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IST Conference 2018 – 20th September

IST One-day Technical Conference 2018
Venue:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle

Thursday 20th September 2018
Start 10.00 and close at 16.30

Book early to ensure your place – Early Bird rates found below

IST Conference 2018 Leaflet
Online booking form


Directions from Newcastle Central

6-8 minute walk

Coming by train? – Book here: 

Our IST Conference this year on the 20th September in Newcastle is starting to take shape and promises be a very exciting event so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Last year we had fantastic speakers and workshops. To ensure our venue is big enough for even more people we have chosen the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Keynote Speakers:

Dr Kianoush Nazarpour, Reader in Biomedical Engineering, Newcastle University

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology, Newcastle University

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IST Annual General Meeting 2018 – 16th May

The 63rd Annual General Meeting of the IST will take place at 1pm on  Wednesday 16 May 2018

Location: Seminar Room – F02a Firth Court , University of Sheffield

All our members are cordially invited to attend the meeting and if you wish to do please complete the form below before 1st May 2018.

A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 and the meeting will commence at 1pm

It would be helpful if you only complete the form if you are sure that you can attend, as catering and venue arrangements are dependent on the number of returns.

An agenda will be sent to all those expressing a wish to attend, at least 14 days prior to the AGM. Read More »

The IST Proudly Supports National Apprenticeship Week

An apprenticeship can be a rewarding journey. Find out how you can develop your career, enhance your skills and belong to a professional community that can support you and your profession.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week # NAW2018 we are offering an extra 6 months free as an Associate or Affiliate of the Institute of Science & Technology.

Find out more here about the benefits of Membership.


“The Institute for Science and Technology (IST) is a proud supporter of National Apprenticeship Week 2018. There are an increasing number of Apprenticeships available to become professional technicians across all sectors from Advanced Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals, to research labs in Higher Education. As part of these programmes the apprentice is required to prove his or her competency through professional registration. The IST offers professional registration covering a wide variety of sectors and for NAW18 is offering apprentices and trainees 6 months free Associate or Affiliate membership of the IST”

– Terry Croft, IST Chair

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Lord Sainsbury opens the National Technician Development Centre

Lord Sainsbury was a special guest at the opening ceremony of the National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education which took place at the University of Sheffield today (Tuesday 13 February 2018).

Terry Croft, Lord Sainsbury and Professor Sir Keith Burnett at the opening of the National Technician Development Centre

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£1.125m grant to National Technician Development Centre for HE

Based in Sheffield, the National Centre will tackle the shortage of specialist technical skills in the Higher Education sector.

The National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education will provide HE Institutions with access to information, expertise and tools that will enable them to create a sustainable future for their technical staff and services.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded funding of £546,000 from its Catalyst Fund to the National Centre, which along with funding from the University of Sheffield and other partners of over £580k, represents a total investment of £1.125 million in the new National Centre.

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IST’s President, Helen Sharman Awarded CMG in New Year’s Honours List

Our Sincere Congratulations to our President, Helen Sharman, OBE CMG FRSC on Joining the Order of St Micheal and St George in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List

Helen Sharman OBE

Photo credit: Thomas Angus, Imperial College photographer

Dr Helen Sharman, Operations Manager for the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College, the first Briton in space and the IST’s President, has been awarded the Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of her services to science and technology educational outreach. Read More »