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 “.