following the HERALD.ECI network kick-off : June 14, 2017 in Linköping, Sweden,
and the 1st HERALD.ECI Workshop on Career Development : August 28-29, 2017 in Ghent, Belgium

Warm Welcome to the

2nd HERALD.ECI Workshop
with hands-on training for “bonding HERALD.ECIs from ideas to proposals”


March 01-02, 2018


ICMAB (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona)
Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain

Organizing Committee

The 2nd HERALD.ECI Workshop is organized by:

  • Mariona Coll & Jaume Gazquez, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona;
  • Maximilian Gebhard, Ruhr-University Bochum; and
  • Marcel Junige, Technische Universität Dresden.


The main objective of this 2nd HERALD.ECI Workshop with hands-on training is to

create an ignition point for competitive proposals resulting in joint, EU-funded research projects
under ECI
(early career investigator) participation or leadership.

We want the trainees to

  • gain advanced ‘theoretical’ knowledge input on how to write competitive proposals & manage EU-funded projects from an EU funding expert & Horizon 2020 coach through an impulse talk plus interactive proposal clinics.
  • find excellent, perfectly matching collaboration/ project partners during a welcome mixer.
  • exchange experiences with an excellent (female) ALD expert and with an industry partner.
  • transfer the newly gained knowledge into advanced ‘practical’ skills by
    developing joint proposal ideas,
    transitioning specific ideas into concrete proposal drafts, and
    starting to write together in smaller, matched collaboration/ project groups.
  • go home with a raw outline and concrete idea description, i. e. the first step of an actual proposal.


The complete Agenda is published in the following:

Agenda as of 2018/02/19

Agenda as of 2018/02/19 (click on the image to download the Agenda as pdf)

Speaker short information:

  • Nikolaos Floratos, Founder of the Funding Expert Academy, is an EU funding expert and Horizon 2020 consultant, coach and trainer with more than 19 years of experience in the area, including financial management and auditing, proposal development, project management, dissemination & exploitation of EU-funded projects.
  • Dr. Anjana Devi is working at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Hailing from India, where she did her schooling, undergraduate and doctoral studies, she moved to Germany as a postdoctoral fellow supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She subsequently took up an academic career and is active in the materials chemistry research field with a focus on precursors and processes for atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition of functional materials.
  • Picosun is a leading supplier of high-quality ALD thin film coating technology for semiconductor and other industries.


We are sorry but registration for this event is closed.

full registration as HERALD.ECI network member for all sessions

Full registration provides access to all workshop sessions, including catering for 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
It is intended for HERALD.ECI network members only.
The number of full HERALD.ECI participants is limited to 25.

guest registration for open sessions only

Guest registration provides access to the open sessions only, including mutual coffee breaks.
It is open for everyone associated with ALD research, HERALD, or ICMAB, etc.
The number of guest participants is limited to 40.


We suggest accommodation for attendees at the VILA UNIVERSITARIA.
A contingent of 15 rooms is reserved until December 30, 2017.
To book your room there, please use the following .pdf form.

COST Travel Grants

COST Travel Grants will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis to 10 trainees from ITCs (inclusiveness target countries);
i. e. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.

Dinner sponsor

The Workshop Dinner is co-sponsored by Picosun.

HERALD (Hooking together European Research in Atomic Layer Deposition)

COST Action MP1402 – HERALD aims to structure and integrate European research activity in ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition), bringing together existing groups, promoting young scientists and reaching out to industry and the public.
If you want to join HERALD, please sign up here.

ECI (early career investigator)

Within HERALD, the ECI network aims to promote the next generation of young ALD scientists and help to establish themselves as research leaders in the ALD community.
If you want to become a member of the HERALD.ECI network, please contact the ECI committee at and join our HERALD.ECI group on LinkedIn. Broadening out the COST definition of ECI, we welcome investigators from within a year of submitting their PhD dissertation to PhD +10 years.

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This HERALD.ECI Workshop is supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

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COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.