Ivan and Ines are doing their PhD as part of a European Initial Training Network (Marie Curie Actions) called SMARTNET (Soft Materials Advanced Training NETwork). Within the SMARTNET they collaborate with five academic and two industrial partners from UK, the Netherlands, France and Spain. The aim is to improve the training of early state researchers (ESR’s) by enhancing knowledge exchange between people with different ways to study soft matter.
Ines and Ivan met the other members of the SMARTNET at the University of York from the 8th to the 12th of June. The meeting included a two days to discuss different topics of the SMARTNET as well as presentations by the ESR’s of their most recent results, followed by an always interesting discussion with the other members of the SMARTNET. Also the group leaders, including Dr. Tuttle, took part in this section of the meeting.
As well as the scientific exchange, the meeting included a workshop organised by Prof David Smith. The workshop dealt with different aspects on scientific communication such as scientific publishing, public communication and social media. A short video describing the various activities of the members was created during this part of the workshop.
The meeting included some social activities for the SMARTNET members including guided visits to the historic city centre of York and group dinners.
— written by Ivan.