The Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS organised and hosted, from August 29 until September 2, 2016, the first Summer school “Short Pulsed Laser Micro/Nanostructuring of Surfaces” for (and by) PhD students of the “Laser4Fun” project, supported by the European Commission (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. This summer school was combined with the “5th International Summer School on Trends and new developments in Laser Technology”, organised by the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS and the Technical University of Dresden. This one-week International Summer School brought about 40 undergraduate and PhD students together for an intensive programme of study on fundamental and applied aspects of laser technology. The main programme consisted of lectures by renowned experts, supplemented by poster presentations and informal discussion sessions, as well as practices in the laboratory. The course aimed to enable the exchange of new ideas across these fields.
The annual LASER4FUN meeting, as well as the Supervisory Board (SB) meeting of the LASER4FUN project took place on June 23rd and 24th, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. The meeting was hosted by ALPhaNOV. As it was the first meeting where all the Early Stage Reseachers (ESRs) joined, the ESRs introduced themselves and presented their background. They also joined the discussions on the progress and future work of the project with their supervisors & industrial partners, and had their first training. Moreover, the specifications and requirements of the surfaces to be produced/studied (Workpackage 1), were discussed. Further, the status of the project, management and reporting issues, as well as communication and dissemination topics were discussed.
The LASER4FUN European Training Network had 14 vacancies for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for research positions in the frame of a PhD doctoral programme, targeting a PhD degree. The consortium is happy to announce that all ESR positions have been filled and that the ESRs have started their work between January 1st and May 2nd 2016. The biography of each ESR can be found on the PEOPLE page on this website.
The First Technical Board (TB) meeting, as well as the Supervisory Board (SB) meeting of the LASER4FUN project took place on March 4th, 2016, at the Centro Laser de la Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM). Hosted by Prof. Jose Luis Ocaña, the TB & SB discussed the recruitment status of the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), status of the project, management and reporting issues, communication and dissemination topics, definition of problems and pre-required structure geometry and size, as well as ESR training activities.
Officially, the LASER4FUN project started on September 1st, 2015. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology in Dresden (Germany), hosted the project’s kick-off meeting on September 4th. All participants were eager and keen to start the project.
From left to right: Andres Fabian Lasagni (Fraunhofer), Tobias Mertens (Airbus), Andrés Escartín (BSH), Virginia Gotor (BSH), Gert-willem Römer (University of Twente), Giuseppe Carbone (CNR), Antonio Ancona (CNR), Jose Luis Ocaña (UPM) and Thomas Kiedrowski (Bosch).
The European Commission has signed the Grant Agreement of LASER4FUN. The project will start on September 1st, 2015.