DiStruc

Best Outreach Prize awarded to three DiStruc fellows

Following the success of the Squishy Soft Science event, the DiStruc fellows applied for the 2016 Best Outreach Prize awarded by the Flowing Matter Cost Action (MP1305). The prize is awarded to an outstanding outreach activity conducted between May 2015 and October 2016 and to a maximum of three participants with comparable contributions. The DiStruc fellows voted for their three representatives and elected Shari Finner (Eindhoven University of Technology), Marie Föllmer (CANOE) and Max Tortora (University of Oxford) who put together an excellent application and eventually won the prize. Congratulations! 

The prize ceremony will be held on Monday the 23rd of January in Porto (Portugal), during the next main annual meeting of Flowing Matter. 

Squishy Soft Science

More than 100 little ‘scientists in the making’ attended our Squishy Soft Science event, held in Christ Church, Oxford on Saturday 9th of July. Children, mainly aged 7-14, had the opportunity to meet up with the DiStruc fellows and perform a series of experiments related to the DiStruc project. The demonstrations were carefully designed by the fellows, who also prepared a nice booklet especially for the event. Children who completed all the experiments were awarded the Squishy Soft Science Certificate.

     

We would like to thank all the DiStruc fellows for their hard work, David Dunmur, Martin Grossel and Fiona Holdsworth from the Christ Church Chemists (CH)3 Group who provided valuable support with the organisation of the event, Kazem Edmond, Siyu Chen and Rahul Sharma for stepping in and assisting with the demonstrations, Jack Chapman for the tech support, George Volonakis for recording the event and of course Christ Church for their warm welcome and in kind support. 

Most importantly we would like to thank our 200 visitors for spending the afternoon with us. Hope to see you again in our future events! 

Check out the page of the event for pictures and videos! 

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 Smitcz 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. 

6-8 January 2015: DiStruc Kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting of DiStruc was held on 6-8 January 2015, at the Denys Wilkinson Building in Oxford. The meeting was attended by Dirks Aarts, Julia Yeomans, Jonathan Doye and Roel Dullens from the University of Oxford,  Pavlik Lettinga from Julich, Paul van der Schoot from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Eric Grelet from CNRS/Bordeaux, George Petekidis from FORTH, Erik Westenhoff from Tejin Aramid, Krassimir Velikov from Unilever, Simon Jestin from Canoe/Adera, Deniz Gunes from Nestlé and David Dunmur from Manchester University. Also Maria Vamvakaki from FORTH, Zvonimir Dogic from Brandeis University, and Patrick Davidson from CNRS who could not attend the event, contributed through skype video calls.

Each beneficiary and partner presented his/her current scientific interests, the way they intend to contribute to the DiStruc project and their relevant scientific goals. Each Work Package and its deliverables were discussed separately per node and per ESR.

The beneficiaries also specified the desirable background of the ESR(s) they wish to hire and discussed the secondments they can offer.

The coordinator gave a presentation covering the practical aspects of the Network: management structure, procedures, finances, recruitment process and dissemination of results (including the open access obligation of the beneficiaries and the visibility of the EU emblem and funding). The attendees discussed their ideas on these practical issues and how they can meet the deadlines specified in the Grant Agreement.