Poster award for photo contacts from UCPH – University of Copenhagen

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02 August 2013

Poster award for photo contacts from UCPH

PHD Poster Award

Not every day does the poster jury at an international conference invent an additional poster award. But that is exactly what happened for Department of Chemistry’s Søren Broman when he attended this year’s Heron Island Conference on Reactive Intermediates & Unusual Molecules.

Newly published results presented

Søren, who is affiliated with Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen’s group, attended the conference with a poster describing the group’s photo contacts used for measuring the ability of various functional groups to attract or donate electrons. The work has just been published in Chemistry - a European Journal.

Conference with sharks

The conference takes place on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is a minute coral island in the middle of the reef explains Broman.

“It’s a cool place to hold a conference, as there’s time to go snorkeling amidst sharks, sea turtles and rays whenever there’s a break between presentations”, says the award winning PHD-student, and goes on: “Another PHD-student had already won the “real” award but my poster was really on a level with the winner, so they “invented” an additional award and gave that to me. It was just a sum of 35$Aus which barely covered the rent on my wetsuit”, quips Broman, who none the less felt that being noticed was gratifying and well worth the trip.

“An important point of going to a conference like this one is to promote the University of Copenhagen and my group. Obviously that is achieved by being noticed for something positive”, concludes Søren Broman.