Best Presentation Award

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Date: 10th of July 2018
Location: London, UK
Audience: students and staff of CITY, University of London

Mr Mithun Murali Girija (ERS 15/CITY, University of London) was granted a Best  Presentation Award for his oral presentation, as evaluated by the judges of the City SMCSE PhD Symposium 2018. The Symposium is the inaugural conference for PhD students in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering; an opportunity to celebrate the research culture in the school. The 16 oral presentations and the approximately 20 poster presentations aimed to summarise the research conducted in different scientific areas (from Cybersecurity to mechanical engineering) in a manner accessible to a non-expert audience.

Mr Murali Girija (ESR15/City University of London) introduced his audience to the physics of cavitation and then he shared some of his research work on gear pump cavitation and its importance in the aviation industry. He also informed his audience about the Marie-Curie actions and the CaFE-project. His talk led to a lot of questions, all related to the ITN-projects: scholarships, training, mobility opportunities, application procedures and collaboration between industries and universities.

The event was followed by a summer party, where Mr Murali Girija received his award and enjoyed the appreciation of the audience.

Interaction with the hydraulic power generation

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Date: 24th  of May 2018
Location: Andritz Hydro, Vevey, Switzerland
Audience: staff from R&D, maintenance and management of Andritz Hydro Vevey

Andritz Hydro is a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services (“from water-to-wire“) for hydropower plants and one of the leaders in the world market for hydraulic power generation.

ANDRITZ HYDRO Vevey – a member of the CaFE project consortium – has hosted Mr Saad Jahangir (ESR 5 / TU Delft) and Mr Ebrahim Ghahramani (ESR 8 / Chalmers) for their 2-month secondment. ANDRITZ HYDRO Vevey’s business activities are mainly directed towards the rehabilitation of existing turbines on the international market. Consequently, the research conducted by the CaFE ESRs with regards to the cavitation phaenomenon arose the curiosity of the company’s staff. This motivated the CaFE ESRs to present their work to a very interested audience: the technology manager, the turbine team leader, researchers from the R & D and maintenance departments as well as laboratory engineers.

The ESRs explained how their research work is funded by introducing their audience to the Marie Curie ITN actions and its main objectives: Innovation, Internationality, Mobility and Collaboration. As the ESRs were addressing a mixed audience they first threw some light on the cavitation phaenomenon by using every day examples and various non-engineering applications and then they provided detailed information: a presentation of their own PhD thesis and of the joint experiments that they have carried out using the cavitation test rig of the company.

The presentation led to a meaningful interaction with the audience with lots of questions and comments about the research projects of the ESRs and the 2-month collaboration with Andritz.

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The long night of research

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Date: 13th of April 2018
Location: Graz, Austria
Audience: General public

Mr Marco Cristofaro (ESR 14/AVL) participated actively in the event the “Lange Nacht der Forschung” (Long night of research) which took place in Austria on the 13th of April 2018. The “Long night of research” is a nationwide science communication event that makes research institutions accessible to the general public for one night. Current research projects, new findings and technologies are presented in an exciting, understandable and entertaining way.

This year’s event was a very successful one: 200.000 visitors in 265 locations all over Austria interacted with the researchers to gain information on scientific topics that affect the daily life and influence the future.

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Mr Cristofaro was in Graz and spent most of his time at FH Joanneum, the AVL headquarters and TU Graz. He discussed with the visitors and other researchers aiming to underline a) the importance of research in understanding reality and how this understanding can improve the quality of our life, b) the value of worldwide borderless collaborations in the research community and c) the contribution of the Marie-Curie Actions funding opportunities to the research conducted in Europe but also worldwide.

Invent (Y)our Future

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Date: 12-14 April 2018
Location: Drunen, Netherlands
Audience: approx. 100 people

The first “Invent (Y)our Future” event was organized in 2018 by Wärtsilä Netherlands and was held in Drunen from 12-14 April. Innovation and Digitalization were the central themes of the event, which aimed to showcase recent development as well as future opportunities to the Wärtsilä employees. More than 100 people from every department of the company attended the event.

During the interactive three-day programme Mr Themistoklis Melissaris (ESR 12/ Wärtsilä) shared the innovative actions of the CaFE project, focusing on his own research area: how cavitation erosion prediction with CFD can change the future of propeller design and what will be the general impact on the maritime industry.

When addressing experts in maritime industry Mr Melissaris went into detail about how cavitation erosion risk on propellers can be assessed and about the limitations of this assessment. His colleagues from departments that weren’t related to engineering were interested in understanding how cavitation erosion prediction with CFD can improve business and development in the future.

The event was an excellent opportunity for Mr Melissaris to increase awareness of his research work and its impact.

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Challenges in hydropower

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Date: 23rd of March 2018
Location: Glion, Switzerland
Audience: 10 students of the Glion Institute of Higher Education (age 18 – 25)

The Glion Institute of Higher Education invited Dr Magdalena Neuhauser – who works at Andritz Hydro and is a member of the CaFE project consortium – to give a lecture on the production of electricity and on hydraulic turbines. Dr Neuhauser presented the CaFE project to the students and focused on the “Challenges in hydropower”. The multinational audience participated actively in the activity. They were interested in learning more about the challenges linked to global and local trends in electricity generation and they discussed at length the hydropower plants in their respective home countries: Turkey, Germany, China, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic and France.

Fête de la Science 2017


Date: 13th of October 2017
Location: Grenoble, France
Audience: 34 students (School Grésivaudan, Meylan)

Fete de la Science 2017 was held on 13th October 2017 in Grenoble, France. A group of 34 students from the school Grésivaudan in Meylan visited LEGI to participate in an activity organized by our partners (Grenoble Institute of Technology).

The cavitation phaenomenon and the funding behind the research conducted were in the centre of the presentation. ESR3, Mr Shrey Joshi, had prepared an age appropriate video for the occasion and Prof. Jean-Pierre Franc presented the funding opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 to young researchers. He also explained how the investment in research and technology helps the society grow.

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.


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.