In a long-awaited return of the FBMC Christmas Party, the current MC members cooked a tasty assortment of dishes with some support from the “little helpers,” the bachelor students and interns. Afterwards, we all had dinner together with the invited alumni and spent the evening in a cozy atmosphere. To finish the ceremony, another legendary speech by our head of research unit Simone Knaus was followed by a “Schrottwichteln” (Secret Santa) gift exchange.
The final hot summer days were celecrated with a large barbecue on the balcony at TU Wien. Together the salads were prepared and the meat was marinated, which our two chefs grilled to perfection. The evening was enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere.
In September, the whole IAS institute made a trip to Marchegg to intensify the contact between all the synthetic chemistry research groups. After a guided tour in the Landesaustellung and a lunch break, we could choose between a climbing course and archery parkour. The evening was concluded with drinks and food at a Heuriger.
In the heat of the summer, refreshments should not be missing. Therefore, the FBMC hiked through rural Burgenland to taste the typical wines. After a wine tasting, they went comfortably from vintner to vintner with tastings of local products like a Brettljausn.
In July 2022, the members of FBMC went on a retreat and teambuilding seminar in the gorgeous mountains of Salzburg. Activities like hiking, a cave tour, rafting and festive barbecues made for a nice break from Vienna’s summer heat. Fruitful scientific discussions in a casual setting helped freshen up the motivation to return to the lab with new ideas.
After a long break of in-person conferences, the EPF22 finally took place again. Here the PhD students of the FBMC were allowed to present their research work in the form of presentations and posters, which were celebrated at the gala dinner. At the end of the conference, prizes were handed over and we are proud to announce that our colleague Florian Mayer won the first prize for his poster.
The successful conference was celebrated with an extended stay over the weekend. For this purpose, the whole working group traveled to Prague.
On June 24th, members of the faculty gathered for a friendly match of football. The brave team (back row: Julian, Florian M, Florian P, Markus, Philip. Front row: Jo, Klaus, Antonella and Viola) secured the 7th place.
Unfortunately, some sick and injured losses forced the remaining FBMC team members to focus not only on performing best on the field, but on winning the most important discipline of the day: the Spritzerwertung. Congratulations!
On 24.4.2022 the Vienna City Marathon took place. Antonella (Monomer), Markus (Dimer), Michael (Oligomer) and Forian (Polymer) participated as representatives of the FBMC. They mastered the distance of 42.2 km in a time of 4:00:42 and reached 672nd place in the relay race. Congratulations!