Fringe Sessions

The daily Fringe Sessions at Graphene Week highlight a wide range of interesting topics that fall outside of the purely scientific scope. The sessions take place between 14-15 in the Ilissos room.

Monday, 25 September: Open Forum

Learn more about large collaborative projects running within the frameworks of the European Union and how they can create joint networking possibilities. First you will get the latest developments from the Graphene Flagship, EU’s largest ever research initiative and organiser of the Graphene Week conference, by its newly appointed Vice Director Vincenzo Palermo.

After that, Mónica Perez Cabero will provide you with useful information about the EU’s COST Association Programme. Details about some relevant running actions and existing links between COST and the Graphene Flagship will be introduced as well as some upcoming activities. Moreover, the COST networking tools, their openness to industrial participation and key policies towards widening and gender will be discussed.

As the title suggests, the Open Forum also leaves room for questions from the participants relating to these topics!


Vincenzo Palermo, Chalmers University of Technology
Vincenzo Palermo is the Vice Director of the Graphene Flagship and leading research on graphene composite materials at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology.

Mónica Perez Cabero, Science Officer at COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology
COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. The programme provides funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics.


Tuesday, 26 September: Ethics Forum

Embedding Ethical and Societal Engagement in Graphene Research

Ethical considerations and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is becoming increasingly important in the world of science in general and for EU-funded projects in particular. Alongside compliance with bioethical norms and formal processes of risk assessment, RRI asks researchers to anticipate the future impacts of graphene research, to engage in inclusive deliberation with wider society, to reflect on their own background assumptions and commitments, and to ensure that the science that develops is responsive to these processes.

Three experts from the Graphene Flagship Ethical Advisory Board will chair this session with the aim of raising awareness and inspire dialogue about RRI. The concept of RRI and the capacities and competences that are needed to put it into practice will be explored, followed by a panel discussion. Participants in the panel are: Vincenzo Palermo, Chalmers University of Technology, Kostas Kostarelos, University of Manchester, Sanna Arpiainen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Daniel Neumaier, AMO.


Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, University of Paris
Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent is professor at the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne and a senior member of the Institut universitaire de France. Her research subjects are the history
and philosophy of science (with a focus on  chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology) and the interface
between science and the public.
Philip Macnaghten, Wageningen University
Phil Macnaghten has worked in the science and society field on a series of science and technology controversies: GM crops and animals, nanotechnologies, synthetic biology, geoengineering and fracking. He has developed in-depth qualitative methodologies for researching controversial technologies that have informed policy approaches to public engagement.
Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna
Ulrike Felt is professor of social studies of science since 1999 and head of the STS department at the University of Vienna. She has wide experience in running nationally and internationally funded research projects working with a broad spectrum of social science research methods and she has been engaged in policy advise both nationally and at the European level.


Wednesday, 27 September: Interfaces

Interface effects in graphene, being a two sided surface, are of fundamental and technological importance. This is so because the superlative properties of graphene severely degrade as a result of the interaction with the surrounding material conforming the substrates, the matrix where graphene can be embedded or simply the working atmosphere.

In this session, you will get an overview of the challenges in technologically relevant interfaces like those related to transfer processes or the development of low resistance metal contacts that are essential to drive graphene from the laboratories to real applications. The incorporation of graphene to current electronic technologies will not be achieved unless these interfacial issues are solved in the proper way.

In nanocomposites, due to the microscopic size of the filler, interfacial properties of graphene are of paramount importance in order to preserve the outstanding mechanical properties of graphene resulting into an efficient reinforcement of the polymeric matrix. The session will touch upon the current strategies to understand and solve the problems that interfaces poses for the application of graphene, and other 2D materials in current industrial technologies.


Marco Romagnoli, CNIT - Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni
Transfer, fabrication & interface effects
Max Lemme, AMO GmbH
Metallic contact interfaces
Giovanna Pastore, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
Interfaces in composites
​Mar Garcia Hernandez, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Chair and moderator


Thursday, 28 September: Inside Nature Research

Nature-branded journals continue to strive to publish and communicate the most striking advances in science to broad audiences. In this session Luke Fleet from Nature Physics and Maria Maragkou from Nature Materials will give insight into the Nature-branded journals, their policies and procedures. The session will be chaired by Silvia Milana, Nature Communications and Olga Bubnova, Nature Nanotechnology.


Luke Fleet, Nature Physics
Dr Luke Fleet is a Senior Editor at Nature Physics, responsible for selecting and handling a broad range of manuscripts in applied physics. Following a PhD from the University of York, on semiconductor spintronics in collaboration with the RIEC at Tohoku University, he undertook postdoctoral research at Imperial College London and the London Centre for Nanotechnology in molecular spintronics and organic electronics. He joined Nature Research in 2013 as an assistant editor at Nature Communications, before moving to Nature Physics early in 2014.
Maria Maragkou, Nature Materials
Dr Maria Maragkou earned an MEng in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, and a PhD in physics in 2010 from the University of Southampton, UK, with a thesis on exciton–polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. She then worked on quantum optics with epitaxial quantum dots as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and at the École Normale Superiéure in Paris. At Nature Materials, which Maria joined in January 2015 after having worked with Nature Photonics for 6 months, she handles manuscripts in the areas of photonics, plasmonics and metamaterials, as well as in related topics involving two-dimensional materials. Maria is based in the London office.




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