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Women in Graphene Career Development Day 2020

Women in Graphene 2020 is Cancelled

As you have probably heard, the corona virus outbreak in Italy has grown over the past week, causing large disruptions across parts of the country. Upon consultation with the host, Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, and following the order issued by the Emilia Romagna Government together with the Italian Health Ministry, we have regretfully made the decision to cancel Women in Graphene scheduled for 18-19 March 2020 in Bologna, Italy. The physical meeting will be replaced with a digital event on the same dates, featuring the same speakers and training sessions.

More information will be released in the coming days.

The next Women in Graphene Career Development Day will be held in Bologna, Italy, 18-19 March 2020. This lunch to lunch event is an opportunity to discuss issues related to gender and diversity in science and technology fields and specifically in the graphene community.


Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR
Bologna, Italy


Alessandra Scidà, CNR, "Graphene Devices for IoT, Automotive and Aerospace Applications"

Alessandra Scidà is a researcher at the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of the National Research Council of Italy. Her research activity is focused on graphene derivative materials for flexible electronics and nanocomposites within the Graphene Flagship project, where she collaborates with several companies like NOKIA, Airbus and CRF. In this project, she is responsible for CNR-ISOF's activities on flexible electronics. Before moving to CNR in 2013, she earned her PhD in Physics at the University of Bologna working on organic semiconductors. She won the NEST prize for research in nanoscience in 2018 for her work on graphene-based NFC antennas. 

Ana Helman, ESF, “Career options in science”

Ana Helman received a PhD in Electronics from the University of Paris Sud in Orsay, France in 2004. She then worked as Research Scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, Netherlands and as Researcher at the University of Strasbourg. Since 2008 she is Science Officer at the European Science Foundation in charge of the portfolio of activities in the area of physics, materials and nanosciences. During 2012-2014 she worked at the United States National Science Foundation Europe office in Paris as liaison between European and U.S funding organisations and researchers. Her science expertise is in the area of physics and materials sciences, semiconductor nanostructures and devices. Her main interests are in the area of coordination and development of large-scale European research initiatives, research infrastructures cataloguing and impact assessment. 

She is currently working on the alignment of  national and international activities with the Graphene Flagship.

Laura Kennington, "Going the Distance"

Laura is British endurance athlete and adventurer with a passion for the capability of the human body. She is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author. 

Previous adventures include solo cycling the world's longest coastal route in Ireland, solo cycling Scotland’s North Coast 500 route, running the length of Fuerteventura (100 miles) in 4 days and circumnavigating three of the Channel Islands using three different sporting disciplines as part of a rather extreme and one of a kind triathlon!

She has most recently returned from solo cycling 3700 miles along the North Sea-facing coasts of 8 countries, from Scotland to Norway! A strong believer in the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on children and adults alike, Laura uses her human powered journeys as a platform to inspire and encourage others.

Negotiation Skills Workshop 

(Thursday, 19 March, 9:30-12:30) 

This workshop is specifically designed for the Women in Graphene event. You will learn:

  • How to build confidence in everyday negotiation situations
  • Strategies to get your point across when you feel pushed into a corner
  • Simple negotiation models to help you plan in advance
  • Secrets of staying strong in the hurly burly of negotiations
  • Tips and ideas to ask for what you want with authority and clarity

The workshop will be fun and very interactive with as little theory as necessary. You will be able to practice your real negotiation scenarios with other women in the Graphene network, learning from each other and work together on your development.

  Cinzia Spinato, ICN2, ‘ From research to Innovation: a career opportunity to  bridge  the gap’

Cinzia Spinato is the Business Developer for biomedical applications for the Graphene Flagship and she as well works within the Technology Transfer office of ICN2, the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, in Barcelona, Spain. She has an academic background in Chemistry gained through different international experiences, and achieved her PhD working as Marie Curie Fellow on carbon nanomaterials functionalization for biomedical applications at the CNRS. In 2016 she started her transition from research into alternative scientific jobs, initiating her career in innovation and technology business development, working as technology transfer officer for an Italian Science Park. Currently, she supports ICN2 and the Flagship researchers in the commercialisation of their technologies and entrepreneurial activities, helping to make the bridge between academia and industries.


Hotels will offer a lower rate if you call directly and mention that you are booking for an event at CNR.

Recommended hotels include:

HC3 Hotel

Nuovo Hotel del Porto

Hotel NH Bologna De La Gare

Hotel Regina - Via Indipendenza

Hotel Mercure - Viale Pietramellara

Getting to CNR

Venue info WiG 2020.pdf

Bus Tickets:

Bus Tickets can be purchased on the App "Muver" (


Bus Tickets should be purchased at the tobacco shop because not all busses have tickets machines onboard. Single tickets are 1.50 Euro if bought at the tobacco shop, 2 euros (correct change only) if the ticket is bought onboard - where the ticket machine is present.

Poster Session and Student Speaker

***NOTE: The deadline for applying to present a poster or for our student speaker spot has passed. If you have applied you will be informed of our decision by 21 February*** 

For the first year ever, Women in Graphene will include a poster session. We have also created a student speaker slot during the Women in Graphene Career Development day. All MSc and PhD students (or equivalents) are invited to apply to give a 20 minute talk - even if they have never given an external talk before! Ideally, the chosen student will speak about their science and research but also about their career path and how they feel their gender has affected (or indeed, not affected) their career path to date and how it might affect their choices in the future.

Eligibility criteria:

1. MSc, PhD or equivalent who are involved in graphene and related materials research activities; and that

2. Affiliated to a Core 2 partner or Associate Member

All attendees are encouraged to apply for travel grants, the student speaker slot and to submit abstracts for posters. The deadline for all applications is 14 February. Successful applicants will be notified by 21 February.

Travel Grants

***NOTE: The deadline for applying for travel grants has passed. If you have applied you will be informed of our decision by 21 February*** 

Travel grants are available for early stage career researchers hoping to attend the Women in Graphene (WiG) event in Bologna. To be eligible to receive a travel grant, you must be affiliated to a Core 2 partner or Associate Member.

Grants will only be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation to attend this WiG event. Chalmers University of Technology (Graphene Flagship Coordinator) will book and pay for the travel and accommodation costs of the travel grants' beneficiaries.

Priority for travel grants will be given to those applicants who have not received a travel grant to attend Women In Graphene in previous years, although receiving a grant previously does not exclude you from receiving one in this year.   

All grant applications will be reviewed by a small panel from within the Graphene Flagship and grants will be awarded to those who best demonstrate a desire to increase their network by attending the event and explain clearly why attending the Women in Graphene event is important to their success within the graphene field.

Event Details - Women in Graphene Career Development Day 2020

Category: Workshop

Start time:
18 March 2020 12:00
End time:
19 March 2020 14:30

Event contact:

Start date for registration:
24 January 2020 08:00
Last date for registration:
04 March 2020 18:00

Start date for abstract submission:
24 January 2020 08:00
Deadline date for abstract submission:
14 February 2020 18:00

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Publishing date: 26 February 2020 13:52