I always imagined that conferences must be super boring grown up adult events where people go to make connections in order to climb up the astronomical ladder hoping to make their claims to fame. I was lucky enough to come across such a thing as student conferences, I gave it a shot, and have never looked back since! Such conferences are usually heavily subsidised, with amazing opportunities to check out some really cool 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, taking place in a different European country every year, and is the only conference of its kind! Having attended two conferences thus far I can also say that it is a wonderful experience, meeting hundreds of students from all over the world and learning about all kinds of research. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to practice your presentation skills and go on some super cool excursions. In 2017 it will be in Italy!
ESA – A lot of future conferences, all with ESA involvement.
PLANCKS – The Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students is a contest, symposium and scientific excursion packed event. It takes place in Graz, Austria in 2017.
Open Readings – This is the 60th Scientific Conference for Students of Physics and Natural Sciences, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania in March 2017.
CAPS – Close to my heart is the Conference for Astronomy and Physics Students, I’ve attended one in Sheffield and helped to organise one in St Andrews. It’s only for students who are members of the IoP (anyone can join for free or cheaply), but it really is an awesome experience. It will be in London, June 2017!
CUWiP – The Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in the UK will be returning! It will place at Oxford University in March 2017; in 2015 it was a pretty amazing experience to stay in one of the colleges and meet Dame Jocelyn Bell!
NAM – The National Astronomy Meeting is organised by the RAS each year. This year in Hull, July 2017.
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 2017 in Exeter.
CUWiP – These conferences for women studying Physics across the US is what inspired the UK CUWiP to come into being!
Space Generation Congress – For those more interested in the Space Sector, the SGC 2017 will be taking place in Adelaide, Australia in September. They’re always looking for volunteers.
CAP2018 – Communicating Astronomy with the Public conference, taking place in Japan in March 2018.
ICWIP – The International Conference on Women in Physics takes place every three years, so we have to wait until July 2017 for the next one, taking place in Birmingham, UK.