Residential conferences

Graphene NOWNANO holds a residential conference every year, where the CDT students, staff and external contributors (industry and academic) come together to take part in three days of talks, poster sessions, workshops, panel discussions and networking activities. All conferences are organised by the CDT students themselves, with all four student cohorts being represented and actively involved in the conference programme. Previous conferences included business-related workshops, talks from prominent figures in industry, scientific media and other science-related professions (e.g. an angel investor, a patent attorney).

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


The 2018 conference is being hosted by The University of Manchester. More information may be found at the conference website here.

The conference is student-organized, and will include talks, poster sessions, workshops, a panel discussion, and numerous networking activities.‌


Our joint conference with Graphene Technology CDT took place 12th - 15th June at Wyboston Lake. More information may be found at the Graphene Technolocgy CDT website here.

The conference was student-organized, and include talks, poster sessions, workshops, a panel discussion, and numerous networking activities.


2016 saw students from the Graphene NOWNANO CDT (Manchester), NOWNANO DTC (Manchester) and CDT in Graphene Technology (Cambridge) come together to organise the Annual CDT Summer Conference, held at Cranage Hall in Cheshire from 27th - 30th June. Talks were given by external speakers from both industry and academia including Prof. Patane from the Univerity of Nottingham, Prof. Ghezzi from EPFL Centre for Neuroprosthetics, Prof. Nicholas from the University of Oxford, Dr. Tobias from ICMAB-CSIC, Prof. Hewak from the University of Southampton, Prof. Green from King's College London, Dr. Zurutuza from Graphenea, Dr. Leroux from ETH Zurich, Prof. Striolo from UCL and Prof. Russo from the University of Exeter.

Students had the opportuinity to present their work to their peers and colleagues through talks and poster presentations and underwent training allowing them to present their research in sixty seconds! The conference was lucky enough to have Jorge Cham, PhD Comics Creator, come and speak at the formal dinner.



This year the annual summer conference traveled to Windsor and was held at Cumberland Lodge in the heart of Windsor Great Park between the 27th July - 1st August. Students presented their current research through poster sessions and talks and were invited to listen to academics from a range of academic institutions including the University of Hong Kong, Michigan State University, RWTH Aachen University, UNIST Korea, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany, University of Geneva, University of Manchester and University of Cambridge.


Another successful NOWNANO CDT annual conference was held at Cranage Hall in Cheshire from 9 -11 June 2014, with talks given by external speakers from the University of Stuttgart, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Ulster, DEFRA and RSC Environment, University College London, SuperSTEM, University of Salford, University of Oxford and Cardiff University. NOWNANO academics and current PhD students also presented their work, featuring talks and poster presentations.


As we do each year, the NOWNANO CDT held its annual student-led conference at Cranage Hall in Cheshire on 11-14 June 2013.

The conference was as successful as that of previous years, with involvement from external contributors (both industry and academic) representing Thermo Fisher Scientific, Imperial College London, University College London, Seagate Technologies and others, as well as featuring talks and poster presentations from NOWNANO PhD students and academics. The conference also featured several ice-breaker activities, photographs of which can be seen below.


In June 2012, NoWNANO held their annual student-led conference at Cranage Hall in Cheshire. The Summer School featured talks from external speakers, NoWNANO academics and current PhD students. Poster presentations were given by NoWNANO students and the Summer School also featured a day dedicated to business and enterprise, with workshops set up to provide NoWNANO students with an insight into the world of entrepreneurship. Just as importantly, the summer conference also provided students with an opportunity to network among their cohorts and academics. The conference was also opened up to research students on other PhD programmes in the field of Nanoscience within the University of Manchester and Lancaster University.

The conference was highly successful for the students, helping them to build potential research links, refining their presentation skills and exposing them to the world of business.


In 2011 a collaborative conference was held between the three Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centres in the UK - our own North West Nanoscience DTC, NanoDTC in Cambridge and BCFN (Nanomaterials) DTC in Bristol.

The conference was student-led and organised by those currently studying with the various DTCs, helping them to foster their communication, organisational and networking skills throughout the process. The event included contribution from industry speakers and academics from all three DTCs, group workshops, a panel discussion and plenty of team building activities!

Professor Dame Athene Donald who gave a talk at the conference has written a blog about the event.


The NOWNano CDT held its first annual residential meeting on 24th-25th June 2010 just outside Bolton, Lancashire. The School combined talks from external speakers and current PhD students working in the Nano field and included poster presentations by the Nano students. It was also an opportunity for the Nano students to network and gain a wider understanding of the Nanoscience area in both academia and industry.


Click on the thumbnail below to see a larger image of the programme from the NoWNANO conference held on 10 September 2009.

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