Event Name Molecular materials: from fundamentals to applications
Start Date 9th Feb 2015
End Date 13th Feb 2015
Duration 5 days
Description The workshop entitled “Molecular materials: from fundamentals to applications” will focus on various aspects of research into molecular materials ranging from fundamentals to applications. The following topics will be covered:

(1) Polymorphism in Molecular Materials – control, prediction, and implications for applications.
(2) Crystallisation of molecular materials under ambient and non-ambient conditions
(3) In situ studies of molecular crystals and molecular materials – diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, lattice dynamics
(4) Solid-state chemical reactions of molecular materials - mechanochemistry

In 2013 the British Council has launched a new five-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and nineteen countries around the world. In 2014 the British Council in Russia is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to organise and deliver a chemistry-themed jointly funded Researcher Links workshop which will provide opportunities for 40 early career researchers from the UK and Russia to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will present their research in the form of a short oral (or poster) presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Russia. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links. 

The British Council and the Royal Society of Chemistry will jointly cover the costs related to participation in the workshop of UK and Russian researchers, including: 

  • UK researchers: travel (both international and local), accommodation, Russian business visas; 
  • Russian researchers: travel and accommodation. 

Miscellaneous event costs will also be covered (including at least 2 meals per day).  


For UK: Prof Colin Pulham, Professor of High-Pressure Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh
For Russia: Prof Elena Boldyreva, Head of Chair of Solid State Chemistry, Novosibirsk State University

Venue and dates

Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia, 9-13 February 2015

Application and Deadline

The full application below must be completed and submitted by 5 December 2014 to Prof Colin Pulham (UK participants) at C.R.Pulham@ed.ac.uk or Prof Elena Boldyreva (Russian participants) at eboldyreva@yahoo.com.

Download the application form 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form 
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or MD) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers. http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/pdf/research_policies/Towards_a_European_Framework_for_Research_Careers_final.pdf. Leading Researchers as defined by the EU Framework for researchers careers are research group leaders who are internationally recognised in their field.
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Russia.

Quality Assessment:

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop 
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes 

Selection Procedure: 

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results: 

  • Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop. 

Equal Opportunities

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief.  Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given. 

Read a full report of the event 

Location Novosibirsk
Russian Federation
Contact Elena Boldyreva
URL http://www.britishcouncil.ru/en/programmes/education/researcher-links-project
Category schools and workshops