In the absence of a major international conference, the group tried something new this year: a one-week retreat in Italy. The idea was to focus on research strategy: to take stock of where various projects were heading, to set aside loads of time for creative thinking, and to plan out research for the coming years. We also ran a number of short workshops on various topics that are key to our research but which might not normally be covered in undergraduate courses. Throughout the week we kept to a reasonably strict regime: work started at 9am and finished at 8pm. Most of the photos below are from the post-8pm period, and also from our afternoon off in Siena.
Our first meal at the villa
When in Rome…
Fed and watered, the group prepares to embrace a week of hard work
Michael the inimitable host holds fort
Not a bad view…
Who said there’s such a thing as too much work?
Andrew C’s office…
ALG makes a new friend
Andrew sampling his own creation
Ines tries a new career
A typical morning briefing
Our home for the week
Andrew samples the local speciality
Sinalunga: the nearest village
Our climb to the top
worth it for the view
Our album cover?
For some reason Ines noticed the wind more than the rest of us did
Spot the tourists…
As crystallographers we felt a duty to take photos of the tilings
Dinner back in Sinalunga
ALG gets the look he deserves
Joe and Ines at dinner
The perfect way to end the afternoon off. Back to work in the morning!
(or not, as the case seems to be!)
Nick’s unique approach to using his laptop
Macs on the sofa
Joe content with a hard week’s work
ALG makes friends with the natives
Andrew and his dispersion curves