My PhD supervisor, Han Vos, marked his retirement from Dublin City University this week with a symposium at Smart Surfaces 2012, a conference on solar energy devices and sensors. During my PhD I did some experimental and computational work related to dye-sensitised solar cells, and it was great to finally get to see Michael Grätzel in person talking about new developments in the field (which he originated).
Han was a great supervisor, and as a wet-behind-the-ears postgrad I think I learnt a lot from him. Something that I'd like to pass on to any postgrads reading this is to avoid at all costs co-authoring a review with a distinguished professor unless you have an impressive biography. Consider mine from back in 2005 (click for a bigger image) ...
(1) W. R. Browne, N. M. O'Boyle, J. J. McGarvey and J. G. Vos. Elucidating excited state electronic structure and intercomponent interactions in multicomponent and supramolecular systems Chem. Soc. Rev. 2005, 34, 641-663. Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry.
(2) "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham. www.phdcomics.com. Reproduced with permission.