Student Conferences

[Last updated: 19th Dec 2019]

Student conferences are usually heavily subsidised, with amazing opportunities to learn about state of the art science facilities/institutes, not to mention all the people from all over the world that you get to meet!


ICPS – The International Conference for Physics Students is a heavily subsidised week-long conference for students. It is a great way to meet hundreds of students from all over the world and learn about all kinds of research. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to practice your presentation skills. You can find an account I wrote of ICPS 2018 in Helsinki on the IOP blog here. In 2020 it will be in Mexico!

LOT – If you are an IAPS member you can register to attend the Lights of Tuscany. Happening in April, you will have the chance to visit facilities in Pisa and Florence such as the VIRGO, INFN/PISA and LENS laboratories. There will also be student talks and a career workshop.

PLANCKS – The Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students is a contest, symposium and scientific excursion packed event. It will take place in London in May, 2020.

YSC – Young Scientists’ Conference on Astronomy and Space Physics held in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Open Readings – This is the Scientific Conference for Students of Physics and Natural Sciences, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania in March every year.

EAS – The European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting
(formerly known as EWASS) will take place in Leiden, June-July 2020.


CAPS – Close to my heart is the Conference for Astronomy and Physics Students, I’ve attended one in Sheffield (2012) and helped to organise one in St Andrews (2014). It will be in Newcastle, June 2018!

CUWiP – The Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in the UK will be hosted by the University of York, March 2020. I went in 2015, it was a pretty amazing experience to stay in one of the Oxford colleges and meet Dame Jocelyn Bell!

Womxn in Physics – Hosted by King’s College London each year, inspired by CUWiP. February, 2020.

NAM – The next National Astronomy Meeting will be in Bath, July 2020.

NSSC – The UKSEDS National Student Space Conference features talks by leading space science and industry figures, a careers fair, and more. It’ll be in March 2020 in Birmingham.


CUWiP – These conferences for women studying Physics across the US is what inspired the UK CUWiP to come into being!


SAAO 200 Symposium – [New!] A time to celebrate Africa’s heritage of astronomical excellence. October 2020, Cape Town.

Space Generation Congress – For those more interested in the Space Sector, the SGC is always looking for volunteers.

CAP – Communicating Astronomy with the Public conference, taking place in Sydney in September 2020. You can see my account of the experience on the RAS blog here.

ICWIP – The next International Conference on Women in Physics will take place in Melbourne, Australia in July, 2020. Funding available for women from developing and low-income countries, deadline: March 8, 2019.

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