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Testimonials: HIGRADE-funded Activities

 4th IAHR-WMO-IAHS Training Course on Stream Gauging, Lyon (F)

Hanna Hennig

What was the most interesting thing you experienced during the trip about science?

Retrieving data from field experiments is as hard or even harder as to analyze them in the office. From the talks I had, I learnt that all of the field scientists feel that their work is not appreciated.

What was most valuable about the trip for your personal life?

I could refresh my French skills, which I learnt is not buried as deep as I thought.

Injection of a Fluorescence Tracer to Measure Flow Velocity. Photo: Hanna Hennig, UFZ. Injection of a Fluorescence Tracer to Measure Flow Velocity

MSc and PhD course Plant Protection Biology 2018 (Alnarp, Sweden)

Hieu Linh Duong

What was the most interesting thing you learned during the trip about science?

I think the most interesting thing is that the course covered most of issues regarding agricultural science in general and plant protection in particular. The course also gave me a good opportunity to go for an excursion and site visit to an apple farm and a company selling seeds. In addition, it was great because students from different subject areas could participate in the course and broaden the scope of his/her knowledge in science. Solnäs Apple Farm. Photo: Hieu Linh Duong, UFZ.

What was most valuable about the trip for your personal life?

It was a nice experience when other students and me joined together for cooking, eating and going around Malmö city.

4th Summer School on “Flow and Transport in Porous and Fractured Media”, Cargese (F)

Boyan Meng

Photo: Boyan Meng, UFZ

What was the most surprising thing you learned about the country/region?
The Institute of Scientific Studies at Cargese was initially established as a hideaway for research on theoretical physics (since it is remote enough from Paris).

Would you recommend this event to other PhDs?
I would definitely recommend this summer school to PhD students with a background and interest in flow and transport in porous media. It is a unique opportunity to meet and talk to so many renowned scientists in this field. If you take an active attitude and want to learn more, you will never be disappointed.

 GMP - Good Manufacturing Practice Course, Halle (D)

Johannes Lambrecht

GMP Kurs Logo

What was the most interesting thing you learned during the trip about science?
I was able to get a very hands-on insight into the fascinating real world of large scale biotechnological and pharmaceutical production. It was interesting to get a glimpse of the extra mile you have to take with every little detail when a small mistake could potentially harm life and well being of patients.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about the region?
You would think that Halle should be well known due the close proximity. But on my daily commute by bike from the station I discovered a lot of nice places, like the Dölauer Heide, I visited afterwards or am going to visit in the future. One of my best discoveries:“Fischer’s Heide Imbiss” does a dam good “Wurstgoulash” that you should definitely try the next time you are at the UFZ Halle which is also situated on the Weinbergcampus where the course was held.

What was most valuable about the trip for your personal life?
The numerous contacts and personal conversations with potential employers were a very helpful guide in the ever present struggle of academia vs. industry. They might turn out to be helpful for future job searches.

Course: Identification of Terrestrial and Freshwater Nematodes for Ecologists / Environmentalists, Wageningen (NL) 

Peter Dietrich

Predatory nematode Prionchulus spec. (microscope 40x magnification). Photo: Peter Dietrich (iDiv/UFZ)

In June 2018, I attended a two-week course focusing on identification of free-living nematodes organized by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and the Wageningen University and Research centre.

Our small and international course group gained various experiences and insight into identification as well as the right soil sampling, functional groups and indices, food webs and community analysis.

Thus, the course not only increased our knowledge of nematology, but also how to use community information to assess the state of soil, pollution, nutrient enrichment and plant diversity changes.

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) / Photo: Peter Dietrich (iDiv/UFZ)

The course was extremely well organized, very professional and understandable for everyone. I recommend the course to all PhDs interested in soil and plant ecology.

Course: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung (Institut für Qualitative Forschung, Berlin)

Julian Richard Massenberg

I was able to learn a lot about the diversity of methods and which ones I may use for my PhD project in addition to quantitative methods.
The course widened my scientific scope and motivated me to further improve my knowledge about qualitative methods. In addition it was nice to discuss the topic and my PhD project in a quite diverse group which is always a bit challenging but sometimes delivers new insights due to the completely new perspective on the topic.
I would definitely recommend the course for anyone interested in qualitative methods.

Advanced Lecture Course on Systems Biology, Innsbruck (A)

Fabian Bonk

Innsbruck, Austria. Photo: Fabian Bonk, UFZ

What was the most interesting thing you learned during the trip about science?
The most interesting thing for me was to learn the modeling tool for biological systems COPASI in a workshop by very competent and motivated lecturers.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about the country/region?
As a social event, we went to the ski jump arena and talked with ski jumpers about their sport which was pretty interesting.

What was most valuable about the trip for your personal life?
It was a great motivation to think about staying in science because of the high scientific quality and interesting topics of the presentations and workshops as well as the excitement of both participants and lecturers.

Other Events & Activities Funded by HIGRADE

Field trips/ Courses 2017/18

  • Paperwriting Workshop with Dr. Matthias Koschorreck, February 2018
  • Trip to Federal Environment Agency (UBA), September 2018
  • Field trip "Mapping Ecosystem Services", September 2018
  • HIGRADE/WIMEK course: Stable Isotope Applications in Microbiology and Environmental Studies, Wageningen, December 2017

Paperwriting Workshop in the Harz mountains. / Photo: Matthias Koschorreck, UFZ
Paperwriting Workshop 2018 in the Harz mountains. / Photo: Matthias Koschorreck, UFZ

Individual trips 2016-...

  • 4th Summer School Biotransformations 2017, Hannover (D)
  • Course "The FEM for Deforming Porous Media", Dublin (IRL)
  • iDiv Summer School 2017 – Synthesising and modelling biodiversity data (D)
  • Summer School 2017 "Sense making of GPS Data in a GIS Environment", Utrecht (NL)
  • Course "CFF with OpenFOAM", Stuttgart (D)
  • Summer School: Dynamic Modeling of Toxic Effects", Holbaek (DK)
  • Course "Age and Anatomical Structure of Plants", Kloster Dorf (CH)
  • Summer School "Spatio-Temporal Data Analyses Using Free Software", Matera (IT)
  • Summer School "Advanced Course on Metabolomics for Microbial Systems Biology", Delft (NL)
  • Course "Dynamic Modeling of Toxic Effects", Copenhagen (DK)
  • Sommerschule "Qualitätssicherung in der Analytischen Chemie", Berlin (D)
  • "Phytoplankton pigment analysis course", Horsholm (DK)
  • Fortran Workshop HLRS, Stuttgart (D)
  • ...