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Updated: Aug 22, 2019

In September 2018, chemistry graduate student and BWIC member, Olja Simoska, of the Stevenson and Shear research groups, attended the 3rd International Conference of Young Scientists in Moscow, Russia. The conference topic was “Topical Problems of Modern Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Materials Science” and it was organized by the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Moscow State University.

Olja with her coworker Caleb (left) and P.I., Keith Stevenson of Skoltech (center)

The goal of this conference was to provide a broad overview of the current progress and challenges for advancing electrochemistry research. Speakers were invited to give lectures covering key scientific discoveries and provide future perspectives in their fields. Each day was filled with lectures from distinguished researchers among which were Professor Claude Delmas (Bordeaux Institute of Condensed-Matter Chemistry, France), Professor Hubert Girault (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), Professor Shinichi Komaba (Kyoto University, Japan), Professor An Hardy (Hasselt University, Belgium), Professor Matthieu Saubanère (Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, France) and Professor Chris Pickard (University of Cambridge, UK). Graduate student Olja was also one of the invited speakers and gave a lecture on her research using carbon ultramicroelectrode arrays to study complex biological environments.


“The conference definitely fortified my love for doing research and solving scientific problems. The exchange of ideas, the long science discussions, and intellectual conversations after each lecture were very inspiring especially for young scientists, like me, to make a difference in the world. It was great to meet other scientists who also do electrochemistry research and to make useful connections. I am happy that I had the wonderful opportunity to attend this conference, give a lecture on my research and get valuable feedback from researchers/experts.” – Olja

Olja in Moscow

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