At the first Materials Science Graduate Student Days PhD students listened to popular science presentations of invited speakers in the field and other PhD students enrolled in the materials science graduate school.
The Materials Science Graduate Student Days 2013 took place in Kollektorn, MC2, and gathered about 40 PhD students. There, they had the opportunity to listen to inspiring talks by industry and academia, join a poster session and a lab tour and to connect with other PhD students enrolled in the materials science graduate school. The graduate school is common to students from the departments Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MoT), Applied Physics (TF) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (KB) involved in materials science research. In order to encourage interaction between the students - an organizing commitee consisting of the graduate school responsibles Professors Lena Falk (TF), Sten Eriksson (KB) and Mikael Rigdahl (MoT) and PhD students Anna Clemens (TF), Rakshith Sachitanad (KB) and Christos Oikonomou (MoT) invited all member students to join a one and a half day programme, the first "Materials Science Graduate Student Days".
The students could give a popular scientific presentation of their PhD projects, which is part of the Generic and Transferable skills programme requirement within the PhD education at Chalmers. Some of the auditing students were organized into a symposium panel who would ask primary questions after each presentation, an excellent opportunity to practise question posing in non-familiar subjects. "How to grow artificial ears from polysaccharide", "How to produce piezoelectric textiles that, incorporated into backpack straps could possibly charge a cell phone" or "What contributes to pulp hornification?" - were among the presented PhD projects. In addition, a poster session created even more opportunity to exchange ideas and mingle during the coffee breaks.
Jan-Eric Sundgren, former Chalmers President, currently at Volvo Group Global, talked about the importance of University-Business Co-operation. In order to create competitive future products, an interaction with universities is an efficient talent pipeline from the industrial point of view. He outlined the material challenges in different fields and encouraged the PhD students to have visions and create new materials especially in the areas of composites and energy storage materials. Nina Simic from Akzo Nobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals described possible scientific career paths in industry ranging from R&D engineer, to project leader to group manager. As the main difference between a researcher career in university versus industry, Nina named the specific driving forces: fundamental understanding versus cost reduction, which do not necessarily go hand in hand.
In the late afternoon the students could join well prepared tours through the labs of the divisons Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Microstructure, Chemical Physics Biological Physics and the Cleanroom before attending a dinner.
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Contact Lena Falk for any questions firstname.lastname@example.org. The Materials Science Area of Advance financed the event.