February 23rd and 24th, the fourth Materials Science Graduate Students Days took place in Kollektorn, MC2. Around 50 PhD students in materials science and 6 invited speakers met for two days of presentations and social events. The students had the opportunity have popular science presentations required within the GTS package. The invited speakers presented their reflections on their personal career paths and career planning. There were also poster sessions and a lab tour of the MC2 clean room and of the Chalmers Materials Analysis Lab (CMAL).
The MSGSD is an annual event for the graduate school in materials science. The graduate school spans three departments; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (K), Physics (F), and Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MoT). The symposium is an opportunity for the students of the different departments to meet up and discuss their research.
Each session started with a presentation from one of the invited speakers, all of whom have a background in materials science. Christer Svanberg from Borealis began the talks with a presentation of his role within Borealis as well as the different opportunities for PhDs. After him, Maria Knutson Wedel, vice president of Chalmers, gave her reflections on the most important things she learned during her PhD studies and during the years of experience she gained afterwards. Heije Westberg from Minesto talked about the responsibilities that come with having a PhD and working in a small company. On Wednesday, Helena Wassenius from BIM Kemi shared her experiences of being a PhD in a medium sized company. Johan Felix from Chalmers Industriteknik talked about his career path from being a PhD student to working at a research institute, and finally to where he is now. Julie Gold, vice head of the Department of Physics (Chalmers) and with an interest in educational and carrier questions, wrapped up the event by group discussions on the topic of career planning.
New for this year were the best poster prizes. Three students were rewarded for their well-composed posters. The winners were Simon Lindberg (F), Xueting Wang (K), and Casey Jessop (MoT).
The MSGSD organizing group; Lena Falk, Mikael Rigdahl, Hanna Härelind, Saba Atefyekta, Casey Jessop and Kristina Lindgren, would like to thank everyone that attended the event! We would also like to thank the Materials Science area of Advance for funding.
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