PhD Symposium 2023

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023
Empa Akademie (Dübendorf)

Invited Speakers:

Dr. Teodoro Laino (IBM Zürich)

Dr. Christoph Weder (Adolphe Merkle Institute Fribourg)


Register here, either as and attendant or as a presenter.
Thank you for your contributions!

This year, you, the participants of the PhD Symposium made the event a success again. We would like to thank all sponsors, PhD students, members of the Empa directorate and everyone else involved. Furthermore, we would like to congratulate the winners of this years' awards:

Pictured from left to right: Shih-Chi Yang (Winner of the Empa Forschungspreis), Julia Chmielwska (Winner of the best poster award), Dr. Tanja Zimmermann (Empa Director), Oza Meet Jaydeepkumar (Winner of the best scientific image award), Amogh Kinikar (Winner fo the Empa Forschungspreis).

Further award recipients who are not pictured: Raphael Kuhn (Winner of the BASF Sustainability Award), Kevin Kleeman (Winner of the best presentation award).

In the 2023 edition of the PhD Student Symposium, we want to put a particular emphasis on how materials innovations can be translated into commercially viable green technologies. To this end, we want to motivate presenters to highlight challenges that have to be overcome. This may include challenges that are tackled within their own PhD research but also extend towards challenges that may lie outside of their field. As a result, we want the symposium to be a platform to encourage critical thinking and to initiate collaborations between attendees from various fields of research.

The symposium will embrace a diverse range of topics within applied materials science and engineering, aligning with Empa's research focal points:

  • Advanced and Functional materials
  • Materials for Health and Performance
  • Energy and Environmental
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Analytical Science and Technology
  • Automation and Artificial Intelligence
Preliminary program

The symposium will be held on-site at the Empa Akademie according to this program:


Welcome & Registration


Opening remarks by Organizing Committee & Dr. Tanja Zimmermann

8:45 Diversity and Inclusion at Empa


Keynote speaker Dr. Teodoro Laino


Student presentations


Coffee break & Poster sessions


Keynote speaker Dr. Christoph Weder


Student presentations


Lunch break & poster sessions


Student presentations


Coffee Break & poster presentations


Student presentations


Apéro & Dinner (TBA)

Abstract submission
Empa PhD Students are invited to submit their abstracts via email beofore: 
27th October 2023.

Please follow the guidelines for the abstract and indicate your preference for either a poster or presentation.

Each abstract will be evaluated and authors will be notified on whether and how their contributions will be accepted via email. Please note that based on the expected amount of submissions, not all oral presentations may be granted.

Presentations should be held for 15 min and be followed by 5 min of Q&A sessions. Due to the wide range of topics covered, please make sure to include a general introduction of your field in the beginning of your talk.

Posters should have an A0 size format (841 mm ⋅ 1189 mm) in portrait.

Further Information

As usual, the participation is free of charge.

Website created by Alexander Wieczorek

Organizing committee

Alexander Wieczorek
Surface Science and Coating Technologies

Anastasia Batenkova
Joining Technologies and Corrosion

Dardan Bajrami
Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles

Magda Plaga
Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles

Mohammad Alinezhadfar
Surface Science and Coating Technologies

Paula Montserrat Torres
Cement Chemistry and Thermodynamics

Serena Mingione
Cement Chemistry and Thermodynamics



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