February 21st and 22nd, the fifth Materials Science Graduate Students Days were hosted by the Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology. The meeting took place in VDL (Virtual Development Laboratory) in M-building. Approximately 50 PhD students and five invited speakers, involved in materials science work and research, met for two days of presentations and social events. The students had the opportunity to give popular science presentations and prepare posters showcasing their work. The invited speakers presented their reflections on their personal career paths and what made them chose to follow these paths. There were also poster sessions and a lab tour of the Materials and Manufacturing Technology lab.
The MSGSD is an annual event for the graduate school in the Materials Science Area of Advance. 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, discuss their research, and enhance contact and co-operation between the different departments.
The event began with a presentation from invited speaker Vincent Nierstrasz, from the Department of Textile Technology at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, who presented the similarities and differences between doctoral studies and an academic career in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Sweden, based on his personal experiences. Cecilia Berlin, invited speaker from the Department of Product and Production Development at Chalmers gave a talk on “spreading the word” of your research through popular presentations. On the second day, Shabira Abbas, from SCA Hygiene Products AB, shared her suggestions on knowing which path one should adopt (Research in industry or academia) based on her own experiences. The next invited speaker was Melina da Silva, from Swerea IVF who presented her personal experience going from PhD studies to working life. Finally, the event ended with invited speaker Fang Liu, from the Physics Department, who presented the pros and cons of an academic career.
A new activity this year was a session called Scientific Speed Dating, where focus was on coming up with ideas of collaboration and getting to know the other PhD-students within the field of materials science. Students were paired off, and they had 5 minutes to present their research to each other. Then the pairs were changed, and the students had the chance to present their research and hear about the research of a new student. The discussions were lively and the students enjoyed themselves and the discussion continued into the dinner at Hyllan.
After the poster sessions, three students were awarded the best poster prizes for their well-composed posters. The winners were Masoud Rashidi (F), Kajsa Markstedt (K) and Johan Wendel (MoT).
The MSGSD organizing group; Lena Falk, Mikael Rigdahl, Hanna Härelind, Anand H.S. Iyer, Casey Jessop, Johanna Ekberg, and Giulio Calcagno, would like to thank everyone that attended the event! We would also like to thank the Materials Science Area of Advance for funding.