This is one of my tasks of the moment, writing a research proposal that I will give back to my doctoral school after the 6 first months of the PhD (January!). This document is very likely to be used as a grant proposal to find money to pay for the numerous costs involved by research: the salary but also the fieldwork equipment-travels-accommodation, travel costs to conferences and sometimes fees to publish scientific papers. Here is an useful link for tips about how to write a research proposal.
Tonight, I went to the introduction course at the Uni of Konstanz called VISUAL IMPACT: The use and abuse of visual information in science and beyond, realised by a researcher passionate about insects: Barrett Klein. In one sentence, the aim of this course is to "Create publishable scientific illustrations, produce excellent visual presentations, and become a better visual communicator". Very nice program that I will have the opportunity to follow during evening classes at the Uni but also as workshops organised by my doctoral school. Looking forward to be back to you with some of my work :) !
Staying in Konstanz for one week, here is a selection of photos from the town !
Last week, I followed with a bunch of students of my doctoral school IMPRS for Organismal Biology the course Coping with the challenges of a PhD organised by Tress and Tress. Many tips have been issued. A key to a successful thesis would be good planning, over the three years of such a project! I worked on it during the past few days, a real puzzle in light of the many research activities: reading publications, doing fieldwork, analysing data, writing papers, preparing talks and so on!
Actually, I am focusing on my PhD proposal which should be completed and validated by early next year.
Thursday 13th of October was the enrollment ceremony of the second generation of IMPRS students! Photos are available on the Pictures page :).
Sunday 2th October, my doctoral school met at Munich for the Oktoberfest, the largest carnival in the world! The next day was a holiday, we took the opportunity to discover the Gorges Partnach and the adjacent ski jumping station. The three following days were dedicated to the discovery of the research teams of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen. Photos are available at this adress !
Small life notes about a PhD student abroad, for family, friends and curious people !