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2017

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Sharing by Amit Kumar Khan
The conference was held in a cruise. As it was my first time on a cruise, I felt nervous and lonely. To overcome those feelings, I met other participants to discuss about our research areas and progress. The discussions were also a platform to network with overseas researchers, discuss on future collaborations and receive valuable suggestions form professors. One of the memorable moments during the conference was when we watched movies on the top deck of the cruise after the presentations in the day. I was extremely happy when my name aws announced for the best oral presentation as it was unexpected and many professors as well as post doctorals presented their work. My advice to fellow students who are preparing their conference paper is to rehearse as many times as possible. This is to avoid stumbling during the presentation, especially during the introduction when you can grab the attention of participants to your work.
 

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Sharing by Chew Guan Pin
The student best poster was challenging as it was judged on a three minute flash speech and a single PowerPoint slide to convey the most important ideas and findings of our research work. It was also a great opportunity for us, students, to build up our oral communication skills. To ensure that I ace this three minute flash speech, I first prepared my script a month before the conference. This allowed me to have ample time to practise and perfect my speech. I practised my speech regularly and added hand movements, expressions and varied the elements of sound for emphasis as delivering an expressive speech always stands a better change of winning an award at any conference. My key take-aways from the conference is to never be afraid to ask questions and get the opinion of people who are working in the same area as you are, stay grounded and remain modest even if you were to win an award, do not rest on your laurels and thinks that the work is done and continue to work hard and strive for better results. Some advice for IGS students is to always prepare your poster at least 2 - 3 months before the conference so that there is ample time for your supervisors to wet through it. Their advices/suggestions are often invaluable.

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Sharing by Antareep Sharma
The conference is organised by the Materials Research Society and is one of the most reputed Materials Science Conference in the world. I decided to go ahead and submit an abstract for the symposium as there was a topic on biomaterials. During the symposium, there were plenty of here were plenty of opportunities to meet and network with people working in the same field. I also had the chance of meeting Nobel Laureates speakers. The biggest challenge I faced was the sheer size of the conference and the number of parallel symposia held. There were too many good talks that clashed. Thankfully with the conference app, I was able to schedule my day during the conference. The most memorable moment was when I approached Prof CNR Rao, one of the plenary speakers, to introduce myself. I was surprised but happy to have won the best poster award in a big conference as a 1st year PhD student. My key take-aways from the conference is that it does not matter how 'beautiful' someone's poster looks, it boils down to how well you explain your work. My advice to fellow student is to focus their talk/poster topic more relevant to everyone as that is what makes our research interesting to them.
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Sharing by Tanaya Chaudhuri
The conference is one of the most reputed research platform in the world that would provide an opportunity for me to interact with field experts from around the globe and also give my paper a larger audience. One of the challenges I faced during the conference was to communicate my research to an audience that includes experts from other fields. To overcome this situation, I prepared my presentation in a way that it would sequentially move from the general layman level introduction to the specifics. It was memorable to  be awarded the Best Oral Presentation among presenters of different nationalities and felt grateful to my supervisor and IGS for the opportunity. Winning the award also boosted my confidence for public speaking. The talks by researchers at the conference made me realise that there is an immense scope for Research & Development in the field of smart grids and smart cities. My advice to fellow students is to maintain a flow in your talk so that it is understandable by a larger audience and also make contact with other researchers.
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Pan Zhengxiang is conferred the prestigous Honouree Award at Junior Chamber International Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Singapore 2017 Award. He was complimented for his contributions in "Scientific and/or Technological Development".
 
The annual JCI TOYP award recognises young people under 40 who have made significant contributions in various fields and exemplify the best attributes of the World's young people.
 
Past JCI TOYP winners include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, etc.
 
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