Inaugural Early Career Colloid meeting 2018
The Inaugural ECColloid meeting 2018 brought together early career colloid scientists from industry and academia and provide a forum for discussion, networking and facilitate knowledge exchange.
This 2-day meeting was held in Sheffield on 17-18th September with the aim to join newly appointed (within 10 years of first appointment) academics and industrialists, research fellows and postdocs, and will include plenary and contributed talks, a poster session and panel discussions (providing advice on careers and how to ‘bridge the gap’ between academia and industry).
Our Plenary Speakers included Professor Steve Armes (University of Sheffield) and Professor Peter Dowding (Infineum UK Ltd) and our panel members included Dr Laura Fisher (RSC Journals), Dr Sarah Rogers (ISIS STFC) and Dr Lien Ngo (Innovate UK).
The meeting was organised by Dr Fiona Hatton, Dr Gemma-Louise Davies, Dr Lee Fielding and Dr Kirsty Stark and generously sponsored by the RSC, SCI, Soft Matter, Polymer Chemistry, Unilever, Analytik, Postnova, Simadzu, Sanderson technology and Synthomer. Dr Long Yu from the University of Queensland gave a presentation thanks to the Australian Colloid and Interface Society exchange bursary and Dr Alison Savage (University of Liverpool) was announced as the recipient of a JCG bursary to attend the 2019 ACIS meeting in Tasmania. Betül Aldemir Dikici (University of Sheffield) was awarded the Postnova-sponsored poster prize.
I enjoyed the meeting and suggest to have it every year.
The panel sessions were particularly enlightening.
Overall I really enjoyed the conference and will definitely be back!