The annual Cockcroft Institute Postgraduate Conference (CIPGC) was held on the 17th of October 2023 in the Merrison Lecture Theatre of Daresbury Laboratory. There was a working lunch session where speakers also presented the posters of their talks. The conference was organised in-person only with the exception of overseas contributions.
Throughout the day, there were a total of 18 presentations from students representing all areas of research at CI. The presenters were questioned by the audience and the judging panel composed of academic staff and CI partners. The panel then judged each presentation against a set of criteria and awarded prizes for the best three contributions.
Prizes were awarded to Adam Steinberg (Design of a Closed-Dispersion Arc with a Large Energy Acceptance for the TURBO Project in Melbourne), Catherine Swain (Synchrotron radiation simulations for development of non-invasive bunch length diagnostics) and Finlay Gunneberg (Depositing for a new Moment-Based PIC Code). The awards were announced by Dr Joe Wolfenden.
This year, the CI postgraduate conference also welcomed contributions from the ASTeC graduate students alongside with students from all four CI universities (Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, and Strathclyde).
After the conference, more scientific discussions and social interaction continued over pizza!