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Far from Home: A travel for PhD

My life experiences have taught me one thing: always expect the unexpected. I am Anay Ajit Deshpande, pursuing my PhD in University of Padova, Italy. But this story is not about my time in Italy, it is about the moments leading up to it. Scene 1: Scrawny Little Child Born and raised slightly outside of…

My Ph.D. in Finland

My name is Parham and I want to share my journey in ITN WindMill project with you. I was born in Shiraz, a southwest city in Iran. I got my bachelor’s degree from Shiraz University in communications engineering. During this time we had some alumni occasionally visiting the university, and they shared their stories with…

Summer Schools

What is the purpose of a summer school? Some of the hallmarks of Marie Curie projects are mobility and networking between its partners. In normal times, this translates into periodic training events hosted in different countries, secondments and summer schools. It is the last item on the list that is the topic of this blog…

Industrial PhD

PhD or industry? One-million-dollar question: Going towards Academic field or Practical work? This is the most common question that will come to your mind after graduation. Each one of them has its advantages and disadvantages, so how should I pick one of them? I remember a piece of advice given to me by my professor during…

How COVID-19 affected my research career

Picking a topic for this blog article really was a struggle. I had so many different ideas – a typical day in Ph.D. life, the experiences of working in a multicultural and international environment, moving to a foreign country, living abroad, cultural diversity, … . But then I thought: why not talk about the world’s…

My PhD in a Research Institution

People often associate PhD life with an academic career. While you need a university to award you with a PhD title, it doesn’t mean that you strictly have to carry out your research inside the university. But choosing a PhD can be a gruesome task, because you never know if it’s going to be a…

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