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.

DiStruc meeting in Eindhoven

The second DiStruc meeting will take place in February (15-19/02/2016) in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and it will have it all! The first day will be dedicated to the DiStruc fellows: they will present their individual projects and discuss the challenges they are faced with. This progress meeting will be followed by six training lectures covering a broad range of topics on Soft Matter. There are limited places available for non-DiStruc students, so if you are interested make sure you book on time! The last training lecture on Wednesday 17 February will mark the beginning of the 3rd Playing Colloidal Mikado Workshop. Two public lectures and one hands-on demonstration will reveal the remarkable aspects of liquid crystals – not to be missed! The main lectures of the workshop will involve invited speakers from several European countries who will discuss the recent developments and advances in the chemistry and physics of non-spherical colloidal particles with a focus on colloidal rods. The workshop will end with ‘a night at the (van Abbe) museum’. Finally, on Friday 19 February the DiStruc fellows, together with their supervisors will travel to Arnhem and visit Teijin Aramid. They will be guided around the company’s premises and follow a series of industry-related talks. For more information check the event's page

DiStruc meeting in Heraklion

A few days ago  (21-24 September 2015), the DiStruc fellows attended the first Scientific Training session, held at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH), in Crete. It was the first time they met each other and with the other members of the Network, so the programme was arranged accordingly. The fellows and their Supervisors introduced themselves and briefly presented their individual DiStruc projects. This was followed by introductory lectures on theory, simulations, experiments, and synthesis, given by selected supervisors of the Network and two of our partners, Patrick Davidson and David Dunmur. Finally, two lectures were given by our invited speaker, Professor Jan Mewis, from KU Leuven.