ICG Summer School program growing

  Science & technology

The first ICG Montpellier Summer School took place in 2009 as an outcome of the EFONGA project sponsored by the European Community. The 8th School was held in July this year, and the numbers attending remain strong.

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ICG Summer School program growing
Of course the event itself is evolving. Formal lectures were initially 100% of the teaching but now they constitute less than 50%, perhaps just over half if the first afternoon is included. The first afternoon is when students talk for 5 minutes about their own research aspirations. It serves as an ice breaker, a chance to practice speaking to a large audience and the class as a whole is made aware of the enormous breadth of the subject. The remainder of the school is mostly project work, researched on site, and tutorials. The project is an open-ended group exercise and is reported formally at the end of the week; each of the seven groups makes a presentation in whatever format they decide is appropriate. Tutorial sessions under the pine trees are now fully integrated into the program. 
Six of the lecturers arranged discussions with small groups, some more or less structured and others simply based on student questions arising from the lecture content. Networking is strongly encouraged and occurs during coffee breaks, over lunch, during an opening welcome party and closing banquet, and finally, not least, on the beach during a brief interlude in the hectic program. As always the participants created their own Facebook account to allow longer term interactions post-school. 
This year there were 36 participants, 28 of whom signed up for a Glass Science stream and 8 for Glass Technology. Three of these students on the day adopted a mix-and-match approach. Several countries were...
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