Molecular and Nanoscale Physics

Natasha Rhys serves as Associate Chair

30 September 2014

Natasha Rhys of the MNP group has served as Associate Chair of the 2014 Gordon Research Seminar on Water & Aqueous Solutions. This meeting ran on the 26th-27th July, at Holderness School, New Hampshire, USA.

The Gordon Research Seminars (GRS), as well as the 5-day Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) that follow them, are biennial events that bring together international researchers to discuss new, unpublished science on a specific topic. Whilst a GRC brings in researchers of all career levels, a GRS is focused solely on PhD students and postdocs, allowing them to network and present their research, preparing them for the GRC that runs straight after.

As Associate Chair, Natasha helped to organise and host the meeting along with the GRS Chair, Dr Matthias Heyden (Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Germany). 63 participants from across the world attended the meeting, with a range of topics in the field of water research covered. The programme featured 10 contributed talks and 2 poster sessions, allowing for discussions to be generated throughout the meeting, as well as a session focusing on career development and becoming an independent researcher.

Natasha was awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Travel Grant and an Institute of Physics C R Barber Trust Grant help support her attending both the GRS and GRC. She also was awarded an RSC ‘Small Grant for Scientific Activities’, which was used to help waiver the registration costs for many of the GRS participants.

The school and group would like to congratulate Natasha on this fantastic achievement.

More information about GRS’s can be found here: https://www.grc.org/grs.aspx