Ostrava hosted the first summer school of the SAN4FUEL project - Catrin

Ostrava hosted the first summer school of the SAN4FUEL project

Participants in a summer school, which took place in the multifunctional auditorium of the Dolní Vítkovice region as the opening act of the international conference Nano Ostrava 2023, discussed the development of new materials using atomic engineering, alongside their characterization, as well as the preparation of publications for prestigious scientific journals or possibilities to succeed in the project calls of the Horizon Europe programme. The summer school was organized under the Horizon Europe project SAN4FUEL, which brings together scientists from CATRIN of Palacký University, the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies of VSB-TUO, the University of Trieste, and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

“As part of the SAN4FUEL project, a total of three summer schools will take place, with the Ostrava school being the first to run. Especially for PhD students and post-docs, we prepared lectures on the main topic of our project, which is hydrogen production by solar water splitting, electrochemical transformation of waste carbon dioxide and especially the preparation of new materials by engineering of single-atoms, however, other issues that could broaden the horizons of young scientists were also discussed,” said the main organizer of this event and the Principal Investigator of the project, Štěpán Kment.

Since collaboration within an international team and sharing of experience is an important part of the project, other issues were also discussed in addition to specific scientific results. Among the lecturers was the renowned expert in the field of catalysis and electrocatalysis Paolo Fornasiero, who, as editor of the scientific journal ACS Catalysis, talked about research data management, preparing a scientific paper or about how to avoid the most common mistakes and ethical transgressions. Andrea Nogová from CATRIN talked about the possibilities of exploiting the existing collaboration in other European projects and Eirini Ioannou focused on issues of personal development, coaching and time management with regard to scientific activities. Aristides Bakandritsos or Giorgio Zoppellaro also represented CATRIN among the lecturers. An overview of the talks is available here.

The summer school has been associated with the Nano Ostrava 2023 conference, where the SAN4FUEL project investigators will present some of their results. Other summer schools will be held at partners’ institutions in Italy and Germany. In addition, joint workshops or exchange stays are also planned. The Nano Ostrava 2023 conference, focused primarily on energy and the environment, continues until 18 May.

Martina Šaradínová
Karolina Zavoralová
May 16, 2023