Charl spent the morning at St Katherine’s, a local school close to Bristol, talking about chemistry, science and careers in science. It was a great opportunity to interact with and talk to a range of students (from Year 8 through to Year 12)!
Charl is on a short trip to the US, visiting DuPont as part of the SoC’s Year in Industry undergrad programme, as well as the Institute of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago to give a seminar.
Charl ran the Bristol 10K race on Sunday, the 5th of May, to help raise money for local charity BISC (or Bristol International Student Centre). He ran with a team of 9 other volunteers and international students, and was very pleased to have finished the race in just over 55 minutes.
As we are approaching the grant writing season, I thought it good to highlight upcoming opportunities to join the FRG. These might not be suitable for all candidates, so please read carefully:
If you have >10 publications and patents, and are not based in the UK, it might be possible to apply for a prestigious EU Marie Curie Fellowship. There are a number of schemes, including International Incoming Fellowships (for researchers based outside the EU) and Intra-European Fellowships (if you have spent at least the last 18 months within the EU, irrespective of your nationality). Please only contact me if are over the threshold of 10 publications. Internal deadline for submissions of applications is mid August, so please contact me if you think you are eligible.
Ben’s review entitled “Opportunities in high-speed atomic force microscopy“ was published online in Small earlier this week! Congrats Ben!
Charl attended the University of Bristol‘s first graduation ceremony in China on Saturday, held in ChinaWorld Hotel in Beijing. There were more than 200 students who received their degrees, including Li Ye, one of the first BCFN Masters’ students!
It was wonderful to share this experience with him – congratulations Li! See also the UoB’s Weibo pages for more photos and further details (in Chinese!).
Charl is spending his last few days in China networking and meeting colleagues from all over the world (but mostly from Europe!): at the end of last week he joined the Euraxess Share Event (at the impressive French Embassy in down-town Beijing), and will join the Sino-German symposium (“Frontiers of Functional Supramolecular Systems”) at Tsinghua (Monday and Tuesday this week).
He also attended the UoB’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, the 20th of April, but more on that in a separate post!
After a number of lectures introducing liquid crystals and soft matter to the undergraduate students from the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua University, Charl’s time in China is slowly coming to an end.