Professor of Chemistry and conference chair May Nyman and her team of graduate students organized and hosted the 6th International Frontiers in Metal Oxide Cluster Science Meeting (FMOCS-VI) on August 19-22, 2019. Two years in the making, the conference attracted 84 attendees from around the world to OSU’s Corvallis campus, including 55 established science researchers and 25 top young researchers from Asia, Australia, Europe and Israel, in addition to the United States.
The conference featured 53 presentations and a poster session with best poster awards gong to Heather Anne Damian from the University of Nottingham, UK; Danielle Hutchison from OSU, and Mireia Segado-Cantellas from ICIQ Tarragona, Spain.
Now a biennial meeting, FMOCS began in Israel in 2010, followed by a meeting Spain in 2012, France in 2014, England in 2016, China in 2017, and Corvallis, Oregon, in 2019. During the 2017 meeting in China, the international organizing committee nominated Nyman to organize the FMOCS VI.
“It was a fantastic professional development opportunity for my students and other OSU students involved in this research. We broke into teams and accomplished tasks ranging from designing the website and SWAG, soliciting and collecting abstracts, special events planning, working with the university on food, lodging and event space and raising funds,” said Nyman. “Moreover, the students met collaborators, forged new collaborations, and met potential future employers. At least one student walked away from the event with a job offer.”
“Moreover, the students met collaborators, forged new collaborations, and met potential future employers. At least one student walked away from the event with a job offer.”
Conference participants took a field trip to the experience the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon. Attendees enjoyed some of Oregon’s finest wines at a conference dinner held at Tyee Winery in Corvallis.