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Conference 2018 – Registration & Details

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



Date: Thursday 20th September 2018

Time: Start 10.00 and close at 16.30

Book early to ensure your place – the ‘Early Bird’ discounted rates will end on 31st July, after which standard rates will apply.

IST Conference 2018 Flyer

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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Science Council’s CPD Awards 2018 – nominations by 20th July

Are you an IST registrant (RSciTech, RSci and CSci) and feel that you have an excellent CPD record, then why not consider nominating yourself for a Science Council CPD award? Or perhaps you consider one of your colleagues or one of your team to have an excellent example of what should be done, in terms of undertaking and logging CPD, then why not submit on their behalf?

Full details: Science Council CPD Awards 2018.

These awards celebrate the efforts and achievements of registrants across Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and in recent years the IST’s registrants have been very successful:

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

IST Registrants Win Science Council CPD Awards

IST Members Win Science Council CPD Awards

Why not make a submission – there’s nothing to lose

63rd Annual General Meeting

The Institute of Science and Technology held its 63rd AGM at 1pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

Many thanks to those who attended this year, don’t forget that the Institute of Science & Technology is YOUR Professional Body, therefore all Members are welcome to attend the AGM every year.

The meeting was hosted at the University of Sheffield and commenced with the Chairperson’s report from Terry Croft, and the Finance report was developed by Finance Officer Joan Ward and delivered by Michelle Jackson in her absence.

Our President, Dr Helen Sharman OBE, could not attend this year, but made the time to write her Presidents address for the AGM, which Terry reported as follows:

“The Institute of Science and Technology remains focused on supporting its members, be they individual technicians or organisations that employ technicians. This is done in many ways at many levels and by many people. The support given to individuals like mentoring and specific career guidance has not diminished and work with employers continues to gain momentum with the Technician Commitment.

Notwithstanding direct support to members, the IST, along with other professional bodies affiliated to the Science Council, has been examining its relationship with the Science Council and much effort has been given over recent months to ensuring that the Science Council represents our views to Government, communicates to us relevant issues and transfers best practice and ideas between professional bodies. All this needs to happen efficiently of course, including making best use of funds, while remaining on the right side of General Data Protection Regulations. The outcome of an intense exchange of views has led to a better understanding by the Science Council of the way the IST operates and supports its members, along with an improved sense that smaller professional bodies like the IST should be taken notice of. We go into the next year with confidence that the IST is being taken seriously at a national level.

IST’s ‘business as usual’ as well as additional Science Council matters would not have been possible without the time, dedication and commitment that many members make to the IST and to other IST members. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the IST’s success this year. I would like to make particular mention of Terry Croft and his Executive team for their hard work that has enabled it all to happen.

Finally, I wish you a successful AGM and I look forward to seeing you at this year’s annual conference in Newcastle in September.”

– Dr Helen Sharman OBE, IST President   

At every AGM, elected positions of the Executive have to undergo elections and retiring members are eligible for re-election. This year Terry Croft was re-elected to the Executive.

This year Ian Moulson chose to stand-down after many years serving the Executive and it was with much reluctance and sadness that his resignation was accepted. A Nomination for Michelle Jackson to take up the vacancy in elected Executive members was received and accepted.

Derek Sayers has operated as a co-opted member of the Executive in recent years and he chose to also step down from his Executive seat and his resignation was accepted with much appreciation for his valued support over his many years on the Executive.

This leaves three available spaces for IST members to be co-opted onto the Executive for a fixed period to undertake specific roles as defined by the Executive and this will be considered during the forthcoming year.

Although it is with great sadness that two longstanding and influential members of the Executive have stood down, it is a great delight that both have accepted nominations to become Vice-Presidents of the IST. They will be continue to advise and contribute to the work of the Institute.

Ian Moulson (left) and Derek Sayers (right) officially accepting their new roles as IST Vice-Presidents. Very well deserved and both will play continuing important parts of the IST’s future.

2018 Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors

Key Sponsors


Many thanks to our Key Sponsors and Exhibitors. They will be in the Exhibitor zone at this years Conference.

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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