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1st Conference Presentation at DSFD 2016 in Shenzhen, China

I recently attended the 25th International Conference on Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics in Shenzhen, China. Here I presented my work at a conference for the first time and was very nervous given the number of very knowledgable and well respected researchers in the field who were in attendance. I think the presentation went well and I was able to get over the nerves. Hopefully I'll be able to improve in the conferences to come!

Away from my own work, it was really interesting and exciting to see the other methods and applications that researchers are using lattice Boltzmann for and there's plenty of food for thought for future projects. The conference was excellently organised and I really enjoyed my time in Shenzhen. The conference banquet was hosted at the KK100 building, where the restaurant is on the 100th floor offering spectacular views of the city as well as fantastic food, and was one of the highlights of my time in China. I'm looking forward to returning to China sometime in the near future to see what else the country has to offer!

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Visit to Xi'an Jiaotong University...

I have just arrived in Xi'an to begin a month long visit with Professor Chen Gang's research group at Xi'an Jiaotong University along with one of my colleagues at the University of Manchester, Joseph O'Connor.  Whilst here we will be working closely with members of Professor Gang's group to couple our 3D lattice Boltzmann code to an FEM solver in order to model fluid structure interaction for a number of applications.

We have been warmly welcomed and are enjoying the food (it's far better than the British Chinese food that we are used to!).  Hopefully we will have time to visit many of the stunning places and buildings that Xi'an has to offer during our time here and may even pack in a quick visit to Beijing.

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Website Development has begun...

After attending a training course highlighting the importance of boosting your online presence as an aspiring academic, I realised that one important tool I was missing was a central homage/website that I could use as a hub to bring all my other profiles on various platforms together.

I'm using WordPress and slowly but surely getting to grips with the vast amount of features available.  I'm pleasantly surprised at how accessible creating a website is using the various plugins that have been developed.  The basic framework of the website is now in place and general themes chosen so now its just a case of generating some content!