Networking with the international research community is of importance to get an inflow of new ideas and methodology and to benchmark against the best groups. This includes both outgoing and incoming researchers (faculty and students). We have established formal agreements with three leading materials science centres: University of California at Santa Barbara - UCSB (USA), ETH (Switzerland) and Stanford University (USA), and we are in the process of establishing an agreement with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Within the framework of the agreements, a yearly bilateral workshop is organized, and exchange of researchers is supported without demands of bench fee.
In addition, we have allocated funding for exchange also with other institutions. Faculty at Chalmers and GU Biomaterials can apply for funding (for themselves or for PhD-students) to spend time at another institution or to host incoming guest professors, researchers and students. This exchange is not limited to academic environments but can be between academy – academy, academy – industry, academy – institute.
We continuously support community building activities, both to build bridges between research groups at different departments at Chalmers and to promote an extended community involving our closest collaboration partners in industry and research institutes. Some of the tools we are working with are:
• Supporting topical workshops within an excellence profile area, to stimulate collaboration and create synergies
• Organizing targeted workshops together with companies
• Supporting the organization of international and national conferences at Chalmers and the Department of Biomaterials at the University of Gothenburg
• Newsletter and information meetings to make the community aware of strategies, funding opportunities, activities and research
• Organizing Materials for Tomorrow, our annual materials science Initiative Seminar, which gathers scientists and students at Chalmers as well as other universities, and serves as a meeting place with industry and society
• Organizing the annual Materials Science Graduate Student Days, a popular science symposium for PhD students in the Graduate School of Materials Science. The symposium gives the PhD students the opportunity to present their work to fellow graduate students and to discover what is new in Materials Science