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Young NanoLundians have met again – a report from NanoLund student retreat 2021

Group photo NanoLund student retreat

After having been postponed last year due to the pandemic, the annual NanoLund retreat for student members, PhD students and postdocs did a well-received return in October. With a focus on networking, attendants from across NanoLund disciplines enjoyed two days filled with activities at Backafallsbyn on Hven island.

With people being largely restricted in interacting with co-workers during the past year, the focus on the retreat was on networking across disciplines and divisions within NanoLund. The retreat took place on the 27-28th of October, including an overnight stay, at Backafallsbyn on Hven island outside Landskrona. Roughly 80 attendants from 15 different divisions, it was probably the most attended and diverse retreat so far.

The participants spent a large part of the retreat in smaller groups where they shared their research background and interests with each other and discussed how their various expertise could be combined to benefit from each other. The retreat included some seminars and especially welcome was an interactive workshop by VentureLab, where the participants got to practice how to pitch their ideas efficiently. By the end of the retreat there was a small competition where all groups presented pitches and got to nominate their favourite pitch.

The highlight of the retreat was really the diversity of attendants and the new connections made across divisions, and there was a lot of interest for future NanoLund events where researchers get to network with each other