As part of my PhD candidature at CDU (Design of Organic Solar Cells for Optimal Performance), I attended a training course at Colorado University in Colorado, USA from 15th July till 11th August, this year. The Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School, sponsored by the International Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, brought together young scientists from all around the globe. The students were normally PhD or post-docs, specialized in photo-voltaics, materials science, optics, photonics, biophysics and nano-science.
Monishka Narayan (center) with Vida Turkovic from Germany and Teresa Ripolles from Spain
I-CAMP was a very beneficial and interactive program and it prepared young scientists for research at the frontier of science and technology. I was the only student from Australia who received a fellowship to attend the prestigious training course and it was very special representing Charles Darwin University at the summer school. The program provided an interdisciplinary expert training, not easily available within the traditional system of graduate education and postgraduate apprenticeship and it featured invited lectures, career development program and international outreach forums . The pioneers of organic photo-voltaic from various universities around the world gave presentations and highlighted new and emerging science and technology in the fields of photo-voltaics and other solar energy technologies. Furthermore, the program integrated discussions on science and technology with issues of deployment and implementation of renewable energy in society.
We performed collaborative project designs and visited the world famous National Renewable Energy Center which is the primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Overall, I-CAMP greatly enhanced my knowledge on organic photo-voltaics and has prepared me to perform research more effectively. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Centre for Renewable Energy, the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods and the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment for supporting me to attend such a prestigious program.