PhD students succeeded in the Young Researcher Competition of the XXIV Czech-Polish seminar

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Vladimir Pushkarev, Dalibor Repček, and André Maia shined in the Young Researcher Competition, consisting of a two-minute talk and a poster presentation, at the XXIV Czech-Polish seminar.

The XXIV Czech-Polish seminar took place in the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše in Czech, Karkonosze in Polish, Riesengebirge in German) in Harrachov (May 23 – 27, 2022) in a warm atmosphere created by 95 participants from 10 countries.

Group photo of the participants.
Group photo of the participants.

This year, the program of the well-established international conference on Structural and ferroelectric phase transitions (see the highlighted text below) included not only 8 tutorial lectures to stimulate the scientific development of our younger colleagues, but also a Young Researcher Competition. All students had an opportunity to take part in a Clip Session to demonstrate their ability to introduce their research orally in two minutes to a broad audience and in the follow-up poster session. Finally, the best 5 competitors were awarded:

  • Vladimir Pushkarev (FZU - Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences):
    Charge confinement and band bending in single-crystalline GaAs nanostructures
  • Dalibor Repček (FZU - Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences):
    Quantum bicriticality tuning in (Eu,Ba,Sr)TiO3 system
  • André Maia (FZU - Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences):
    Lattice dynamics and soft-mode friven gerroelectricity in multiferroic BiMn3Cr4O12
  • Dawid Drozdowski (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland):
    Effect of halide mixing on structural and optoelectrical properties of the 3D and 2D methylhydrazinium lead halide perovskites
  • Barbara Loska (Institute of Materials Engineering, University of Silesia, Chorzów, Poland):
    Molecular interactions in the twist-bend nematic phase.
Winners of the Young Researcher Competition
Awarded PhD students. From the left:
Dalibor Repček, Vladimir Pushkarev, André Maia, Dawid Drozdowski, and Barbara Loska.

History of the Czech-Polish seminar:
The idea of regular scientific meetings of physicists involved in studies of ferroelectrics and phase transitions in Poland and Czechoslovakia followed inevitably from the success of first such an event in Błażejewko in 1979. The Seminar was organized in collaborating of the Department of Dielectrics of the Institute of Physics of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and the Ferroelectric Lab of the Institute of Molecular Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences. The Seminars are an international forum for presentation of recent results, unconstrained discussions and initiating of joint studies. This conference series results not only in scientific integration but also in close cooperation and friendship. The bianual event usually brings together about 100–120 participants in a proportion: approximately one third from the Czech Republic, one third from Poland and the rest from other countries.