Dr Simone Graetzer
Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford
The Early Career SIG of the UK Acoustics Network Plus (SIG-EC) consists of over 500 members from industry, academia and the third sector in the early stage of their careers. We particularly encourage participation from final year PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career acousticians, engineers and lecturers. We work closely with the Institute of Acoustics Early Careers Group and the European Acoustics Association’s Young Acousticians Network.
The aims of the Early Career SIG are to bring our members together to gain and share knowledge and expertise, to facilitate pilot research, to foster communication across disciplines, and to strengthen links between industry and academia. We want to increase the participation of early career members in academia, industry, government, and consulting. We aim to use the knowledge and experience of academic and industry partners to facilitate the development of the next generation of acousticians. We, and our network as a whole, are committed to equality of treatment, to increasing diversity and participation in acoustics of under-represented groups, and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all network members.
In UKAN+, which started on 1st April 2021, the Early Career section has its own executive board, and representation on the UK Acoustics Network Plus Executive Board. The chair of the Early Career Executive Board is Dr. Simone Graetzer (University of Salford), who is also the current Early Career Acoustic Champion for Wellbeing. The other members of the board are Dr Arshdeep Singh, the Early Career Acoustic Champion for AI (University of Surrey), Dr Merate Barakat, the champion for Sustainability (UWE Bristol), Dr Xudong Niu, the champion for Manufacturing and Transport (University of Bristol), Dr. Hasina Begum, the champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Richard Colchester, the champion for Outreach and Public Engagement (University College London).
Previous UKAN committee/board members include Dr. Sam Jackson (Bristol/Dyson), Dr. Artur Gower (Sheffield), Dr. Nikhil Banda (Seiche), Dr. Stewart Haslinger (Imperial), Monika Kosecka (Scottish Association for Marine Science), Dr. Nikhil Mistry (Southampton), Cameron Salisbury (AECOM), Dr. Tobias Goehring (Cambridge), Dr. Antonio Torija Martinez (Salford), Dr. Lin Wang (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr. Nikhil Banda (Drumgrange Ltd).
We will hold an informal gathering at the UKAN+ Annual Conference on the 14th September. Currently, we are planning our 2023-2024 series of Connecting SIGs events, the first of which will be held on the 22nd September, on the Future of Acoustics for Wellbeing and Health. Our UKAN+ Summer School 2023 (UKANSS23) will be held on the 26th to 28th September.
If you have any ideas for other events or want to get involved, email us at email@example.com.
We held our first, informal meeting in April at Acoustics 2018 in Cardiff.
In August, 2018, we held our first UK Acoustics Network Summer School (UKANSS18) at Gregynog Hall in Wales. The focus was on the development of key or “transferable” skills in communication, networking, collaboration, entrepreneurship and teamwork, career development advice and information about funding opportunities, and training in signal processing and practical applications of frequency analysis. We were able to secure presenters including Professors and Readers from the University of Sheffield, the University of Bristol, the University of Southampton, University College London, the University of Salford, and London South Bank University, and representatives from Thales, Dyson, Ultrahaptics, Brüel & Kjær, and the Engineering Panel of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
On the 7th of January, 2019, we held an informal social event at the UKAN first anniversary meeting in Sheffield.
On the 8th and 9th of April 2019, we held a two day event at Imperial College London on Building Effective Academic-Industrial Partnerships in Acoustics, incorporating the second meeting of the Vibro-acoustics Special Interest Group. Industry partners included DSTL, Audio Analytics, Dyson, Precision Acoustics, Hoare Lea, AECOM, John Cotton Group, Ultrahaptics, and KBR.
In August 2019, we held our second Summer School (UKANSS19) on Machine Learning for Acoustics at Gregynog Hall, Wales. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from experts in Python programming and in machine learning with Acoustics applications.
On the 9th and 10th of September 2019, we held two events at ICA 2019 in conjunction with the Young Members group of the IOA, the Young Acousticians Network of the EAA, Junge DEGA, and the YRAM network, amongst others. UKAN also collaborated with the ENRICH training network in running a workshop on building careers in industry and academia.
In October 2019, we had a very successful stand at New Scientist Live. Click here to see a video.
In November 2019, we met at the second anniversary event of the UK Acoustics Network.
In June 2020, we were involved in running a webinar on writing applications for research fellowships. More information is on this page.
In October 2020, we ran a special session on industry-academic collaboration at Acoustics 2020 in Chester. This session was run jointly by our group and the Institute of Acoustics Early Careers (formerly Young Members) group. Speakers included Andrew Mathieson from Thales and Joseph Allen from RBA Acoustics.
We ran a series of webinars from 1st September to early December 2020. For more information, click here.
On Monday 11th October 2021, we ran an event on Effective Collaboration between Academia and Industry at Acoustics 2021 jointly with the Institute of Acoustics Early Careers Group (formerly, Young Members Group). More information is available here.
In late 2021 to mid-2022, we ran the first series of Connecting SIGs events. Each was overseen by an Early Career Acoustic Champion and included talks on the research areas covered by the SIGs involved, and short talks from SIG members about their current research. If you are interested in learning more about future workshops, or have feedback about a workshop you attended, contact your Early Career SIG coordinator.
On Friday 10th March 2023, we ran an event on Building a Career in Acoustics in central Manchester. Speakers included Trevor Cox, Jo Webb, Robin Langley and Stephen Turner. Click here for more information. The slides are available to view in the Resources section of this website. The videos are available on the UKAN+ YouTube channel.
On the 20th and 21st April 2023, we jointly organised the ‘Art of Being a Consultant/Art of Being an Acoustician’ event with the Institute of Acoustics, held at the Little Ship Club in London. Click here for more information.
SIG-EC members communicate via the Slack app. Our workspace address is earlycareerukan.slack.com. Step 1: Download the app. Step 2: Email us at the address below, specifying the email address you wish to use on Slack. Step 3: Accept our invitation to add you to our Early Careers Group channel. We have a social channel on Slack too!
We have a dedicated travel grant program that allows our members who are not EPSRC-funded to claim reasonable travel expenses. To find out more, click here.
For more information about this SIG and our events, or if you have ideas about a future event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find us on Twitter @EarlyCareerUKAN.