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Key Information

  • When

    Thursday 5th April 2018

  • Where

    University of Edinburgh

  • Event Team

    Dr. Wasiu O.Popoola & Dr. Majid Safari (University of Edinburgh) & Prof. Tim O’Farrell & Gemma Stephens (CommNet2)


Early career academics (ECA), by definition, are more likely to have a smaller professional network and are therefore less likely to be involved in big collaborative research and multi-partner research projects. There are also very limited opportunities available to ECA to broaden their research network beyond the often topic specific technical events like conferences. Moreover, addressing the contemporary information and communication research challenges of society requires concerted effort across very many research themes and expertise.

This networking event aims to foster and promote collaborative and synergetic research amongst early/mid-career academics in Wireless and Optical/Photonic Networking (including Photonic devices), and involves an excellent line-up of experienced academics to impart their advice and to help build links between early and established career academics. There is also a dedicated workshop aiming to establish a diverse professional network that will function post-event, 

Championed by Dr. Wasiu O'Popoola of the University of Edinburgh and the EPSRC CommNet2 network, this is an event not be missed if you wish to broaden your own networks and horizons. Join us for the opportunity to connect, collaborate and innovate in your field. 

Events Team

Programme Details




Please click on the bars to the right/below to access the biographies of our excellent speakers. In preparing their talks, we have asked them to meditate on the following: 

  • Open collaborative research challenges in their area
  • Tips for ECAs on building, maintaining and sustaining a viable communications research group
  • Breaking into the research community as an EC, tips, suggestions and advice
  • Starting collaborative research in their area – dos, don’ts pitfalls and benefits
  • Why collaborate?

Coming Soon. Shortly we will be adding to the remaining sections and will have more information on our group activity and the short presentations (14.30 – 15.00) that will allow attendees to quickly get to know everybody’s backgrounds. 


Thursday 5th April

Application Process

There is no registration fee for this workshop and we will fund:

  • 1 x night city centre accommodation (details TBC) the night prior to the event, 4th April 2018
  • a 3 x course conference dinner the evening prior to the event, 4th April 2018

Unfortunately we are unable to fund any travel costs incurred in reaching the venue or getting around the city.

We anticipate high demand for our 30 places so there is a short application process. The outcome of applications will be decided using the following criteria:

  • We normally expect ECAs to be within 5-10 years of their PhD award, however this is a loose definition and we would still encourage you to apply if you are outside this time frame.
  • We will try our best to achieve balance between the disciplines of Photonics, Optical Comms and RF & mmWave Comms
  • The strength of your answer to Q9

You will be notified of the final outcome of the application by Friday 2nd March.

You can either fill out the form (embedded right/below), or click here to open link in a new tab.

Event Team

Dr. Wasiu O.Popoola

Dr. Majid Safari

Prof. Tim O'Farrell

Gemma Stephens

From the University of Edinburgh

From CommNet2

Staying Over & Dinner (4th Apr)


One night’s accommodation will be pre-booked for successful applicants in the city of Edinburgh for the night before the event, 4th April 2018.

Attendees will be staying at Masson House on the Pollock Halls Campus. Rooms at Masson House are supplied by the University of Edinburgh and are modern and comfortable, with Freeview TV, en-suite bathroom facilities, plus essentials such as a telephone, wireless and cabled internet access and tea/coffee-making facilities. Furthermore, a full Scottish breakfast will be served for attendees at Masson House on the morning of 5th April.

Check in is guaranteed from 14:00, however, if your room is ready on arrival beforehand, you will be able to check in. Check out is normally by 10:30.

Free parking may be available at Masson House, but this is strictly on a first come. first serve basis and cannot be pre-booked or guaranteed, In the event of there being no parking spaces available, the porters will be able to direct you to alternatives.  

Masson House Website

Maps & Directions

We ask that you arrange your own travel to Edinburgh and make your own way to the Masson House accommodation on the 4th April. However, see below for maps and guidance.

Workshop Dinner

On the night of the 4th April, we will be holding a Workshop Dinner for our attendees at the Apiary Restaurant close to the Masson House accommodation (~7 minute walk, see map below). Dinner begins at 7.30pm and the costs of a 3 course meal will be covered by CommNet2. We hope this will give attendees the chance to network ahead of the event.

We do require your menu choices ahead of the event so please submit these using the form below.

Apiary Website

Reaching the Event (5th Apr)


Our venue for the workshop is the Sanderson Building at the University’s School of Engineering. The School is a 30 minute walk from Masson House so we are providing a coach to transport our attendees on the morning of the 5th.  The coach will leave from Masson House reception at 08.30am sharp so if you would like to join us for the lift, please ensure you are at Masson House reception at this time.