The SELECTA Mid-term review meeting and Workshop was held on 5-9 December 2016 in Goteborg, Sweden. All the ESRs and at least one representative of each Beneficiary and Associated partners participated in the meeting. During the Workshop, entitled: “Bridging innovation and entrepreneurship with sustainable materials development”, the ESRs attended several lectures on sustainability, innovation and the EBSD technique. The training in soft skills, provided to the ESRs by Chalmers Ventures, was focused on innovation aspects. In turn, the ESRs presented their latest results and they prepared the presentations for the Project Officer. A lab tour was also scheduled to show the facilities of Chalmers University of Technology.
The Mid-term review meeting started on Thursday at 14:00. After the introduction by the Project Officer, a representative of each of the SELECTA partners presented their institution and their role within the network. Then, the Coordinator, the Training Manager and the Project Manager presented the network and the mid-term report covering scientific, training, networking and management aspects. Subsequently, the SELECTA fellows introduced themselves and presented their project, training activities and results obtained so far. On Friday, the Project Officer met the ESRs altogether in a session to discuss administrative, supervision, training and integration issues. Afterwards, the partners also met the Project Officer to tackle financial and management aspects. Finally, the Project Officer provided her feedback concerning the performance of the network to all the participants.
The next event of the SELECTA network will be the Mid-term review meeting and Workshop entitled “Bridging innovation and entrepreneurship with sustainable materials development”. The meeting will be organized by CHALMERS and it will be held on December 5th-9th at Gothenburg, Sweeden. The SELECTA ESRs will present their progress and scientific and soft skills training will be provided to them. Besides, during the Mid-term review meeting the overall progress of the project will be presented to the Project Officer and the ESRs will have the opportunity to meet her. In turn, the Project Officer will evaluate and provide feedback concerning the performance of the network. Please take into account that attendance is mandatory for all the SELECTA ESRs and at least one scientist-in-charge from each partner institution. The following link should be used to register and pay the registration fees until November 20th 2016: http://www.chalmers.se/en/sections/conferences/selecta-workshop. Also, see below the agenda of the event and the hotel booking information.
The SELECTA Workshop entitled: “Micro and nano-electrodeposition for MEMS/NEMS and micro/nano-robotic platforms. Overview of lithography methods. Impact to society”, organized by HP was held on 29-31 August 2016 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The main goal of the Workshop was to train the ESRs in the following scientific topics: (i) Magneto-electrochemistry, (ii) Sputtering techniques and applications, (iii) Laser induced electrochemistry, (iv) Pulse plating and pulse reverse plating and (v) MEMS/NEMS for biochemical applications. Training in soft skills on writing scientific papers and interpreting referee reports and decision letters was also provided. Importantly, the SELECTA ESRs delivered 20 minutes presentations to show their project progress. After each presentation the members of the network had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss in detail the results and the future plans (20 minutes). During the management session the senior researchers fully discussed the future steps of the project, such as the preparation of the Mid-Term review meeting, the Periodic Report and the implementation of the secondments.
Two SELECTA ESRs from UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Doga Bilican and Evangelia Dislaki, were nominated as “Fellows of the week” on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Facebook page on Friday 22nd of July 2016. The “Fellow of the week” action aims to enhance the visibility of researchers involved in MSCA and their scientific projects on the social networks. To access the publication on the MSCA Facebook page, please click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Marie.Curie.Actions/photos/a.443662259040646.98825.135877696485772/1167318616675003/?type=3&theater
The SELECTA Workshop entitled “Micro and nano-electrodeposition for MEMS/NEMS and micro/nano-robotic platforms. Overview of lithography methods. Impact to society” organized by HP (Happy Plating) will be held on 29-31 August 2016 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The SELECTA ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) will deliver oral presentations to explain their scientific progress and they will be trained in the following scientific topics: (i) electrochemical and laser micro-machining for sustainable MEMS/NEMS and (ii) bioengineering and biomicrorobotics. The compulsory training in soft skills of this Workshop will consist in: science communication in media, business and research and outreach activities.Please, find attached information concerning the registration fees, the accommodation and the programme of the event.
On 14th June 2016, several members of the SELECTA network participated at the “Armourers and Brasiers’ Cambridge Forum”. Prof. Jordi Sort from UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) delivered an invited lecture entitled “Nanoporous materials for magnetism and spintronics applications”. Prof. Lindsay Greer from University of Cambridge was the chair of the session. Besides, the ESRs from University of Cambridge, Wilhelm Hüttenes, Samer Kurdi and Sundararajan Thirumalai, presented a poster with their latest research results. The event, which was held in the Pippard Lecture Theatre at the Cavendish Laboratory on the University of Cambridge's West Cambridge Site,is a one-day international conference held annually at the University of Cambridge. The programme is devised by the universityDepartment of Materials Science and Metallurgywhich has strong links with the Armourers and Brasiers' Company and it brings together leading Materials Scientists from universities and industry.
The SELECTA ESR from UOI (University of Ioannina), Carla Cutrano, participated in the “13th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnoligies (NN16)” which was held on 5-8 July 2016, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The objectives of the conference focused mainly on the latest advances on N&N by hosting scientific discussions between experts from different disciplines, promoting the innovative ideas and products from different geographical areas worldwide, starting new collaborations in R&D related with N&N, synchronizing the scientific and community sectors with the new research developments and the benefits from the multidisciplinarity of the N&N fields. Carla Cutrano presented her research work in the framework of the SELECTA project through a poster entitled: “Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of CuFe nanoclusters by density functional theory”.
On the 4th May 2016, Prof. Christina E Lekka from University of Ioannina (UoI) presented the SELECTA training seminar «Computational studies of metallic-hybridic materials» which took place in the Sala de Graus 2, Facultat de Ciències, Department of Physics of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Computational studies of metallic materials at different length scales were presented, aiming to train the SELECTA UAB’s early stage researchers (ESRs), to transfer the knowledge and to disseminate the UoI’s ERS (C. Cutrano) calculations in order to trigger fruitful discussions and collaborations within the project’s partners. Simulations of Cu and Al-based surfaces and FeCu coating were shown while their potential role for environmentally sustainable applications under the SELECTA project’s requirements were also discussed.
Two ESRs from UAB, namely Doga Bilican and Evangelia Dislaki, attended the “Meet the fellows 2016” which was held on 22 April 2016 at “La Corrala”, Madrid, Spain. This outreach event was intended to disseminate information about research projects to a non-scientific audience. Students from high school and college, as well as general public, had the opportunity to interact with the ESRs and learn how they perform the experiments in the laboratory. The two SELECTA fellows prepared a presentation to introduce themselves, their host institution and their scientific project within the framework of the SELECTA network. The presentation also included a short video to show the fundamentals of the electrodeposition process (see below). Finally, they answered questions from the audience concerning their research work and they shared experiences with other MSCA fellows.
The VU (Vilnius University) team presented their latest research results in the framework of the SELECTA project at the Chemistry & Chemical Technology 2016 | INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LITHUANIAN SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, which was held on 28-29 April 2016, at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania. The goal of the conference was to gather together scientists to discuss different topics in modern electrochemical, chemical and technological research. Prof. Henrikas Cesiulis gave a lecture about “Electrodeposition of Co-W alloys from macro- to nano- scale”. In turn, the SELECTA ESR, Aliona Nicolenco, presented a poster entitled: “New electrolyite for Fe-W alloys electrodeposition”. See below the abstracts of the VU team presentations.