Science for Survival – AMN8’s Nano Trio

As Hollywood has now found, women scientists and mathematicians are no longer “hidden figures” in the race to make cleaner, cheaper, smarter energy and materials for a better world … for survival.

Three top international women scientists here in Queenstown for the AMN8 advanced materials and nanotechnology conference will talk about their work and experiences as scientists. Professor Silvia Giordani, Dr Carla Meledandri, and Professor Natalie Stingelin will also answer your questions about their road to science and discoveries.

This is a free event, organised by the MacDiarmid Institute in association with the AMN8 Conference and Catalyst.Venue is the Copthorne 3, Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront, 27 Frankton Rd. Please register at connect@catalystnz.org.

MC for the evening is Professor Paul Kruger, Principal Investigator, MacDiarmid Institute. 

About the speakers:

SIlvia GiordaniSilvia Giordani, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Silvia Giordani is the founder director of the Nano Carbon Materials Lab at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova. She has been awarded the prestigious SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award, and in 2012 she received a L’Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland for Women in Science Fellowship. She received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Miami, USA and, supported by Marie Curie Fellowships, she studied various aspects of nanotechnology as a post-doctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland (where she was also a Research Assistant Professor) and the University of Trieste, Italy.

Carla MeledandriCarla Meledandri, University of Otago / The MacDiarmid Institute, NZ

Winner of the 2016 Emerging Innovator Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, Carla Meledandri is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago where her research focuses on the development of functional nanoscale and nanocomposite materials, and evaluation of their efficacy for applications in the area of biomedicine. She obtained her Chemistry degree from Penn State University in 2001 then worked as a Research Associate at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, USA. She carried out PhD research from 2004-2008 in the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland.

Natalie StingelinProf Natalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Natalie Stingelin is a Full Professor of Organic Energy Materials with research interests encompassing organic electronics and photonics, bioelectronics, physical chemistry of organic functional materials, and smart inorganic/organic hybrid systems. She was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining’s Rosenhain Medal and Prize (2014) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship Initiative Award for Visiting Scientists (2015); she was the Chair of the 2016 Gordon Conference on ‘Electronic Processes in Organic Materials’ as well as the 2016 Zing conference on ‘Organic Semiconductors’. She has published 145 papers and 6 issued patents. She has had prior positions at Imperial College London; the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge; the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven; and ETH Zürich. She is Associate Editor of the RSC journal ‘Journal of Materials Chemistry C’.

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