Congratulations to Dr. Janakiram Vaitla, very well deserved.
CHOCO PI Kathrin has been assigned member of the Resource Allocation Committee (RFK), which decides over access to e-infrastructure in Norway. The committee receives several hundred applications for e-infrastructure per year.
CHOC PI Kathrin has given an invited talk at the ACS meeting in Heidelberg: Celebrating Scientific Diversity in Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry in Europe. The meeting featured 16 high-level speakers, 22 degrees sunshine, and a fantastic collaborative atmosphere.
9 speakers were female, and this was an amazing experience! Science is for everyone!
In the spring of 2018 the CHOCO group had a MSc student from Besançon, Louise Poutot, visiting.
What were you working on?
I had to prospect the effect of different Lewis acids on CO2, using Gaussian 09. My work had the title “Study of the Activation of Carbon Dioxide by Lewis Acids“. I worked with the theoretical team of the CHOCO Group.
How did you like working in Tromsø?
The work environment was perfect! I had a shared office with 2 others and they were really nice. Also I never worked in such a place, but I think conditions were ideal for working, everybody was really nice, there is whiteboard in corridors for researchers to work and talk together without bothering anyone in office. The athmosphere was really good and the pause room is nice and cosy, especially with the coffee machine!
What were challenges with work/project/etc?
The biggest challenges for me were to discover a new work environment and a new country with its culture. Using new tools and being efficient were also challenging.
How was life in Tromsø?
Life in Tromsø is nice, the town is not really big, but there is a lot of things to see, visit and it’s really different compared to what I know in France. I met a lot of people. I played cardboard games, ate pizza, and discovered that somewhere on earth some people eat whale. I tasted brown cheese (hmm… Sorry Yngve but I don’t like it. At all.) I also discovered what it is to live with the midnight sun! Strange experience: snow and sun at midnight in June – an unforgettable experience!
Obviously I had a really good stay in Tromsø, and The CHOCO group is nice and warm and very welcoming. I’m happy I was there and I hope to come back. Once again Thank you all!
Thank you Louise for three months with your pleasant demeanor and your contribution to furthering research – one step at a time!
The CHOCO group thanks the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences and the Tromsø Research Foundation for contributing to finance Louise’s stay.
The CHOCO out-of-town meeting 2018 took place at Hamn on Senja (September 25-26).
On Tuesday we cooked an international dinner with food from Serbia, Spain, Norway, Germany, Armenia and Egypt. On Wednesday we had career-development exercises were CHOCO members learned how to write CVs and job applications – and how not to. Afterwards half of the group went on a long hike. 🙂
Impressions from the meeting:
Did you think?
The CHOCO group and Karen O. H. Dundas from IK have arranged the exhibition ‘Did you think?’ at Nerstranda. In total, 22 roll-ups were produced for the exhibition.
Together with Maria Olsson from the Dept. for Psychology, we used the occasion to write a comment on gender balance in academia and the importance of role models: http://nordnorskdebatt.no/article/trodde-du
Special thanks to Nerstranda for the location, to the UiT 50 year anniversary committee and the NT-faculty for financing, and to Torger Grytå for the design.
The CHOCO group together with several other members of the NordCO2 consortium organized a great course on ‘Mechanisms for CO2 activation’ at UiT. 22 students from UiB, UiO, UU, UiT, AU and KTH joined, with lecturers coming from all the Nordic Countries (Denmark, Iceland, Sween, Finland and Norway).
Impressions from the course:
CHOCO PI Kathrin is invited speaker at the ACS meeting in Heidelberg October 10 and will also participate in a Panel discussion on Women in Chemistry October 11..
CHOCO PI Kathrin has been selected as an AURORA Outstanding candidate. The two year program will provide career and leadership advice and guidance.
Read more here.
Kandidatene på AURORA Outstandig møttes første gang tirsdag 4. september på lanseringa av programmet. Det er Jana Jagerska, Krishna Agarwal, Fatih Bayram, Shona Wood, Alexander Tøsdal Tveit, Andreia Aletia Plaza Faverola, Cordian Reiner, Pia Abel zur Wiesch, Sören Abel, Rachel Klassen, Juha Vierinen, Kathrin Helen Hopmann og Eva-Stina Edholm. Evangelina Leivada og Lorena Arraz var ikke til stede da bildet ble tatt. Foto: David Jensen
The CHOCO group initiated organization of a 3-day Python course at UiT. The HPC group at UiT agreed to teach at the course and right now there are 30 happy students learning how to work with files, lists, variables etc in python. Special thanks to Radovan Bast and Dan Johnson for perparing the material and for teaching, and to Yngve Guttormsen for making sure that people both have a bed to sleep in and something to eat.