Dr Aimaro Sanna: Part of the Crucible Delegation at ESOF14


 Dr Aimaro Sanna (9th on the left) with Crucible Delegation at the Royal Danish Academy

As part of the Scottish Crucible delegation led by Professor Alan Miller and Dr Ruth Neiland, from Heriot-Watt University, Aimaro Sanna had the chance to attend the largest scientific conference in Europe. The Euro Science Open Forum (ESOF2014) in the Carlsberg City district of Copenhagen gathered more than 4,500 researchers, 5 Nobel Laureates, politicians, entrepreneurs, business representatives and journalists for presentations and discussions of new science and research policy. The opening ceremony took place on Sunday 22 June with participation from H.M. Queen Margrethe II and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

It was an amazing opportunity to strengthen bond across the Crucible Alumni from 8 different Scottish Universities and also networking with potential collaborators and colleagues from all-over Europe. Of particular interest for me was the “catalysis for sustainable energy session”, which allowed me to network with Prof. Ei-ichiNegishi, 2010 Nobel Laureate in chemistry from Purdue University, Prof. Jens Nørskov, from Stanford University and numerous other prominent scientists working on catalysis.

“The Heriot-Watt Crucible is a highly successful leadership and development programme which helped me on broaden my networks and interdisciplinary collaborations, achieve more impact and become more creative and innovative in my research approach” – said Dr Aimaro Sanna.