Hybrid 2D materials offer many opportunities from quantum engineering to energy applications. But innovative research and solutions require openness and professional exchange across traditional subject boundaries. With the goal to foster collaboration, Prof. Thomas Weitz (LMU Munich) and Prof. Stephan Hofmann (University of Cambridge) had invited numerous scientists to join a special workshop in Munich. It took place on October 7-8, 2019 and was supported by both the Cambridge-LMU strategic partnership program as well as the cluster of excellence e-conversion.

In addition to the researchers from LMU and Cambridge University, the list of invited speakers covered scientists from the Technical University of Munich and the Bundeswehr University Munich. They all gave profound insight into their cutting-edge research ranging from synthesis, characterisation to future applications of emergent layered low dimensional material systems.

To encourage discourse especially among young researchers a shotgun session took place after the first set of talks. As teaser, every poster presented in the subsequent poster session was shown briefly by the young scientists to the participants to spark interest in a way an abstract could not. As a result, the atmosphere during the breaks and the evening social program was shaped by plenty of fruitful discussions among the participants.