Fringe Sessions

The Graphene Flagship is pleased to be able to offer several interesting Fringe Sessions during the Graphene Week 2016. See program below.
​​​Monday 13 June
Graphene and 2D Materials” EUREKA Cluster: Fostering European Competitiveness
The “Graphene & 2D Materials” EUREKA cluster is defined as a complementary enabling and accelerator instrument in the European scene, fully piloted by industries to further take graphene from the mature research developed at academic laboratories into the European society in the space of five years, boosting economic growth, jobs creation and international leadership and investment attractiveness. This cluster will help Europe having a more dominant position in graphene patenting, will deploy the proper winning industrial strategies to gain worldwide competitiveness, and will ensure that for all promising industrial sectors of technology innovation, a fully integrated EU-value chain is established, integrating into consortia the relevant actors from low to high Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). 

The cluster will clarify the differentiating potential in all sectors where EU-industries is strong and could further gain in competitiveness, and will develop proper incentives towards the achievement of EU-leadership in the fields of graphene commercialization and graphene-driven technology improvement. The cluster will elaborate and foster industrially-driven innovation strategies, that will take advantage of the existing excellent science and transnational platforms in Europe (national networks, Graphene-Flagship, etc.), and will focus on solving current challenges which are limiting the time to market and business growth of graphene-related EU companies.

Place: the Old Library
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Presenter: Mar Garcia Hernandez, CSIC, ES​


Tuesday 14 June
The rise of 2D materials: Insights from the world of publishing
The field of 2D materials has undergone an intensive period of proliferation since the isolation of graphene in 2004, with countless papers, new journals and media coverage following in the wake of advancements from the research community. Ceri-Wyn Thomas, Publisher of 2D Materials journal, charts these developments through the perspective of academic publishing. This talk will aim to provide insight on the ways in which a once nascent research area has become a fully-fledged field in materials science, and looks to the future, beyond graphene, for what may come next.

Place: the Old Library
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Presenter: Ceri-Wyn Thomas, IOP Publishing, UK


Wednesday 15 June
How to start up a start-up
So, you've done some great research, got a great paper, possibly even filed a great patent but what now? 
Establishing a successful start-up is no rocket (or graphene) science, and it actually boils down to three essentials: Have great people onboard, do something customers want and find somebody to fund your starting phase and growth. There is a catch though – none of these steps is easy to achieve and usually takes a lot of time and effort. Starting a new business can be a haunting task for anyone but luckily there are established methods to analyze the potential of the idea, creating a business plan and preparing for the tough questions posed by the investors. This presentation aims to give an overview of the most important challenges that a new entrepreneur faces including a collection on 10 questions a good business plan should answer and some lessons learned. There are a myriad of different business domains and models, but here the focus is on high-technology start-ups and the specific challenges thereof.

Place: the Old Library
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Presenter: Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation, Graphene Flagship, Chalmers Industrial Technology, Sweden


Women in Graphene
The Women in Graphene initiative at Graphene Week gives women the chance to talk to other women and male allies about issues specific to women working in graphene and other 2D materials research. By understanding the issues, we can work together to create solutions. For example, mentoring has been found to be very effective in aiding career progression and the Women in Graphene event is a great opportunity to put yourself forward as a mentor or a mentee.

Addressing the needs of women in the scientific community and the barriers to career progression will help to create a more diverse scientific community. The lack of gender diversity, (even at Graphene Week 2016, for example, just 7% of invited speakers are women), needs serious discussion and only with extra support will it be possible for female academics to truly fulfil their potential.

Place: the Old Library
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Presenters: Eva Andrei, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University, USA
Claudine Hermann, Honorary Professor of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, President of honour ‘French Femmes & Sciences’ association, Vice-president of the European Platform of Women Scientists, France


Thursday 16 June
Ethics and safety of novel technologies
The main ethical issue with research on graphene and related hybrids has to do with the concern, particularly among the general public, regarding the general safety of nanotechnology and new materials. Graphene has garnered much interest and has many similarities with other well researched materials. Thus as we learn more, new ethical concerns may arise when, e.g. unknown unknowns become known or public scepticism increase in the face of mounting data. This ties in with increasing public interest in and demand for information on which kind of research is pursued, how it is done, and how the results could impact them, both directly and in future products.

This session will bring together experts on health impacts of nanomaterials, and how different stakeholders view and act upon emerging technologies. We aim to highlight some of the potential for ethical concerns, and how the scientific community can address such concerns. You will gain insights on how ethical concerns can be used to guide research, how ethical implications could be reflected in current research activities on graphene related materials, and what this entails for the progression of interactions between researcher, regulatory communities and the public.

Place: the Old Library
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Presenters: Bengt Fadeel, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Centre for the Study of Technology, Knowledge and Practices at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France
Anna A. Shvedova, Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health – NIOSH and Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA


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