PhD Symposium 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Empa Dübendorf, St. Gallen, Switzerland & via Zoom
Join the first hybrid (online and on-site) PhD Students' Symposium!
For the first time in the history of Empa, the PhD Students' Symposium will take place in a hybrid form, both online and on-site. The reason is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it will not stop us from learning and exchanging new knowledge and ideas. The concurrent online and offline formats ensure that even in the worst situation, i.e. everything shut down, the knowledge will still be available to everyone.
During the lock-down, with limited vehicles on the roads, we all realized that the air in the cities became much cleaner than it was before. That is just a glimpse of the advantage of living more sustainably. Daily human activities have created so much pollution, but our perception of the polluted environment is still limited to what we see in the present moment, and we cannot fully grasp the harm of ongoing climate change. What will happen in the next 100 years depends on what we are doing now.
Therefore, this year's PhD Students' Symposium, entitled "Sustainable Innovation for a Green Future: What is your plan?", is to encourage you as young researchers, whose silent effort in the lab can lead to a better world, to exchange ideas and discuss your own research related to the topic. The four subthemes are:
Subthemes of the PhD Students' Symposium 2020
- Green Materials and Technology
- Food and Health for the Next Generation
- Resources, Energy and Pollutants in Thriving Society
- Circular Economy and Data Science
The Empa PhD Students' Symposium 2020 will be held in hybrid format. Attendance on-site is limited depending on the coronavirus pandemic situation at the time, however, the whole symposium will be streamed online from Dübendorf and St. Gallen.
08:30 am Registration and coffee
09:00 am Welcome and Keynote Speech
10:00 am Student Presentations and "Science Slam" Session
12:00 pm Lunch
01:00 pm Round-table discussion with industrial speaker
02:00 pm Student Presentations and "Science Slam" Session
04:30 pm Closing Ceremony
This year's symposium includes regular talks (12 min presenting & 3 min Q&A) and an online "Science Slam" session instead of the conventional poster session. Science Slam is a new form of scientific communication. The aim is to increase PhD students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in no more than three minutes, in an entertaining and easily understandable way appropriate to non-specialist audience. All kinds of media are allowed, e.g. poster, infographic, anima-tion, video, etc.
When sending your abstract, please use the template. Please indicate whether you prefer to give a talk or participate in the "Science Slam". Each abstract will be evaluated, and authors will be noti-fied in the beginning of October whether they have been accepted.
Registration as presenter or audience member
After confirmation of your participation you have to register for the symposium via the registration form.
Please note that you need to submit the abstract separately. If you did not submit an abstract or if your abstract was rejected you may also participate as an audience member.
- Participation fee: free of charge
- Award: The best presentations for regular talk and "Science Slam" session will be awarded with special prize. All active participants during the virtual symposium will receive gifts from sponsor and a coupon at Empa/Eawag SV-Restaurant (Dübendorf) or Tagblatt Restaurant (St. Gallen).
- Technical information: The symposium will be held in hybrid format. We are currently in the organization process. Further instruction on how to access the online platform will be published soon.
Empa - Materials and Technologies for a Sustainable Future