Athanasios Mermigkas’s report

IEEE Pulsed Power and Plasma Science conference in California — June 2013

Athanasios at the conference

I am currently a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. My PhD research is focused on the development of an impulsive micro-electrostatic precipitation technology (?-ESP) for increasing the efficiency of removal of sub-micron particles for small-scale air-cleaning applications. This technology is based on utilizing short plasma impulses and dc voltage in order to charge and remove particles in an efficient way. Shorter impulses allow higher voltages to be applied, which is expected to increase the precipitation efficiency and to reduce power losses. The potential benefits from implementation of the micro-electrostatic precipitation technology in small-scale indoor environments such as homes, schools and hospitals are considerable, passively improving the health of people who use it by acting to eliminate the inhalation of large amounts of PM2.5.

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Lydia Pickering’s report

13th International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems 21st – 26th October 2012 in Kyoto, Japan

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Lydia Pickering standing by her poster, poised ready to answer any questions.

I am a third year PhD student at the School of Metallurgy and Materials in the University of Birmingham.  My research is investigating novel Ti-V based metal hydrides for use within hydrogen storage tanks for fuel cell vehicles.  These types of hydrogen storage alloys have been shown to have uses in a wide range of transportation applications; from passenger road vehicles to fleets of public busses and even canal boats.

Last month, due to the financial support gratefully awarded to me by the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation, I was able to attend the 13th International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems on 21st – 26th October in Kyoto, Japan.  The Metal-Hydrogen Systems symposium has been a biennial event since the 1970’s and is the most prestigious and longest running conference on how metals interact with hydrogen.  The conference allows researchers from both industrial and academic backgrounds to come together to share and discuss their findings on a variety of subject areas associated with metal-hydrogen interactions, including materials for hydrogen storage and their applications, amongst others.

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SWCF supports a young researcher into transport and climate change

Earlier this year, the SWCF made a grant to Karen Anderton, a doctoral student at the University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit to help her attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers. At the meeting, she made a presentation titled “Examining sub-national governance: interaction and collaboration in reducing the climate impact of cars”.
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Karen Anderton’s report

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting — Seattle April 2011
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I am a D.Phil student at Oxford University. My research examines the development and implementation processes involved in delivering transport-related climate change policies at the sub-national level. It is an international comparative study.

I was most appreciative of the travel grant awarded by the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation, as it allowed me to attend the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference in Seattle in April 2011. At the conference I presented a paper on the preliminary findings of my doctoral research. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, as I was able to obtain valuable feedback on my work as well as learn more about the research activities of leading scholars in the field.

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Anna Mitchell’s report

The American Endocrine Society “ENDO 2011” conference, Boston USA – June 2011

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I graduated from Newcastle University medical school in 2005 (MBBS honours, MRes) and I am now a clinical diabetes and endocrinology trainee in the Northern Deanery. I am currently taking time out of clinical training to undertake a full-time PhD, funded by the Medical Research Council, at the Institute of Genetic Medicine within Newcastle University. The focus of my research is autoimmune Addison’s disease. This is a relatively rare endocrine condition which results in failure of the adrenal glands to produce steroid hormones that are essential for life. Individuals who have Addison’s disease must take tablets twice or sometimes 3 times a day, lifelong, for survival. Continue reading “Anna Mitchell’s report”

Dr Mohammad Alhadj Al’s report

The 17th EASD Young Scientists Training Course in Heidelberg, Germany October 2010

I graduated from Medical School at the University of Aleppo in 2000. Having completed an MSc, I am now carrying out research as part of a PhD Degree in Diabetes and Endocrinology.This research involves a multicentre clinical trial in the UK  (PEPIDIA) and the TolSkin study focusing on preparing the skin for a “Diabetes Vaccine”. I am currently Clinical Research Fellow Diabetes/Endocrinology, University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

 The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) holds every year the Young Scientists Training Course. By organizing the Scientists Training Course, EASD hopes to attract new talent to diabetes research, in addition to fostering research in new centres throughout the world.

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