CDT students present at European Materials Research Society spring conference
Year 2 CDT students, Eliott Higgins and Gergo Pinter both attended and presented at this years European Materials Research Society spring conference. Congratulations to Gergo who received the best poster award!
Eliott Higgins writes:
This year’s European Materials Research Society (EMRS) spring conference was in sunny Nice. The EMRS is widely considered the largest European materials conference, attracting approximately 2,500 attendees to 28 parallel symposia across 5 days. The symposia covered a vast range of material science research including materials for energy, bio-materials, nano-functional materials and 2D materials, meaning there was something for pretty much everyone! I presented at the earth-abundant next generation materials for solar energy symposium and it was fascinating to see the vast array of materials being used for a variety of solar applications. During the week I was also able to do some exploring of Nice and visit a new country, Monaco. Whilst away I was able to try out some of the famous cuisine niçoise, including pissaladière (onion tart) and socca (chickpea pancake).
I thought that the conference was a great experience as it gave me a broader insight into the field of materials for energy and into the world of research outside of graphene and 2D materials. There was also plenty of opportunity to speak with different people in the fields from PhD students to professors, particularly at the poster sessions. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to present my recent work at such a prestigious conference. Overall I would highly recommend an EMRS or MRS conference if you want to expand your knowledge on a broader subject area and meet others in a similar field. I am coming back to Manchester with some new ideas for future research, which means it was definitely worth a visit!
Gergo Pinter writes:
I was also at the Spring EMRS meeting this year, the wide offering meant that there were several symposia relevant to my interests in autonomous micro power sources.
The size of the conference attracted researchers from all over Europe and further afield with invited speakers from all over the world too. The large number of concurrent talks meant that there was always something relevant for people in any materials research field. I also found that while some talks were not specifically relevant to my area, there were often new concepts or methods discussed that were relevant and new to me.
Aside from listening to the talks, I really enjoyed presenting my poster about my recent work on flexible thin film thermoelectronics. It was my first time presenting my work to others working on similar projects and I learned a lot during the useful discussion of my work with the other attendees. I was also very grateful to receive the 'Best Poster Award' in the 'Advanced materials, components & processes for integrated autonomous micro-power sources' symposium.
Overall, the week was a very valuable experience for gaining a wider understanding of what others are up to and for gaining some inspiration for new experiments and methods to try.