The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the University of Luxembourg organized in LIST premises in Belvaux their very first ‘MASSENA Business Club Day 2018’. Held on 13 December 2018, this event was a unique opportunity for the 22 PhD students working on the "Materials for Sensing and Energy Harvesting" - MASSENA project, hosted at LIST as one of its Doctoral Training units (DTU), to meet and exchange with industrial players.
With the financial support from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), MASSENA focuses on materials for sensing and energy harvesting.
At the event, industrial and academic players gave insights on both industry needs and cutting-edge research about energy harvesting and sensing.
Etienne Jacqué from Cebi group (Lux) and member of LIST Governing Body spoke about the expectations and needs industry has for young researchers. Prof. Sohini Kar Narayan from University of Cambridge (UK) gave an exciting lecture about the development and application of nanostructured polymers in many fields of energy harvesting and sensing. Finally, two young professionals, who had been doctoral candidates themselves a few years ago, gave insights into their activities in industry and discussed how working in industry is different from academia.
Along with testimony, the doctoral candidates presented their work and latest results through six talks and a poster session.
The scientific advisory board of MASSENA, Prof. Uwe Rau from the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, Dr. Jumana Boussey from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Etienne Jacqué from Cebi group, Luxembourg, also attended the event. They could actively discuss with the candidates and also give valuable recommendations for the organisation and management of both the project and the next MASSENA Business Club Day. The latter is planned in Autumn 2019.
“MASSENA candidates enjoyed the interaction with people from industry and asked many questions to help them develop their career” said Pr. Susanne Siebentritt from University of Luxembourg.
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