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Virtual FoNS Research Showcase 2021

This event will be run with Live Microsoft Teams. Please REGISTER for DAY TWO by 27 September to receive joining instructions.

Join us for two afternoons of presentations and stimulating discussions with the academics and prize-winning PhD students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences:

PhD competitions

The FoNS Showcase 2021 comprises two separate competitions for the PhD students: the first one is an oral presentation competition taking place during DAY ONE and DAY TWO. The second is a poster and video competition where students will present their research to judges in advance (Take a look at the submissions ). 

Your chance to vote! The people’s choice prize:  Take a look at the submissions and vote for your favourite video as part of the people’s choice prize. Voting is open to the whole Imperial community – be sure to submit your vote before the 30 September 2021, 5:00 pm!

The prize winners of both oral and poster presenters will be announced Friday 1 October 2021.

Programme for Day Two

Find out more about the programme for DAY TWO (Physics, Mathematics and the CEP Showcases) below – Click the link to read the abstracts of all presentations in Day Two.

[Note: Please click here to view the programme for DAY ONE (Departments of Chemistry and Life Sciences Showcases)]

Day Two keynote speaker

This year the Faculty is extremely pleased to host keynote speaker Dr Paul Febvre (Chief Technology Officer at Satellite Applications Catapult), who will talk about opportunities for collaborative research and development at Satellite Applications Catapult. Please join us!

                  13:30 Welcome message by the Dean Professor Richard Craster

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Chair: Professor Henrique Araujo

                   13:35 Dr Paul Febvre (Chief Technology Officer at Satellite Applications Catapult ) – Title: Space 2030 and Beyond → Opportunities for Collaborative Research and Development

 DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS SHOWCASE, Chair: Professor Henrique Araujo

                 14:00 Professor Claudia de Rham (Professor of Theoretical Physics) – Title: Physics under the Gravitational Rainbow

                 14:20 Vicente Valenzuela-Villaseca  (PhD student) – Title: Experiments on Rotating Plasmas: From the Laboratory to the Universe

                 14:35 David Monk (PhD student) – Title: Track Finding in the CMS Level 1 Trigger for HL-LHC: Challenges, Design and Implementation

                 14:50 Katherine Stewart (PhD student) – Title: Molecular understanding of π-conjugated polymer/solid-state ionic liquid complex as a highly sensitive and selective volatile organic compound biosensor

                 Coffee break (15:05 -15:15)

 DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS SHOWCASE, Chair: Professor Mauricio Barahona

                 15:15 Professor Axel Gandy (Chair in Statistics) – Title: A statistical journey through the COVID-19 pandemic

                 15:35 Emilio Rossi Ferrucci (PhD student) – Title: Rough calculus on smooth manifolds

                 15:50 Connor Roberts (PhD student) – Title: Active matter thermodynamics: Powering an E. coli engine with help from field theory


                 16:05 Dr Iain Staffell (Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems) – Title: Cleaning up the global energy system

                 16:25 Sarah Kakadellis (PhD student) – Title: Biodegradable plastics in the circular bioeconomy: myth or reality?

                 16:40 Closing remarks by the Dean Professor Richard Craster