The winners of our quiz had the chance to spend one week of July in Italy for taking part in the summer school 'Materials for Energy and Sustainability' organised by the International School of Materials for Sustainable Development and Energy (ISMSDE). Read their detailed report for getting an insight of what they experienced in Erice, Italy from 7th to 12th July 2018.
"Late afternoon, on a warm July day we were picked up to begin the long drive East from Palermo airport before ascending sharply to the picturesque medieval town of Erice. It is situated high on a mountain top on the North West corner of Sicily, providing stunning views of Sicily to the South East and the Mediterranean Sea anywhere else you turned.
This was to be our home for the next week together with around 60 other international participants. A week of priceless networking, stimulating lectures presented by enthusiastic and very knowledgeable lecturers. The fellow attendees were from all corners of the globe and mostly shared the common values of learning during the day before enjoying the cooler nights with some food, drink and each other.
Group picture of all participants of the Erice Summer School 2018
The course was titled "Materials for Energy and Sustainability”. It reviewed critical material issues for the production and storage of renewable and sustainable energy with the aim to present and discuss the current state of the art of materials research and use in industry as well as future perspectives.
Besides, there was also a broad range of topics covered to keep the interests of all the people in attendance, who had a variety of backgrounds. There were predominantly prospective PhD students for the material science field in the class, but master students and industry veterans also filled the auditorium with backgrounds in engineering and geology to add a different perspective. All options were readily accepted, debated and encouraged with a healthy ratio of lectures followed by time to discuss."
Many thanks to: Charlie Brigden, Saumya Bansal, Shreenath Muralidharan for their contribution to the article