of Science and Technology
  • CSciTeach, Nicholas Girdler, member of the Royal Society of Biology

The IST Executive would like to offer its congratulations to all the award winners and those receiving commendations, and would like to express it’s delight that our registrants have done so well. Many congratulations!!

As we look forward to the CPD Awards 2018 next year, members of the IST who would be interested in submitting a nomination are advised to start working on evidence for their CPD record right away, ensuring that reflection against activities is well demonstrated, to be able to submit the best possible nomination.

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

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WorkFit Yorks & Humber Blog

Ben - WorkfitWorkFit Yorks & Humber has recently been working with the National Laboratory Service in Leeds to secure an employment opportunity for Ben (pictured, left).

Following a successful informal interview he began a work experience placement at the laboratory as a Laboratory Assistant, working for 10 hours a week over 2 days. Within a few weeks of him starting work, the team there were so impressed that Ben was offered permanent paid work and he is now an established member of the Sample Prep and Registration Team.

WorkFit Yorks & Humber blog April 2017