The importance of attending subject-specific workshops or conferences

I have already mentioned the importance of national and international symposiums and seminars that bring people from a different background that share similar objectives and challenges in solving the common problems.

Importance of Workshops, Symposiums and networking events in Graduate Student Life?

Let us focus on the importance of subject-specific or small scale workshops which brings in a number of people working on a rising or new subject in an interdisciplinary approach.  At the beginning of something new, it always starts with a small scale workshop which a student can only identify if he is consistent and up to date in terms of information and activities happening both online and offline about the subject area.

Attending small workshops or subject-oriented programs defines your maturity level to understand the subject in detail. This is one of the major shift that can happen in your student life either academic or non-academic. I always bring a small note about the Internet which has created a huge change in every single individual life either in the commerce sector, fitness sector and it is already bringing a big change in the student or independent academic researcher life.

Through small scale workshops, a lot of conversations and ideas can happen around the meetings. The primary aim of the small workshops or subject-oriented workshop is to derive the maximum benefit from the debate and discussions on the subject to find the directed solutions and new insights. The workshop theme usually solves the same problem in different geographical communities.

My supervisor in Spain was quite an active and smooth operative person who helped me out in all the paperwork while I was completing my administrative work in Portugal to get the work permit of Spain. In the meantime, she also created a space for me in an International Workshop in Croatia even before I got officially enrolled in the program. This workshop was the part of the massive program related to European rivers and water-related issues which helped me a lot to prepare myself mentally.

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I arrived in Croatia in the month of November, and it was freezing out there. I had the brief idea about workshop theme and I was incredibly happy and overwhelmed because of the countries and new experiences.

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Most of us are aware that we are living in a world of supercomputers and artificial intelligence, but I was not conscious about it until I attended the workshop about metabarcoding and diatoms. It was the moment I realized that artificial intelligence and computers are indeed hitting all the subjects equally. Moreover, this workshop introduced me to questions like the use of algorithms and machine learning to study biological data and biodiversity of microbes. Supercomputers, biological barcodes, and algorithms are the biggest biological shift we will ever live in the society. It has become practical and efficient to change the fundamentals of everything in the ecosystem. The combined technology of barcoding and supercomputers can tag every single microbe and living life on the planet earth. But for the moment, this program was focused on just DIATOMS and RIVER ECOLOGY.

Many researchers and Ph.D. students came across all Europe who were presenting their progress in the use of powerful computers and algorithms to treat biological data. It was not new, but the speed of growth in this field was astonishing because of fast development in computer processing power.   It is not so simple, but various researchers have identified the problems and the plausible computerized solutions which are way cheaper and faster than traditional methods to study the ecology of rivers.

It is not that these computers will replace all the bioscience research but can speed up the specific process such as classification of species or genes using defined algorithms.

Now here is when I learned a valuable lesson, I noticed that there were nearly 10 Ph.D. students are trying to mimic the use of a microscope. Further, when I explored this subject genuinely made me realized it could make the freelance Research possible with an economic upside for Ph.D. researchers especially that who enjoy algorithms and tech-based work. It will be beneficial to the biology students to learn or expose themselves to algorithms and a coding language.

In the workshop, there were people from the laboratory in France where I had to visit for the training and understand the new technologies that they have been implementing in studying the ecology of rivers. So, my supervisor introduced me to all of them.

Within the span of 2 days of this workshop, there was a macro change in my perspective and strategy towards science and life. Taking a step, attending a small scale workshop can load with information which indeed takes some time to out the knowledge in use in real time will be a serious help. I think the small scale workshops have the power to fill up the missing information and understand the evolution of the subject from others perspective as well. And, I have never been so grateful after meeting incredible researchers and students around the world.

Workshops are the best annual meetings designed to facilitate the interaction between supervisors and students to enable future collaborations between different groups in the same sector. It will give the strong foundation that has huge upside at all levels.

 

 

My in-depth analysis of Student Emotional Intelligence

A few days back, I realized something important when a 20-year-old asked me, why are you not stressed? It was that instant that made me write more about student life and emotional intelligence. The ongoing journey of my student and travel life has pumped me to make a mission of helping as many as students and raise them above from a stressful life.

Everyone around the student usually talks about IQ which constitutes majorly about there intelligence and intellectual ability which is fine but in this competitive spirit of developing there IQ, most of our student and a young population have messed up their emotional intelligence.  When a student spends his precious 4-5 years in an educational institute in learning and managing things, it is supposed or expected for a student to have a strong emotional intelligence along with intellectual ability. But the system has completely failed in helping students in developing their Emotional intelligence. There is no doubt about it, as seen by the facts related to student mental health problems.

More education should be directly proportional to more calm mindset and controlled emotional state. 

