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CDT in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene NOWNANO CDT)

Students sitting watching a presentation at the latest conference

CDT conference

Each year we host a residential conference, off campus, organised by a committee of CDT students. The focus of the conference is to bring together graphene and 2D materials research students from across the CDT, based at Manchester and Lancaster, in conjunction with the Cambridge University Graphene centre.

The conference is student-led, with some industry sponsorship, and provides a forum for the sharing of knowledge and innovation across all fields of graphene and 2D materials science.

A conference theme is agreed and focused sessions are designed around that theme.

Group photo after the last CDT Conference

Conference activities include:

  • Invited guest speakers – inspirational speakers are invited to attend from a range of disciples to give their perspectives on the current landscape of their chosen field.
  • Student presentations – students give talks throughout the conference on their exciting research projects, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about an area that your own research may touch upon. And offers the presenter invaluable experience in presenting their research in a conference environment.
  • Poster sessions – these are a great opportunities to get our early cohorts designing posters and talking about the beginnings of their research, gaining beneficial insight from the older cohorts and invited guests.
CDT students looking at a poster board at a conference
  • Panels – individuals from a range of backgrounds, including academia and industry will be invited to sit on discussion panels on topics based on the conference theme, this is an opportunity to learn something new, ask questions and debate the issues!
  • Networking – creates opportunities to build a network of early-researchers working in related fields, encourages collaboration between students of different backgrounds, cohorts and institutions.
  • Formal dinner – all conference delegates will come together one evening for a formal dinner, with an invited speaker.
  • Social activities – our conferences are not all about the work!  There will be plenty of time to relax, switch off, catch up with colleagues from your cohort and have some fun in a range of student led activities.