Funding support from the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Graphene Flagship consortium enabled nine young researchers working on graphene and related research topics to attend the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) which is taking place in Manchester this week. The successful applicants, who had applied for the grant aid earlier this year, are from eight European countries and all are working on graphene and other 2D material research. Their attendance at ESOF also included a visit to the National Graphene Institute, one of the world's leading facilities for graphene research which is based in Manchester.
ESF is partner of the Graphene Flagship consortium's Core 1 project (under H2020 phase) in charge of the work package focused on European alignment and international collaboration.
Dr Jean-Claude Worms, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, said: "ESOF is a highly significant event in the European science calendar; in particular it offers young researchers valuable networking opportunities at this critical, early stage of their career. Supporting collaboration is a key part of ESF's role and we are delighted to have been able, along with the Graphene Flagship, to facilitate this trip".
Professor Jari Kinaret, Director of the Graphene Flagship, said: "Young researchers are both the present and future of the Graphene Flagship. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers do the bulk of the work in academic laboratories and are at the cutting age of developments in this area. After finishing their education and training, they have an important role to play in sharing insight on graphene and related materials with various industries. They can also create greater awareness and understanding of the flagship and its work with a wider audience ".
Issued by: Rachel Graham, MKC Communications, 00 353 1 7038608
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The researchers came from a range of organisations across Europe, including - Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of FribourgAdam Mickiewicz University, Poznan University of Cambridge Technological Educational Institute of Crete Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Institute of Physics, Belgrade CNRS-IBMC, University of Strasbourg Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, University of Strasbourg Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padova.
European Science Foundation (ESF):
ESF is a services-based organisation that contributes to the European Research Area (ERA). It is building on core strengths developed over 42 years in peer review, evaluation and project management services and hosts five Expert Boards and Committees that provide in-depth and focused scientific expertise in selected disciplines.
The Graphene Flagship is the EU's biggest ever research initiative. With a budget of €1 billion, it represents a new form of joint, coordinated research initiative on an unprecedented scale. Through a combined academic-industrial consortium, the research effort covers the entire value chain, from materials production to components and system integration, and targets a number of specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene.
Tasked with bringing together academic and industrial researchers to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of 10 years, the Graphene Flagship hopes to facilitate economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities for Europeans as both investors and employees.
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EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF):
ESOF, the biennial, pan-European, general science conference which is dedicated to scientific research and innovation.