DiStruc

DiStruc Final Meeting in Oxford 2018

The seventh and final DiStruc Training and Progress meeting was held from 29th of June until 6th of July 2018. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Dirk Aarts at the Department of ChemistryUniversity of Oxford (UK). The programme included lectures and workshops on transferable skill, 6th Playing Colloidal Mikado Workshop, Industrial exploitation meeting as well as fellows' presentations on their progress. Representatives of the DiStruc Supervisory and Advisory Board provided valuable feedback and recommendations for successful completion of the PhD projects. 

The progression of the project deliverables and future projects were discussed in a closed Management meeting. 

The 6th Playing Colloidal Mikado Workshop with invited international speakers took place on 2nd to 4th of July 2018. The workshop was attended by over fifty researchers. Six renowned scientists, eight selected young scientists and the DiStruc fellows were invited to give oral presentations. More information is available here, including an Abstract book.

DiStruc meeting in Jülich

The sixth DiStruc Training and Progress meeting was held from 4th until 8th of December 2017. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Pavlik Lettinga and Dr. Marisol Ripoll at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The scientific programme included seven masterclasses given by DiStruc fellows and all fellows' presentations with updates on their research progress. Lectures and workshops on transferable skill and careers, a mine tour and bowling were also in the programme. An outreach event  "Wackelig Weiche Wissenscahft" (Squishy Soft Science) took place on 8th of December at the Gymnasium Zitadelle, Jülich (see report in the school magazine, in German).

DiStruc and Colldense ITNs meeting in Heraklion

The fifth DiStruc Training and Progress meeting took place on 28-30 June 2017. The meeting was hosted by Profs. Maria Vamvakaki and Giorgos Petekides at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion (Greece). The programme included lectures on transferable skills and fellows' presentations on their research progress. Representatives of the DiStruc Supervisory and Advisory Board provided valuable feedback and recommendations for future work. The meeting was open to the Colldense ITN fellows.

The progression of the project deliverables and future events were discussed in a closed Management meeting.

The 5th Playing Colloidal Mikado Mini Conference was organised as a joint event of DiStruc and Colldense ITNs. It took place on 1-2 July 2017 at FORTH. The conference was attended by over 40 representatives of the two networks. Four renowned scientists and eighteen DiStruc and Colldense fellows were invited to give oral presentations, and eight fellows presented posters. For more information and photos, check the event's page.

Managing ITNs in Chemistry, Oxford

The Network Administrator of DiStruc participated in the Research and Innovation Support Conference held in Oxford on the 5th of July 2016. Together with two other Project Managers from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Dr Pavlina Schmitz and Dr Tracey Marr, Irini prepared a poster showcasing the three (!) Innovative Training Networks currently co-ordinated by the Department: Radiomi, OxioSCR and DiStruc.

During the poster session the delegates of the conference (mainly administrative staff of the University) had the opportunity to learn about the three ITNs and the training opportunities they offer. 

DiStruc Public Lectures

As seen by the local news

A reporter from Cursor, the local news site of the Eindhoven University of Technology, attended the DiStruc Public Lectures and wrote a short praising article, describing the event.

The article begins with the presentation of Roel Dullens who introduced the audience to the 'wondrous world of colloids', and showed live from the lab in Oxford how the experiments are actually performed. Then David Dunmur took over and 'provided an overview of the development since their discovery at the end of the 19th century of these special colloids, which we know best from LCD screens.' Finally, 'a table filled with glassware was rolled into the Filmzaal' and the people present participated in a hands-on demonstration provided by Teijin Aramid, one of the industrial partners of DiStruc. They 'were allowed personally to empty a syringe of liquid crystals into a beaker of salt water. With a certain measure of dexterity this resulted in meters-long fibers, which were displayed on the table.'   

The full article can be found here. (tip: if you are confident with Dutch, switch language. The native version is more thorough.)

If you missed the lectures, go to the DiStruc YouTube channel