Plastic Electronics Winter School
Every year, two PE-CDT cohorts are invited to attend a week-long Plastic Electronics Winter School in the beautiful Swiss village of Bergün. Bergün is a cosy village encircled by dramatic peaks that is probably most famous for the 6km toboggan run that ranges all the way from the neighbouring village Preda.
Each Plastic Electronics Winter School features two invited speakers in addition to academics from Imperial, Oxford and Queen Mary universities, who all give talks on their research. There is ample time for students to network and discuss their own research with speakers.
In 2019, attendees came from five different universities, from three countries. We were delighted to welcome Prof Anna Köhler (University of Bayreuth, Germany) and Dr Isabel Alonso (ICAMB, Spain) who gave tutorial talks on their research.
There is also the annual Group Challenge.
This year the group project brief was to create a simple, easy-to understand video tutorial (maximum 5 minutes long), on a subject that will be useful to fellow researchers who may not already be experts in the area. Congratulations to the winning team: Alice Smith, Ryley Ratnasingham, Sally Luong, Saurav Limbu and Nicholas Siemons! For their video "The Probing at Kurhaus" explaining the importance of grounding. Luis Lanzetta-Lopez, Tom Hodsden, Helen Bristow and Gihan Ryu won second prize.
In 2017 the group project brief was to design and deliver a hands-on activity for school children to explain a scientific concept, and in 2018 the group project brief was to design and deliver a science busking activity that explains a scientific concept related to plastic electronics.
Finally, no trip would be complete without time to enjoy the many activities on offer: down hill skiing, sledging, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, ice skating and more!