PhD Trip 2015 - England


From April 29th to May 8th, 2015, fourteen PhD candidates from the chair groups Physical Chemistry & Soft Matter and BioNanoTechnology went on a study trip to England, accompanied by Prof. Jasper van der Gucht, Prof. Frans Leermakers and Dr. Joshua Dijksman. We had the opportunity to visit leading academic groups and industrial research sites throughout the country (see the table below). At the host institutes, we exchanged information and ideas in the form of mini-symposia, talks, discussions and poster sessions, with contributions from both sides. The committee would like to sincerely thank everyone involved for making this study tour a success. To illustrate this, one of the questions in the post-trip questionnaire was to rate the trip on a scale of 1 to 10. On average, we received an 8. We are very grateful to our sponsors, hosts and host institutes, and our participants for making this event possible.
Please find below, the project descriptions of all participants (Abstract booklet) and our Final report.

Date Time Location Hosts
29-4-15 Full day University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry
30-4-15 Full day University of Oxford Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
1-5-15 Morning University of Surrey Department of Physics
1-5-15 Afternoon AkzoNobel Slough Decorative Paints R&D
4-5-15 Full day Team building day n/a
5-5-15 Full day University of Bristol School of Physics
6-5-15 Full day University of Sheffield Sheffield Colloid Network
7-5-15 Full day Unilever R&D Port Sunlight Home Care & Personal Care
8-5-15 Full day Manchester TA Instruments/Waters

The following companies and institutes have supported us financially: ALT, Anton Paar, Ashland, Metrohm Applikon, Bayer CropScience, AkzoNobel and Surfix. We have also been supported by FOM and the LEB Foundation, as well as the graduate schools VLAG and EPS of Wageningen University.