The Department’s Research Open Day (RoD) was held on Wednesday 14 January 2015 at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge. The event brought together the Department's research groups through a series of talks and research project poster presentations covering a wide spectrum of on-going research activities across different department sites. With 150 people present, this year’s department research showcase event was the most attended of its kind: from young researchers and their PIs, colleagues from the University’s Research and Communications Offices and Cambridge Enterprise as well as corporate partners and representatives from key Chemical Engineering and Biotech industries. They all congregated to celebrate the Department’s research richness and diversity. PhD student Jantine Broek commented; ’great speakers...it is amazing that people can explain their own technical subject in such a colourful way’.
Professor Nigel Slater (Head of Department) kicked off the event with an opening welcome in the Auditorium and a presentation on the history of the Department highlighting how far CEB has come since the merger of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology back in 2008 and our future move into a new building in the West Cambridge site.
He welcomed all attendees and added; ‘I want to give you my view on how we have changed and I can tell you we are quite on a journey and the direction of travel is very good’.
The interesting talks focused on strategic research themes including a flash poster presentation inspired many delegates, who commented on the great variety of research topics on discussion.Dr Claire Michel, one of the event organisers, added; ‘I am very pleased that everything went smoothly. So far, I have only received positive feedback, which is very encouraging for future events. I also really enjoyed the talks, showing the diversity of research in the department but also a great potential for collaborations between groups and with biotech companies. Let's all meet again next year to celebrate our research.’
A large research poster display in the Upper Hall featured a vast selection of current research projects currently being undertaken by hugely talented researchers in the Department. The event offered delegates opportunities to discuss these projects with researchers, network and make valuable connections as well as to explore the potential for new partnerships.
Throughout the day young scientists from Reaction Engineering, Microstructure Engineering and Biotechnology groups discussed their most stimulating research activities. It was a fantastic opportunity for group leaders, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to share ideas, forge new and innovative links with industry and explore opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
The event was rounded off with the plenary talk ‘Entropy and addressable Self-Assembly’ by Professor Daan Frenkel, Head of Chemistry Department, followed by a drinks reception for all contributors and delegates. The event has once again proved to be a success and the CEB Post-Doc Committee looks forward to organising the next research showcase, RoD 2016, when CEB will already be settled in its new home in West Cambridge.