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Women in Graphene Career Development Day 2020

First virtual Women in Graphene event a success!

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Slides available for download:

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

Bonnie Tsim, University of Manchester, "Be bold, be brave and be visible". 

Negotiation Training by Springboard Consultancy's Sue Hewitt. 

The Women in Graphene Career Development Day 2020 was held digitally on 18-19 March! This two-day event was an opportunity to discuss issues related to gender and diversity in science and technology fields and specifically in the graphene community.


Women in Graphene 2020 was hosted by the Virtway Events virtual platform, providing all attendees with a unique and innovative 3D experience. 

Full programme

Wednesday 18th March – Women in Graphene (all times CET)

09.00 – 10.30  [Optional] Welcome to the venue: exploring the virtual world

10.30 –  10.40 –  Introducing Women in Graphene and Diversity in Graphene. Dr Siân Fogden, Graphene Flagship

10.45 – 11.15 –  "Graphene Devices for IoT, Automotive and Aerospace Applications." Dr. Alessandra Scidà, CNR

11.30 – 12.00 – "From research to Innovation: a career opportunity to  bridge the gap." Cinzia Spinato, ICN2

12.15 – 12.45 – "Be bold, be brave and be visible". Bonnie Tsim, University of Manchester

12.45 – 13.45 – Networking lunch

13.45 – 14.15 “Career options in science”. Dr Ana Helman, ESF

14.30 – 15.30 "Going the Distance." Laura Kennington, Endurance Athlete

15.30 – 15.40 Closing remarks

15.40 – 16.30 – Virtual Networking

Thursday 19th March – Women in Graphene (all times CET)

09.00 – 10.30  Welcome to the venue and networking

10.30 12:30  Negotiation Training by Springboard Consultancy's Sue Hewitt. 

12.30 – 12:40 – Closing remarks

12.40 – 13:30 – Virtual Networking

About the speakers

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 a 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.

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.

Student Speaker Slot

Bonnie Tsim, University of Manchester, "Be bold, be brave and be visible". 

Bonnie Tsim is a Theoretical Physics PhD Student working in the field of twisted bilayer graphene and she loves to share her passion for science and all things wonderful.

She is a co-founder of 2D Sensors Ltd. after she discovered her entrepreneurial drive at the world’s first Graphene Hackathon. In 2019, Bonnie was awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science International Summer Research Fellowship in which she spent two months initiating a collaboration at Osaka University.

Bonnie is very active in the physics community and places great importance in public engagement and voluntary activities. She believes that by simply being visible, we can make the difference and inspire others.

Negotiation Skills Workshop 

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.

Event Details - Women in Graphene Career Development Day 2020

Category: Workshop

Start time:
18 March 2020 09:00
End time:
19 March 2020 14:30

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

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Publishing date: 02 June 2020 13:06