The meeting was hosted by Leo Gizzi and his colleagues at Instituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici CNR. It was a very intense and fruitful workshop attended by over 50 members. Around 40 scientists gave reports on research activities at their home institutions. All presentations are currently available on CD.
3rd MC Meeting in Pisa, 23 November 2007
There were 17 members in attendance. No COST representative was present but we met our COST Rapporteur Zsolt Kajcsos for the first time. The discussions, among other topics, concentrated around possible Working Group Co-oridnator nominations, future STSMs and budgetary issues.
1st Training School in Warsaw, 28 May 2008
For the first time the MP0601 Action has organised a Training School for early stage researchers. There were 12 students participating in the school, studying EUV Optics and Technology topics. The morning sessions consisted of three seminars giving the students the necessary background knowledge. Then followed three practical sessions in the afternoon.
“During the one-day training school on EUV Optics and Technology I participated in theoretical lectures and practical work. The lectures were very interesting and contributed to better understanding of the experiments.
I have previously visited a lot of laboratories with electron microscopes but here I could use one myself for the first time and discuss the technique with experts. Since our faculty will soon be in possession of an electron microscope, this experience was very helpful for my future research work.
I have extended my knowledge in a very pleasant way during the competition offered by Prof. Michette. Some of the questions were difficult and made us think, and so all of the students must have benefited in a similar fashion. I think that the training school was perfect for learning the basics of research into laser-matter interactions.”
Veronika Pickova - student
“The training school was an excellent and useful introduction to laser plasma EUV sources, and related optics. It was ideal for new-researchers to the field and succeeded in giving a broad overview of current technologies and understanding through the lectures and the hands-on experience.”
Matt Shand - student
2nd Joint Working Groups Meeting in Warsaw,
The meeting was hosted by Henryk Fiedorowicz and his colleagues from the Institute of Optoelectronics at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw. Almost 60 registered members attended the meeting. Those reporting on their research activities were given a choice of an oral or visual (poster) presentation. In total 39 great presentations were given. In the evening our hosts treated us to spectacular Polish hospitality with a memorable Social Dinner, during which the stimulating scientific discussions continued.
There were 18 participants in attendance. Unfortunately neither a COST representative nor the COST Rapporteur were able to attend but the COST Office provided a PowerPoint presentation with updated news.
The meeting was hosted by Reiner Dietsch and his colleagues from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) in Dresden. Almost 50 registered members attended the meeting. In all 33 stimulating presentations were given, including several by early stage researchers, and many of these highlighted the benefits of collaborative work generated by the Action. As in previous meetings the lunch and coffee breaks (when posters were viewed) and the social dinner provided the opportunity for further scientific discussions about present and future work.
The meeting was attended by 17 MC members and two observers. Neither COST representative nor Scientific Rapporteur were able to attend. The COST Office provided a PowerPoint presentation and a telephone link was made available to answer any queries. The topics included STSMs’ funding issues and contributions to Annual Report.
Over 60 participants attended the meeting hosted by Luis Roso and his colleagues from The Spanish Centre for Ultra-fast Ultra-intense Lasers in Salamanca. There were 28 oral presentations, including three from representatives of COST Action IE0601 Wood Science for Cultural Heritage, and 12 posters. The beautiful historical surroundings of the University and the city of Salamanca provided a perfect backdrop to many stimulating interactions.
The meeting was attended by 15 MC members, the Scientific Rapporteur and the Scientific Officer who gave an update from the COST Office. The three representatives from IE0601 attended as observers, and an important outcome of the discussions was the agreement to explore collaborative work between the two Actions.
Our November meeting, hosted by Dusan Korytar and his colleagues from Slovak Academy of Sciences, was held in Smolenice Castle, an atmospheric and hospitable setting that encouraged stimulating discussions and productive interactions. The meeting was attended by 55 participants. The tasting of local wines and the folk band, that serenaded us during the social dinner, provided welcome interludes from intense scientific programme, which consisted of 22 oral presentations (3 from overseas colleagues from USA, China and Japan) and 21 posters.
The MC meeting was attended by 12 members of the committee. Unfortunately the Scientific Rapporteur and the Scientific Officer could not attend but a PowerPoint presentation with updated news from the COST Office was provided. Topics discussed included future plans for the continuation of our collaborations and the preparation of the book based upon the Action’s activities.
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The May 2010 meeting was hosted by Zbigniew Stachura and Janusz Lekki of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), Kraków. The venue was the historical Dom Polonii in Kraków’s Main Market Square, where all the talks, poster presentations, lunches and social events (dinner, Chopin piano concert and farewell) took place. The meeting was attended by 57 participants, who between them gave 19 talks and 17 posters, all of which provoked stimulating discussions. On the day after the meeting two additional events were organised – a visit to several laboratories of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, PAN, and an excursion to the World Heritage medieval salt mine in Wieliczka, thus providing the participants with the opportunity to continue discussions while enjoying a unique setting.
The MC meeting was attended by 15 members of the committee, the Scientific Rapporteur and a representative of the COST Office. The main topics of discussion were future plans for the continuation of our collaborations, where several ideas were put forward. The book, based upon advances made as a result of the Action’s activities, has also been discussed; it was agreed that its content should be at the level of a graduate text.
The November working groups meeting was attended by 60 participants from 14 countries; 24 attendees were early stage researchers. The meeting, hosted by Bill Brocklesby and Jeremy Frey, took place at the Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton. The ORC has a strong reputation in photonics research, backed by well equipped x-ray laboratories and fabrication facilities. Most participants took the opportunity to visit the facilities after the presentations. The meeting was technically very stimulating, with many interesting new results being submitted, and diverse and sophisticated applications being presented. The social dinner, again, offered plenty of opportunities for further discussions.
The MC meeting was attended by 20 members of the committee, the Scientific Rapporteur and the Scientific Officer of the COST Office. A representative of IE0601 (Wood Science for Cultural Heritage) was also present to discuss various aspects of the synergy between our two Actions. The plans for the Action’s book were also deliberated - the introductory chapters for each working group, outlining the pre-Action state of the art, will be followed by contributions describing advances made during the Action.