The Art of Living in The New Normal!

By Vaidehi Narsingh (imec, Belgium) Beginning your doctoral journey is an academic adventure, especially if you are moving to a new city. As, I was settling my life in this time zone, learning Dutch, finding accommodation, and the ‘culture shock’ in general, the...

Amir’s struggle

By Amir Hamedpour (Svarmi, Iceland) Hi, since this is my first blog post I want to introduce myself and talk about all of the things that happened to me during this one year. My name is Amir Hamedpour, I am from a beautiful city in Iran called Tabriz and currently, I...

Rethinking expectations and personal definitions

By Dennis Metze (University of Vienna) March 24, 2021. It’s another day working from home and the sun is shining through my window. My laptop is on my desk next to a few plants and a lot of sticky notes on the wall in the background. I have just created a word...

A year in retrospective

By Fabrizzio Protti (University of Innsbruck) While writing this, I realized that it has been exactly a year since I started my PhD journey. A year marked by new experiences, steep learning curves, and challenges. As all we know, 2020 was defined by the Covid...

First Trial

By Pavel Baykalov (Vienna Scientific, Austria) The year 2020 had started with a lot of enthusiastic promises and opportunities: travel to Iceland for the first Future Arctic meeting, secondment in Estonia, presential courses at BOKU, meeting new people, attending...

Additional Plot-twists are Welcome

by Leena Jaakola (University of Copenhagen, DMR A/S) Needless to say, much of 2020 came as a shock to everyone, but taking on this PhD steered my life in a direction I never saw coming. Anyone else with a severe case of imposter syndrome? No, just me…? My background...