I was very grateful to be awarded the Sir Eric Rideal travel Bursary by SCI. With the financial support, I was able to attend the 13th IACIS International Conference on Surface and Colloid Science and the 83rd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium.
The conference was held from 14 -19 June at Columbia University in New York City, USA. It covered a broad range of topics including structures at interface with liquids, colloid -surface interaction in water, polymer-surfactant interactions and many other surface and colloidal topics. The conference has brought together the scientific community and industrial representative from across the globe. This has provided a perfect opportunity to meet and discuss with scientists from both academic and industrial sectors.
I was very honoured to have the opportunity to give an oral presentation titled 'Organic-Inorganic Composite Microcapsules - Preparation and Characterisation'. The talk was well received and triggered a number of questions during discussion, which provided some inspirational ideas for my research.
In addition to the oral presentation, the conference also hosted a two day poster presentation. It was very interesting and exciting to exchange ideas with fellow scientist working in the similar field. I fully enjoyed discussing with them and I was able to generate some new ideas about my research.
This was my first visit to New York City and the US, and it was an eye-opening experience. It is a city that never sleeps, so much to see and experience. I’m sure this will be a trip that I will never forget.
As a young scientist, this conference has broadened my horizon in the field of microencapsulation and colloidal science. I’m sure this visit will benefit my research in the future and it has brought me many useful contacts.
I would like to thank SCI and the Sir Eric Rideal travel bursary, which made this once in a lifetime educational experience possible.
Miss Yue Long
University of Birmingham