How was the Group set up?
The Early Careers Group started out as the Early Careers Research Committee in October 2017 with the aim of increasing the visibility and engagement of younger members within AILU. The aim is that, as the careers of members of the ECG develop through industry and academia, they will maintain contact with AILU and encourage the next generation of industrial laser users.
There are added benefits for Group members, such as increased networking with peers at other academic/research institutions and businesses, profile-raising, and the addition of new skills to enhance CVs.
The initial focus of the ECG initiative was to produce a column of articles and features for the AILU’s magazine, “The Laser User”.
What’s happening now?
The role of the ECG had expanded since it was formed. Members regularly submit short features to their dedicated page in the magazine, and in addition, contribute in-depth 2-page R&D articles as well as observations on other authors’ articles. They are strategically developing the group to include commercial and industrial members so that the group reflects the make-up of all AILU members.
Group meetings are held twice a year, usually December and June. The meetings are held face-to-face with online access and hosted by one of the members. The meetings often involved a tour of the facilities at the different institutions – the image shows a recent tour round the facilities at WAM, University of Warwick.
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Interested in joining?
Meetings are very informal and relaxed and you will be made very welcome. There are between 15-20 members of the committee at any one time and it is open to anyone who fulfils the following criteria:
- current Masters and PhD students
- researchers who are within 5 years of a completed postgraduate degree
- those in the early stages of their career in industry
- others for whom supervisors/line managers would like to make a special case
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