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ITC Conference Grants

We are happy to announce that Fur4sustain awarded ITC conference grants to:

Associate Prof. Dr. Sandra Ilona Paszkiewicz

Prof. Paszkiewicz is currently employed at the Department of Materials Technologies at West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin (WUT). She got her BSc in Materials Science and MSc in Chemical Technology at WUT. In 2014 she obtained her PhD, and in 2019 finished her habilitation. She also completed several scientific internships at prestigious institutes, i.e. the Institute for the Structure of Matter in Madrid (2012), Polytechnic Institute of NYU (Brooklyn, NY) (2013), Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2014), University of Strasbourg (France) (2016). She was honored with Composites Science and Technology Outstanding Young Researcher Award in recognition of research excellence in composite materials and outstanding contributions to CSTE journal. In 2018 she received the Medal of the Societas Scientiarium Stetinensis. She also was a Manager in two and Principal Contributor in twelve research projects.  Currently, her research focuses on polymer nanocomposites containing carbon nanostructures, thin conductive polymer films, thermoplastic elastomers, phase separation, supramolecular structure of polymers, block copolymers, furan-based polyesters and copolyesters.

Online conference: 2021 The 11th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research, 21.-24.01.2021

Oral contribution: A comparison study on bio-copolyesters based on 1,6-hexanediol with esters of furanic and terephthalic acids

MSc. Beatriz Agostinho

Beatriz Agostinho is a PhD student of Chemical Engineering at the University of Aveiro where she works on the design of new polymers and their (bio)degradation study, working with bio-based polymers, particularly furan-based ones. She holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Coimbra and in 2019 moved to the University of Aveiro on a research fellowship. Since she started her work, Beatriz became a co-author of 1 paper in Frontiers in Chemistry entitled: ‘A perspective on PEF synthesis, properties and end-life’ and produced 1 poster communication in an International Scientific event. In 2020, she joined the COST Action FUR4Sustain and she has been part of a COST event organisation (Aveiro Gathering).

Online conference: Advanced Materials WebCongress, 19 – 20 January 2021

Poster contribution: Biobased poly(2,5-furandicarboxylate)s: the quest for (bio)degradable and/or recyclable materials

MSc. Agata Zubkiewicz

Agata Zubkiewicz is a PhD student in Material Science in the Department of Technical Physics at West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin (ZUT) and she belongs to the group of Prof. Szymczyk, who is also the supervisor of her doctoral dissertation. She got her BSc in Nanotechnology and MSc in Material Science at ZUT in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In her MA thesis, she worked on polymer nanocomposites. Her doctoral research centers on the synthesis and characterization of furan-based polyesters and copolymers.

Online conference: 2021 The 11th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research, 21.-24.01.2021

Oral contribution: Bio based poly(trimetylene 2,5-furanoate-co-trimethylene sebacate) copolymers: synthesis, mechanical properties and enzymatic degradation

MSc. Izabela Irska

Izabela Irska – PhD candidate. She graduated with MSc in 2013 from the Jagiellonian University (Faculty of Chemistry). Since 2019 she is a research assistant in the Department of Materials Technologies at West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin. She is the co-author of over 20 publications and one national patent application (ORCID: 0000-0002-5521-1847). She was involved in several research projects funded by National Science Center and National Centre for Research and Development as the main contractor or contractor. Her current research interests are related to block copolymers and thermoplastic elastomers, including furan-based copolyesters.

Online conference: 2021 The 11th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research, 21.-24.01.2021

Oral contribution: Copoly(amide-esters) based on dimethyl 2,5-furan dicarboxylate prepared by melt polycondensation

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ITC Conference Grants

The call for applications for inclusiveness target countries (ITC) conference grants is open from 12th of June – 12th of July 2020.

  • Costs for a virtual (online) conference are eligible due to traveling restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The conference should take place from October 2020 onwards but not later than the 31st of April 2021 (Grant Period 2).

Eligible persons can apply over the e-cost system:
If you do not have an account, please register. Instructions on how to apply including the general procedure for implementation can be found attached to this email and on the web page of the action They are also shortly summarized in this email.

Who is eligible?

Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students, PhD candidates, and early career investigators (ECI’s, an individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate full-time equivalent), with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC participating in the Action. ITC are only: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.

  • The applicant shall make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and shall be listed in the official event/conference programme.

What and how much can be funded?

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant.
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.- Documentary evidence of the conference fee amount shall be provided by the applicant. Multiple applications to several Actions by the same person to attend the same conference is forbidden.

What are the duties of the grantee?

The Grantee has to submit a certificate of attendance including a short video/picture for dissemination purposes at the COST social media pages. Payment of the Grant is subject to the submitted certificate of attendance / report being approved by the ITC Conference Grant Manager.

How to acknowledge COST?

Any COST Action communication tool (e.g. publications, PowerPoints, etc.) shall integrate a reference to the COST programme and acknowledge the support of EU funding, as indicated in the COST brand book (pages 73-76): All outputs generated by a COST Action resulting from the Action’s scientific and networking activities shall display the correct COST logo and its placement according to the visual identity guidelines as presented in the COST Brand Book (link to website page In addition, there shall be the EU emblem with accompanying sentence.

CA18220 is looking forward to your application over e-cost.

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