From the 25th to 29th September last year, I attended the Graphene Flagship’s annual conference, Graphene Week. The conference was hosted in the centre of Athens, Greece, and featured a busy schedule of talks, posters and social events.
I presented my poster on my recent work using hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) as a coating to reduce the friction of steel components. The poster received interest from others at the conference who were also studying 2D materials in friction and wear applications.
Athens is a bustling city, and we managed to visit the main tourist attractions while we were there. A welcome reception was held at the recently refurbished museum at the base of the Acropolis. It’s easy to forget the extent of history that Athens possesses, and the monuments displayed were an enlightening reminder. Our guide demonstrated how the presentation of women in the statues, beginning as simply ornaments to becoming the structural pillars of buildings, reflected the societal attitudes towards women over that time.
The conference closed with a presentation of the next Graphene Week that will be help from the 10th to 14th of September, in San Sebastian, Spain. More details available here.