After a very unusual year, a fun online Christmas party with some great prizes (cleaning someone else’s FH, changing the base bath, to mention some of the more interesting prizes!), we all retreated for a quiet, peaceful and restful Christmas.
So, 2021 started with another lockdown, but we are grateful for testing faciltiies and the opportunity to be back in the lab.
It was Charl’s first day back in his office since March! Although Faul group members have been back in the labs since early June (with labs currently at 50% occupancy), Charl has been working from home! His office has also been used by the group as an additional safe working space.
Was great to be back in the office today, for the whole day! And to be able to enjoy the glorious sunshine view from the 6th floor!
It has been a while since we closed our labs down, and all of us went into lockdown! We are grateful that everyone in the group (and their families) are safe and well.
Zoom (and bluejeans and skype and WeChat!) has become our lifeblood for group meetings, coffee catch-ups, recipe exchanges, small-group meetings, writing papers, working together, exchanging very lame jokes and much more!
Royal Fort Gardens – Taken on the morning after the lab was shut down!
The Faul Research Group has had an excellent start to 2020 – Neha joined the group as a long-term visitor from VISCTEC, Thailand (from the group of Prof Valerio D’Elia), and Charl (after a great break in South Africa) is visiting IIT Kharagpur again as part of his Indian-government funded SPARC programme.
As the end of the year is approaching rapidly, it is a good time to slow down and enjoy all the benefits of a traditional Christmas season in the UK – mince pies, Secret Santa presents, mulled drinks and much more! Wishing all a wonderful Christmas!
After a busy week of settling in, we have finally managed to get (most) of the group together for a new mega-group photo!
Welcome to all new members – both graduate and undergraduate (EJ, Tom, Callum, and Angus (not on the photo!)) students, including those working with Sebastien (Stella and James)!
Here Charl with all graduate students who started since May – Basiram, Safa, Xue, Dauren and Sam, with Prof Hugh Brady (Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol – not a new PhD student), at a recent PGR welcome event!
What a fantastic team effort – the Faul Research Group baking, chopping, making and serving more than 250 meals at BISC earlier this week! It was a busy evening, but teamwork at its best!
Thanks to all who helped (also Esther, Veronica, Sylvia and Matthew, who were unfortunately not on this photo!), including two further volunteers from the School of Chemistry – Prof Tim Gallagher and Dr Justice Archer!
The group took a break from the lab last week, and spent some time at “Locked in a Room” on the Bristol harbour side!
Glad to report that both the groups solved the riddles and escaped from their rooms within the allotted time! See if you can identify all of the mad scientists! We wrapped up the morning’s activities with a great lunch!