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More than 60 participants at the DOC-FAM School EMERGING 2021

The #Emerging2021 DOC-FAM school came to an end after a week of lectures, poster sessions, and more!
Artur
Jul 7, 2021
The DOC-FAM students at the ICMAB Terrace

The EMERGING 2021 DOC-FAM School took place 28 June - 2 July 2021. The opening ceremony started on Monday with a speech by ICMAB Director Xavier Obradors and ended on Friday with the award ceremony for the best posters and the best talks given by the PhD researchers. In between, EMERGING 2021 offered 16 invited talks, 22 talks by the DOC-FAM fellows, a roundtable and a live poster session of the participants.

The invited talks included 16 researchers, both local and international, with researchers joining online from Italy, Portugal, France, Canada, and the United States. Their scientific lectures and technical talks covered a broad range of topics related to materials science, like energy harvesting, superconductivity, supramolecular chemistry, litography, biomedicine, characterization methods, and many more.

Some lectures also covered interdisciplinary topics, like the European Research Council (in a talk by Rodrigo Martins), the current state of research publications (by Stefano Ossicini), or the relationship between art and science (by Mónica Bello).

Zoom screenshot of the online talk given by Jillian Buriak

Talk on Nanopatterns with a (Chiral) Twist via Self-Assembly by Jillian Buriak.

The roundtable about "Life after PhD" included Julio Ríos, Coordinator of Innovation and Technology Transfer management at the Hospital de Cádiz, Violeta Vázquez, R&D and Innovation Consultant at Zabala Innovation, Elena Galán García, Project Leader Material Development at Novaled, and Lorena Tomás, Manager of the Research Projects and Grants Department at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), four professionals who shared the ways in which their careers took shape after finishing their PhDs.

Zoom screenshot of the online roundtable. Includes the four researchers invited to the talk, the audience in the ICMAB conference room and host Laura Cabana.

Roundtable about life after the PhD, hosted by Laura Cabana, DOC-FAM coordinator. 

The poster session took place at ICMAB’s terrace, our first live event since the beginning of the pandemic. Definitely a breath of fresh air! The 13 posters, made by PhD fellows participating at the DOC-FAM school, were defended by its authors as there was a competition for the best poster, voted by the participants at the school and some of the organizers and speakers.

Poster session at the ICMAB terrace.

Poster session at the ICMAB terrace

The winners were announced in the closing event of the school:

  • 3rd place: Sara Ruiz, from the NANOMOL group
  • 2nd place: Wid Makseriwattana, from the NN group, working with magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications
  • 1st place: Adara Babuji, from the SURFACES group, working on organic and hybrid electronics

The three poster session winners holding their diplomas.

From left to right: Adara Babuji, Sara Ruiz, and Wid Makseriwattana

The ceremony ended with the announcement of the winners of the best DOC-FAM talks, which were also voted by the PhD reserachers themselves:

  • 3rd place: Artur Romanov, from the SUMAN group, working on ultrahigh field conductors for accelerators physics
  • 2nd place: Jewel Ann Maria Xavier, from the LMI group, working on architectured nanoparticles for medical and environment friendly technologies
  • 1st place: Roberto Fabião Santos, from the Nanomol group, working on dynamic supramolecular bio-interfaces and hydrogels as biomimetic materials for cancer immunotherapies
The winners of the DOC-FAM talks awards
From left to right: Roberto Fabião Santos, Jewel Ann Maria Xavier, and Artur Romanov
 
This year we wanted the DOC-FAM school to reach as many people as possible, so the 60 registered attendees were joined everyday by a live audience who followed along on YouTube! The livestreams are available, and you can access the almost 25 hours of talks and lectures in our YouTube channel.
 

 About the school

The Emerging DOC-FAM School (EMERGING2021) is coordinated by ICMAB in the context of the Doctoral Training Programme in Functional Advanced Materials (DOC-FAM) project (H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2016), which offers an excellence training programme in the bourgeoning field of Functional Advanced Materials through an interdisciplinary, intersectorial and international approach.

The programme is developed in coordination with the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute of the National Microelectronics Centre (IMB-CNM-CSIC) and ALBA Synchrotron (ALBA-CELLS), whose researchers collaborated on the EMERGING 2021 school with insightful lectures. This programme complements the FUNFUTURE programme, ICMAB’s second recognition as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence.

Thank you to all the organizers, collaboators, invited speakers and participants to make it possible!

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