The primary thing that a student can do while running their university life is to maximize there impact in developing emotional intelligence and learning to enjoy the process. Enjoying the process is a kind of trait that comes with increased self-awareness.

Student life consumes the maximum days of your life as you spend almost 20 years until you are graduated, so you need double down the work on the traits and tools that will increase your emotional strength. I have been working on it for a significant period of time especially when I started working and studying in new countries which made me realize more about my emotional stability which usually decides your overall output in both professional and personal life. I am spending enough hours on understanding the patterns of my emotions and how it impacts my work output. We know that there is a lack of tools in the system as there is no standard method which defines the strategy to help students strengthing the fundamentals of emotional stability instead the system is shaking and cracking up their emotional stability

The way the world is transforming with fast communication, fast transportation, fast information, fast processing, we should make Emotional intelligence (EI) the topmost priority for all the students. Looking at the statistical figures of student mental health crisis pumps me more to dig up deep and test different tools on myself to understand this aspect of life which we “Including all the stakeholders” involved directly or indirectly with students have neglected for years. I think it is high time to define the baseline of emotional intelligence for the students, develop proper and significant tools to understand and improvise their EI. I truly believe that students with strong EI will bring harmony and balance in the ongoing disrupted student university life.

However, at the moment, nobody is giving importance to EI as it is not achievable with visual tools like the gym. And most of the students are hiding their emotions in the competitive spirit which is making it more worse for there overall life. It is hard to discuss, debate or teach the Emotional intelligence as most of the information is dispersed and is not available in the single library like the information is available on subjects like physics, chemistry or social science.

Working on EI will allow students to set the fundamental base of their life in the early years before heading to professional life. For ex: I have met so many people who are successful and making good money in professional life but have completely messed up their emotional health due to lack of awareness about Emotional Intelligence. Forex: Being a student, my EI  allowed me to give back to the new freshers in undergraduate and master school in the University where most students are competing with each other just to be on the top of the class. Talking to new students and helping them out will build up your EI in multiple ways. EI is a whole new subject which can be understood as an individual by trying different strategies and testing them in new situations where your EI is at stake.

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Making your EI as the biggest strength will help a student in living a “HAPPY SUCCESSFUL LIFE”.

GRADES ARE TEMPORARY, SOME NUMBERS ON A PIECE OF PAPER BUT EI IS THE BASE OF STUDENT EMOTIONAL HEALTH. IT IS TIME FOR STUDENTS, UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES JOIN FORCES TO WORK ON BUILDING TOOLS FOR STUDENT EMOTIONAL HEALTH.

Consistent working on EI of a student will break down the negative trend of thoughts and decisions and will help him/her upregulate the self-esteem and self-confidence. It can help the student understand the real meaning of education. The student will become a great executor of both life and any skills that he/she will learn.

Skills are always changing with the advancement in technology but EI is constant.

EI will help the student to ease down at the troublesome period while understanding the importance of a long game. Students will strong EI will provide there support to the students in need rather than competing with them.

However, I recognize the utmost need for a student to work on there EI, is to increase the overall input in improvising the existing strengths. The best way is to become self-aware which will come with testing and trying new things. Emotional intelligence has to go in parallel with your intellectual ability to solve desk or professional tasks. The takeaway from the article is to practice the idea of testing and trying different things to become more self-aware which will enhance your emotional intelligence.

Some tips that I used to work on my Emotional Strengths

  • Don`t get too caught up or stressed up because of exams and assignments. We already know that we get limited energy in a day, Let’s say, you have 100 units/day which should be appropriately distributed to get sufficient marks and other independent projects that you want to create. Build up your skill sets especially that deals with communication and human relations. Being stuck in the cycle of assignments and exams is not an intelligent strategy in today’s world. It is neither gonna build your professional skills nor EI.
  • When you face a problem or set back, don’t drop all your projects or ideas. Let that pressure build up, but be aware of it and try to meet it on the same day. Some things that you are doing in your University time should be entirely for joy and happiness which could be designing a unique fitness flow, writing or art, and craft. So, the only advice is to take it easy and enjoy the process of working while you are overflowing with confusing emotions.
  • Most of the students at the University have COMMON habits or routines. Therefore, getting into the trap of ordinary routine is an evil plan that usually destroys your unique and weird ideas. BREAK IT, COME OUT OF IT.
  • Pay proper attention to your supervisors and team members. The power of attentive listening is enormous. I understood the importance of listening while working as an Undergraduate researcher or intern which gave me the essential tips and information. We are living in the age of information. Clear information only comes if you are an attentive listener. A good relationship with a senior student will provide you material and further teach you with the skills that you might need.
  • Build your social circle and relationships wisely- Good relationships and good friends will help you in the troublesome period. They are the major components of your personal and professional life.
  • It is important to ask yourself the difference between 70% and 80% marks. How much time are you investing to increase your grades? And How much time are you investing in building your EI?
  • All students cannot be equal in one thing. Everyone cannot become a topper or crack competitive exams. There is a tremendous difference between you all who have significant abilities to uplift your life unimaginably. It will only happen if you learn to enjoy the process and enhance your EI.
  • Spread your learnings and knowledge with new students in University- This will increase your network and collaboration with other students.

