Outreach

Communication and public engagement strategy of the project

Each ESR will be actively involved in several annual local outreach activities extremely well developed by each academic partner (HPL and Attocube ESRs will be involved in such activities at their companies as well as at Heriot-Watt University and LMU Munich, respectively). 

Each ESR’s target will be participation in 3 local outreach events. 

In order to achieve the best possible engagement with the general public each ESR will receive special training for outreach at the network-wide Think Ahead Workshop 1.  

Both locally and with Think Ahead, each ESR will have access to one-to-one support with public engagement events including advice on: communicating research; contacts and connections to relevant artists, voluntary sector contacts, business and strategic organisations; finding the correct channels to promote an event; ways of evaluating an event. 

Several network-wide outreach activities will be undertaken by Spin-NANO with an active participation of all ESRs and more senior staff, including
  • Spin-NANO animations - we will produce a series of animations (up to 5) to explain the main concepts behind our research. 
  • Documentary ‘Spin-NANO, a European virtual nano-science lab' - we will work with a professional filmmaker company to make a documentary on our research.
  • Wikipedia articles - We will produce a series of Wikipedia articles (up to 5) to explain the main concepts behind our research. 
  • Spin-NANO Facebook page (and LinkedIn profile) will be created and maintained by the ESRs with the aim of sharing the work done by the network with a broader audience (and between themselves).
  • Participation in large Summer Science Exhibitions We will regularly apply for participation in summer exhibitions such as The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in the UK, providing a unique opportunity for members of the public to interact with scientists and ask them questions about their work.

2D Materials Beyond Graphene - University of Sheffield


In this animation, the next gen. of optoelectronic devices based upon the physics and tech. of layered 2D materials is presented. Following the discovery of graphene a host of other 2D materials have been discovered with a wide range of different properties. We explain the concept and unique properties of 2-dimensional materials and show that by stacking different 2D materials into carefully constructed stacks, these properties can be combined to produce artificial materials known as van der Waals heterostructures with tailor-made properties. Such systems are at the forefront of semiconductor research of which our research group in Sheffield is actively contributing: http://ldsd.group.shef.ac.uk/research...

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