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.
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.
Sharing by Antareep Sharma
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
Sharing by Tanaya Chaudhuri
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.
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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