STORM-BOTS 3rd symposium 5-8 September 2023,
Tampere University

The third STORM-BOTS symposium, organised by TAU and taking place from 5 to 8 September 2023 in Tampere, Finland, is part of the project’s ambitious network-wide training programme.

As in previous training events, the symposium agenda is structured in different parts

Day 1 (05.09) is dedicated to internal sessions in which the STORM-BOTS ESRs will present the current state of their projects to the other network’s teams (restricted session).

Day 2 (06.09) will be entirely dedicated to training activities of soft and transversal skills, opened to the ESRs and external participants. See the programmed workshops below. 

Tampere University, Sähkötalo (Korkeakoulunkatu 3, 33720 Tampere)

Days 3 and 4 (07&08.09) are dedicated to lectures by renowned invited speakers and members of the STORM-BOTS consortium, who will offer lectures and courses covering topics related to different aspects of polymeric materials, the manufacturing of responsive materials, soft robotics or liquid crystal elastomers. Come and join us for these two days full of science!

Paidia, Nokia Arena (Kansikatu 3, 33100 Tampere)


DAY 2 – 3rd STORM-BOTS symposium – TAU

06.09.2023 (Wed) 9:30-18:30 (UTC+3)

Tampere University, Sähkötalo

Korkeakoulunkatu 3, 33720 Tampere


09:30 – 11:00  Crafting meaningful research-based careers – workshop

                      Elina Henttonen (Valtaamo oy, FI)

11:00 – 12:00  Vitae statistics – how to craft the ultimate CV        

                      Rebecca Boden (University of Sussex, UK)

13:30 – 14:15  Intellectual Property and Commercialisation – Researcher’s Perspective        

                      Jan Kolkkinen (Tampere University, FI)

14:15 – 15:00  What is ChatGPT and how to survive in the world with it?        

                      Jyrki Nummenmaa (Tampere University, FI)         

15:30 – 18:30  Workshop on Digital Holographic Microscopy  

                      Yves Emery (Lyncée Tec, CH)


DAY 3 – 3rd STORM-BOTS symposium – TAU

07.09.2023 (Thu) 9:45-18:30 (UTC+3)

Paidia, Nokia Arena

Kansikatu 3, 33100, Tampere


09:45 – 10:00  Opening

                      Arri Priimägi and Carlos Sánchez-Somolinos

10:00 – 11:00  Photopolymerization, photocrosslinking and polymerization-induced diffusion           

                      Dirk Broer (Technical University of Eindhoven, NL)

11:00 – 12:00  Designing hydrogels with interpenetrating networks: from bright whiteness to feedback-controlled soft systems      

                      Hang Zhang (Aalto University, FI)

13:30 – 14:30  Materials for Microrobotics       

                      Salvador Pane (ETH Zurich, CH)  

14:30 – 15:30  Light responsive elastomers to oscillate and to fly       

                      Hao Zeng (Tampere University, FI)

16:00 – 17:00  Fabrication of pneumatic actuators and sensors for soft robots

                      Veikko Sariola (Tampere University, FI)

17:00 – 18:30  STORM-BOTS Poster session



DAY 4 – 3rd STORM-BOTS symposium – TAU

08.09.2023 (Fri) 9:30-15:30 (UTC+3)

Paidia, Nokia Arena

Kansikatu 3, 33100, Tampere


10:00 – 11:00  New Generations of Polymers with Multi-Stimuli Responsiveness

                      Marek Urban (Clemson University, US)

11:00 – 12:00  Off-axis digital holography microscopy (DHM): from first publications to industrial Metrology applications   

                      Yves Emery (Lyncée Tec, CH)

13:30 – 14:30  3D Sculpturing of Polymerizable Liquid Crystals          

                      Stephen Morris (University of Oxford, UK)

14:30 – 15:30  Spinning liquid crystal elastomer tubes and fibers with arbitrary length          

                      Jan Lagerwall (University of Luxembourg, LU)