The 2016 conference was held in Mallorca in May, allowing the first and second cohorts of students to meet each other again, report progress in their projects, gain training in science communication skills and, not least, see something of the environmental sciences represented by sites on the island.
IAPETUS2 is only able to consider applications from Home/European Union candidates. International candidates are not eligible to be considered and where an candidate from another EU country has not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their studies with IAPETUS2, they will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship.
The 2016 IAPETUS Student Conference was held in Mallorca over May 4-8, and was expanded from a normal conference into a combination of a workshop, fieldtrip and planning session – allowing both cohorts the opportunity to shape the direction of IAPETUS. The 2014 cohort of PhD students gave talks at IMEDEA (Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies), while the 2015 cohort summarised their work in a poster session held on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. All of the presentations were peer-reviewed by the other students on the trip, and by a mentoring team drawn from partner universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Durham. The time was rounded out by field excursions to sites of environmental and Earth Sciences interest around Mallorca. Two of the students took the chance to visit local research institutes, as well as IMEDEA itself (http://imedea.uib-csic.es).