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2021 MAP poster session and awards ceremony successfully held online (FAU)!

On 12 February, 2021, the annual Poster Session and Awards Ceremony of the Elite Masters Programme in Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP) took place. Due to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic this event, usually one of the social highlights of the MAP calendar, moved online for the very first time. Among the up to 100 participants we were pleased to welcome current and prospective MAP students, lecturers, researchers and administrative staff. We were also delighted to be joined by guests from the MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes (University of Bremen) and Dr. Andreas Hoff (Evonik Industries AG and MAP Advisory Board Member).

The MAP Poster Session is the culmination of a scientific skills course led in the Winter Semester by Prof. Robin Klupp Taylor and attended by the current third semester students. To enable a digital poster session which offers the same degree of personal interactions as a traditional, analogue session, Prof. Klupp Taylor developed a concept based on two complementary online platforms: MURAL and zoom. All the posters could be seen on the former, which is an interactive online whiteboard. Participants could easily navigate and read any of the posters and also leave questions or comments in the form of sticky notes. One definite advantage of a digital poster over an analogue one was exploited by several students – to include movies of simulations or microscopical investigations directly on the poster! The MURAL also acted as the gateway to the plenary zoom sessions, and, by clicking on the students’ photo next to each poster, participants could enter a zoom meeting with that student and discuss the poster there.

Check out this innovative way of organizing your online stream!