Recent Appointees in Materials Science

11th and 12th of September 2017, University of Exeter

Still accepting abstracts for poster presentations!

Recent Appointees in Materials Science (RAMS) is the only UK national conference specifically aimed at recent appointees (lecturers, research fellows, postdocs and industrial researchers) in Materials Science.

RAMS 2017 will incorporate symposia covering a broad range of subjects in Materials Science (from inorganic materials and functional nanomaterials, to biological, soft matter and electronic materials), to help recent appointees in academia and industry to build their national collaborative networks, exchange experiences and benefit from peer support.

The conference will also incorporate plenary lectures from leading UK materials scientists as well as sessions on essential training and development and information on funding opportunities through the RAMS network, targeted to help materials scientists at the start of their careers.

RAMS is one of a number of organisations set up in recent years to support new appointees to academic posts in particular subject areas. Our aim is to support those at the beginning of their career by providing a forum for networking. Balancing teaching and administration with trying to establish a research group can be a daunting task; RAMS seeks to provide a medium where new appointees can share their experiences and learn from their peers. So if you are a new research fellow, lecturer or a postdoc looking to have a career in any area of materials science, you may benefit from being part of the RAMS community.


RAMS 2017 will be held at the University of Exeter. The beautiful Streatham Campus is built around a country estate overlooking the city, is a registered botanic garden, and is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

The campus has seen a huge investment over the past years, with the Forum providing a stunning centrepiece, and the brand-new word-class Living Systems Building. A detailed map of the Streatham Campus can be seen here.

Conference sessions will be held at the Innovation Centre, a technological hub for high-tech businesses undertaking research and development and a gateway to the University's services and facilities for business.

Conference dinner will take place at Drakes Restaurant, at the Rougemont Hotel in the historic city centre.

Getting to Exeter

By air: Regular FlyBe flights connect Exeter airport to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, Manchester, Norwich and Newcastle.

By road: The M4/M5 links Exeter directly to London (via Bristol), the Midlands, South Wales and the North, including Scotland. The average journey from either London or the Midlands is 3 hours. The coach station is located at the city centre.

By railway: Exeter St David's station has main line railways via Taunton and Reading to London (2h20), Bristol (1h), Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Getting to the University of Exeter

By foot: The Streatham Campus is within easy walking distance of Exeter city centre, 10 minute walk to Exeter St David's train station.

By bus: The Campus is and served by the D bus to the city centre and the H bus to the city centre and St David's station.

By taxi: Taxi services in Exeter include Apple Taxis (01392 666666).

Parking at the University of Exeter

Pay and display car parking is available on the Streatham Campus. Parking permits available for participants upon request. Detailed map including car parks here.


Accommodation at the University Halls and adjacent buildings can be booked here, subject to availability.

We are working on getting the best deals for participants at hotels in Exeter. More information will be available soon.

Invited Speakers

Abstract Submission and Registration

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Registration will cost £80 (early bird, £100 after July 26) and it will include catering on both days, and conference dinner on the first day. It can be done in the University of Exeter Online Store.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission - July 6th

We are still accepting abstracts for poster presentations!

Abstract Acceptance Notice - July 10th
Early Bird Registration - July 26th
Late Registration - August 18th
RAMS 2017 begins - September 11th


Dr Ana Neves

Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Exeter since 2016

Dr Anna Baldycheva

Assistant Professor and Lecturer in 2D Optoelectronic Materials at the University of Exeter since 2014

Dr Isaac Luxmoore

Lecturer in Nanophotonics at the University of Exeter since 2016

Dr Steven Hepplestone

Lecturer in Physics at the University of Exeter since 2015