Catalyst for Collaboration
In 2013, 4-VA awarded Dr. Klebert Feitosa a grant to collaborate with GMU, UVA, VT and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for Bringing together a community of soft matter researchers in Virginia. When Dr. Feitosa introduced the first Virginia Soft Matter Workshop as a result of the grant, it drew about 50 people from six different institutions across the commonwealth “to present their work, hear leaders in the field, exchange ideas and foster collaboration.”
With these newfound partnerships, the workshop took on a life of its own toward the advancement of soft matter research. VT hosted the second workshop, UVA hosted the third, and then it spread beyond 4-VA to be hosted by VCU in its fourth year in 2016 with 95 people in attendance from 10 institutions across Virginia.