Science – fiction: science or fiction?

Date: 29th of July
Location: Munich, Germany
Audience: approx. 40 students from USA, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Ukraine, Russia, average age 13

Ms Daria Ogloblina (ESR 1/ TUM) and Ms Polina Gorkh (ESR 7/ TUM) visited the summer physical-mathematical camp “Delta” for gifted children that took place in the Russian cultural centre “GOROD” in Munich to implement an outreach activity. They wanted to motivate the children to become researchers and so they prepared an age-appropriate lecture on science – fiction: 1) common mistakes to be seen in sci-fi movies and 2) modern inventions which bring us closer to sci-fi.

The international 13-year-old audience was successfully inspired and during the whole lecture they participated vividly in the discussion: They made guesses, assumptions, tried to provide their explanations and prove their hypotheses.

They were so absorbed into asking questions regarding prospective developments and proposing topic related hypothetical situations, that they didn’t want to leave the room when the lecture was over.

Consequently, the CaFE ESRs received a lot of appreciation from the organizers but also an invitation to the following similar event.

A new generation of early-stage researchers

Date: 24th of July 2017
Location: Munich, Germany
Audience: approx. 25 bachelor students

The TUM University (Technische Universität München) organized in July 2017 an event for engineering bachelor students to a) teach the skills required for basic scientific research as well as those needed for interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial activity and to b) give graduates access to careers in the interdisciplinary sectors and occupational fields of the future.

Being a member of the CaFE project for more than 2 years Ms Polina Gorkh (ESR 7 / TUM) had the prefect background and experience to contribute to the training of the bachelor students. In her lecture entitled “Cavitation research in the international CaFE project” she presented the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and information on the number of people that have the support of the EU, the kind of support they get and the kind of opportunities they are offered.

The cavitation phaenomenon was the main topic of the second part of her lecture. She used a PVT diagram to explain the difference between boiling and cavitation and explained why it can be erosive and why one should predict and control cavitation. She also showed recently published examples that were computed on the SuperMUC in her cavitation group at TUM.

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Finally, Ms Gorkh used the CaFE project as an example to underline the objectives of the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Networks: innovation, mobility, internationality and collaboration. She presented the location of each participating organisation on the world map to emphasize internationality, explained the idea of secondments to emphasise mobility and inter-sectoral collaboration and she used the work packages of the CaFE project to show the interaction of the individual research projects.

Fascinated with fluid dynamics!

Date: 12th of June 2017
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Audience: approx. 25 high-school students

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In mid-June 2017 the laboratory for hydraulic machines (LMH) of EPFL hosted about 25 students from the ‘Gymnase du Bugnon’, a high-school in Lausanne, Switzerland.

During their visit Mr Ali Amini (ESR 16/EPFL) had the opportunity to give them basic knowledge of fluid mechanics. He focused on the cavitation phenomenon and explained why it is important to study it.

He also demonstrated the high-speed cavitation tunnel of EPFL. During the demonstration the students observed how a one-phase flow turns into a cavitating flow when the static pressure of the tunnel falls beyond a critical value. The fascinated faces of the students were Mr Amini’s valuable reward for the implementation of this activity.

Research opportunities in Europe

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Date: 11/01/2017
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Audience: 105 fourteen-year old students

105 teenagers, all students of the 9th grade, participated in the outreach activity of Mr Saad Jahangir (ESR5). The activity was implemented at the “The Crescent School” in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mr Jahangir aimed to focus on the importance of science but also on the career prospects of young researchers. He had prepared 2 age-appropriate presentations; one was related to physics and the other one to the career opportunities offered to young researchers by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union. The brief age-appropriate presentations, the short science movies, the questionnaires Mr Jahangir had developed for his students but also the interactive way in which he implemented his activity contributed to the successful outcome.

According to the 4 teachers that were present but also to the principal of the school, Mrs. Sobia Lodhi, “Saad managed to involve the students into his activity. This way they gained knowledge, got inspired but also enjoyed the event”.

How about becoming a researcher?

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Date: 21/12/2016
Location: Athens, Greece
Audience: 22 seventeen-year old students with prior knowledge in physics.

ESR 6, Mr Efstathios Kontolatis visited his former school in Athens, Greece (1st Lyzeum Papagou in Athens) to encourage and motivate students to pursue careers in science and research and to introduce them to his research field.

What kind of skills does a scientist need to pursue an international career related to research? Who was Marie Curie? What options offer the Marie Curie ITN programmes? What means mobility in terms of a researcher’s career?

Mr Kontolatis presented info on the above based on his own life example. He also explained what is cavitation and presented his research topic (cavitation in diesel injector nozzles) without complex scientific terminology. The discussion following the presentation focused on the research needs in the area of fluid mechanics and a simple questionnaire was completed by the students. It had been developed to measure the students’ motivation towards research related careers.

Mr Kontolatis received positive feedback from the students and their teacher, Mr Seriatos. Overall, the activity was considered as very successful, as shown also by the completed questionnaires: All students gained new knowledge on fluid dynamics, half of them would like to receive more info on programmes that are funded by the EU and one third of the students would like to learn more about cavitation.

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Night at the museum

natural_history_museum02Date: 30/9/2016
Location: London, UK

On 30th September 2016, Dr Celia Soteriou (Delphi) along with the CaFE project research fellows Max Brunhart (Delphi), Evangelos Stavropoulos (CITY), Nikolaos Kyriazis (CITY), MG Mithun (CITY), and Efstathios Kontolatis (CITY) participated in the event Science Uncovered Night at the Natural History Museum of London.

The whole Event was a great success including our CaFE project stand, which was part of the section dedicated to European Researchers – projects funded by the EU and was located in the heart of the museum. Our stand was really busy most of the time and we were surprised and encouraged at the appetite of the visitors to hear about the work being done. Many people had never heard of cavitation and erosion before and generally found this scientific topic and its applications engaging. It was a nice change of pace for the researchers to get out of their research bubbles and explain their work to the general public and researchers from other fields.

Finally, all the researchers participated in the “Talkaoke” table at different times during the evening. Anyone could sit down at the round “Talkaoke table and join the conversation. It was certainly an interesting and novel experience and the course of the discussions was obviously quite unpredictable.

The outreach event overall was a great success: the research fellows developed their communication skills and the public seemed to appreciate the opportunity to get involved and participate in the whole process gaining useful knowledge. And everybody enjoyed it!

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