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.

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.