 

 

Fully Funded Masters in Material Engineering

Energy, health, environment and human security is becoming a major concern for every living being in the planet.  The master program in Functional Materials and Engineering mission is to tackle these issues at every stakeholder level in an interdisciplinary approach. It is important to have students with leaderships and creative thinking mindset which is of utmost importance to solve the world most troublesome issues in energy and environment domain.

The course structure will cover the topics in the area of micro and nano technologies, material sciences, functional ceramics,  nano materials and hybrids etc. The program is jointly run by 8 European Universities – Grenoble INP, TU Darmstadt, U. Augsburg, U. Aveiro,  U. Bordeaux, U. Liège, U. Louvain. 

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It will support 11-12 students from around the world with full funding that will cover there tuition fees, living and relocation depending on there present location. The deadline to apply for this program is Mid of January,2019.

For further details- Check the following link

http://www.fame-master.eu/

Fully Funded PhD Vacancy- Hector Fellow Academy

Hector Fellow Academy is the organisation that brings young talent from all around the world.  It has strong interdisciplinary network working in the area of natural and engineering sciences. They also fund PhD students who have explore there own ideas.

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The scholarship is quite competitive and require intensive efforts from the applicant to prepare the whole application package.  In addition to monthly salary, this position also provided a yearly funding 9500 euros for research expenses.

The important requirement is to have a detailed research proposal along with abstract and time required to complete the project. Furthermore, it requires the acceptance of one of the supervisor who is working in the similar theme. The other requirements are quite similar to other PhD positions that includes – letter of motivation, CV, master thesis, diplomas and other relevant documentations that can support your application.

The application period for next intake starts on 15th January,2019 and ends on 30th March,2019.

Check out the link for further details on application-

https://www.hector-fellow-academy.de/en/application-researchidea.html

Fully Funded Masters on Circular Economy

Circular economy is the new rising interdisciplinary subject to find solutions of the social and economical problems by studying nature, society and technical aspects together. This will teach student to identify the problems that can arise due to excessive use of any technical, environment or other resources.

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Program main objective is to train students to become the leaders for changing the society into more sustainable society. This Erasmus Master in one of the highest level in its kind with international approach.

The program is jointly run by 8 Universities from Austria, Netherland, Australia, Japan, China, Norway and Sweden. It will support 11-12 students from around the world with full funding that will cover there tuition fees, living and relocation depending on there present location. The deadline to apply for this program is Mid of January,2019.

For further details –

https://www.jointdegree.eu/en/circle-erasmus-mundus-international-masters-programme-on-circular-economy/

Fully Funded Masters in Big Data Management and Analytics

Big data and computers have changed the humans lives completely specifically in the past decade.  The smart phones and generation of large of amount data requires strategic tools and management programs that can help to process the information for running lives. It is expected that the market depended on big data will grow to 111 billion dollars by 2020.

The program is jointly renowned by renowned Universities of European Union-  Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands and CentraleSupélec (CS) in France.

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There are limited number of scholarships that are being offered to international candidates who does not belong to European union. The scholarship will cover the tuition fees, living expenses and relocation cost according to your present location.

And these scholarships are quite competitive as students from around the world can apply for this scholarship. For further details regarding application, check the following link- https://bdma.ulb.ac.be/bdma/

The deadline of the application is around 1st or 2nd week of January,2019

Fully Funded Masters in Image Processing and Computer Vision- Deadline-28th January,2019

The use of computers and digital technology has become a daily necessity  of human being and further can be improvised in many ways. This masters programs will teach students about computer vision, processing videos and images in connection to various life domains such as medicine, surveillance, industrial control, remote sensing, e-commerce, automation, etc.

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The program will offer both theoretical and practical knowledge in 3 different partner universities along with one research internship.  The program structure is already designed as following-

– Semester 1: Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary (PPCU)
– Semester 2: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (UAM)
– Semester 3: University of Bordeaux, France (UBx)

There are certain number of scholarships that are being offered to international candidates who does not belong to European union. The scholarship will cover the tuition fees, living expenses and relocation cost according to your present location.

To apply, Check the following link –

http://www.ipcv.eu/

Deadline- 28th January,2019