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Phil Buckle Research Communication Competition

Win a prize for your three-minute presentation on semiconductor physics.

With the kind agreement of his family, friends, and colleagues, the IOP Research Communication Competition has been renamed in memory of Phil Buckle. 

Phil was one of the most enthusiastic and supportive members of our community and had a passion for communicating ideas and research in a manner accessible to all.

The competition, organised by the IOP Semiconductor Physics Group, is open to all PhD students attending the UK Semiconductors conference, where you can give a three-minute presentation suitable for a non-specialist audience, outlining your PhD research.

Cash prizes are awarded to the winning presentations.


  • You must be currently undertaking a PhD project.
  • You may sign up for the competition when registering for the conference or by emailing [email protected] to register your interest.
  • IOP membership is not required to sign up for the competition – though it is always encouraged.
  • Unfortunately the number of places are limited, so please register as soon as you can.

Presentation format

  • Presentations should communicate the most interesting and important points of your PhD research in a succinct way and in layman’s terms to a generalist audience – think of it as like explaining your research to your friends or family who don’t necessarily have a background in scientific research (or indeed semiconductor physics and devices).
  • Overhead slides may be used if you feel these are most appropriate, though it is recommended that you keep them to a maximum of three slides. Feel free to be creative and use some other presentation format to communicate your research if you feel this is a better option.
  • Each presentation will be strictly limited to three minutes.
  • Due to time constraints there will be no questions from the audience at the end of each presentation.

Calendar 2023

  • 12 July: conference day one (competition held on this day)
  • 13 July: conference day two

Non-participating delegates

The competition will be an open event to everyone attending the conference so delegates who are not presenting in the competition are invited to join the audience to view the presentations.

Any other questions about the competition? Please email: [email protected].