Positive Mood Sharing

ITN projects are awesome! ✨⭐
How many opportunities we get from just three years of   doctoral research being involved into INFRASTAR ITN project!

At the moment, I am finishing my second secondment at COWI, Lyngby, Denmark. This experience itself has been enriching and inspiring! Switching from academic atmosphere to industry for a few months has influenced my overall mood in many ways.

✰  wider vision of bridge engineering in Europe and in the world  ✰  experience of work environment in the large company   ✰  communication with international colleagues  ✰  gained and improved technical skills 

Moreover, changing from one country to another brings a new light to the PhD life (normally full of stress and worries 😝😅)

Exploring a new city ❀  Discovering a new culture ❀  Speaking a new language ❀  Trying a new way of life ❀ 
Sometimes, if we are focused too much on something, it is quite difficult to get through it and move on. All these activities (provided by the project) such as ind…

PhD zebra

LIFE is like zebra : white and black stripes come one after another. However, zebra’s stripes are more or less equal, unlike those in life: sometimes difficult stressful periods are much larger than bright and happy ones.
So, when I have dark times in my work, I am pretty motivated to write another blog post and complain-complain-complain.... but I don’t do that. I am waiting until the moment when it becomes better, so that I could retell about troubles in more soft and optimistic way :)
This time, I want just to give some practical tips for the future generations of ITN projects... especially, for those who will do it in France.
This time it’s about money 💸
Being involved in such an active project as INFRASTAR is not easy in terms of money-spending. So, the general advice is  SAFE money in order to have always a backup of few thousands euros
This year has started with a huge amount of paiments:  expensive secondment in Denmark, training week, implementation day, conference IABMAS that ta…

COWI - the work place of dreams

Our project is amazing!!!

Again, thanks to INFRASTAR, I can turn the page and breathe with the fresh Danish air 😊
This time, my journey has turned to the north - to my favorite Scandinavia 💓

Yesterday, I have started my few months program at COWI in Lyngby, Denmark. I like everything here 😆 I have an impression that all problems have gone at once (about problems I will write in a new blog post soon)!

Well, I have only started my work, but can already conclude that the surrounding environment and the working atmosphere affect a lot the general mood and the attitude to the work!

Open spaces, large and bright rooms, good equipment, ecological materials, a lot of light... I am not even speaking about available facilities!

... for the first time in my life I have a desk, which can change the height if I want to work standing, this is amazing!
I am very glad to meet my industrial supervisor Katerina Konakli, whom I will be working with here at COWI. I am sure that our work will be product…

...from the inside of the ...Éolienne =D

Thanks to my colleagues from IFSTTAR Nantes, for the first time in my life I have visited a Wind Tower.

The great advantage of our project is the opportunity to travel a lot:
experience long-time exchanges between involved institutions, participate in conferences, workshops,make visits to various sites and objects.
This time, it was a one-day business-trip to Nantes that became an adventure!

Starting from the early morning, when we got a chance to see Nantes and even hear some historical facts.

Many thanks to Odile for the ride through the center of Nantes!
The technical part of this trip was interesting and enriching. In the morning we had a reunion of three ESRs with Antoine and Sima.
Many thanks to Antoine for showing us your work and your lab!
Then, we saw the GeoEND laboratory of Ifsttar Nantes to see its successful projects and the ongoing work.
Many thanks to Olivier for detailed explanations!
In the afternoon, we arrived in the park of wind turbines at Saint-Hilaire near Nantes, wh…

Read if you have much stress in your work !

This time I would like to speak about the importance of the mood in any type of work.
Actually, I didn’t write any post for a long time due to my mood that was so low that I even stayed sick during the entire Christmas holiday. There are many aspects that could affect our mood. It might be the work or our personal life, the weather or conditions of life… and of course, the life of a researcher is full of stress, uncertainty in everything and difficulties with the work…

- our main task here is to manage all these negative moods and psychological troubles

I don’t know if it is applicable only in my case, but may be some other early stage (or even later stage J ) researchers or students would find these simple suggestions useful or helpful.

I – sleep more! 
The lack of resting hours is influencing badly the health in general and the efficiency of your brain
II – don’t overwork several days in a row! 
Even if you are not tired enough after 8-9 hours of thinking, working hard, you might sta…

Importance of Motivation

Every researcher knows that in addition to Hard Work, Strong Mind, Careful Planning and Optimistic Character, we need to be Motivated. 
Last week, for all my INFRASTAR colleagues, the training at EPFL was organized. That was a really important experience for all of us! 
useful lectures,new ideas,cooperation,teambuilding                 ... and much more.

All of us presented the progress in the research, aims & objectives, challenges & difficulties. Every ESR is at his or her own stage of the PhD, but the main and the most important thing which is the same for all of us is

It was so nice to listen to curious and excited people who are going towards their goals with pleasure 😊 Our motivation helps us to get through all troubles and to never give up. In the end, it will bring us to the best opportunities and to the great success.

I wish only good luck and endurance to all ESRs and to the project itself! 

Wonderful difficulties of International PhD

The PhD-life is crazy! xD

In my mind, I have just arrived from my first secondment at EPFL, Lausanne back to Paris.
In reality, a few weeks have already passed!

That is true: being involved in an international project, you are very unluckily bored. Plenty of training events, exchanges, conferences, and meetings! If to include here some outreach activities and personal vacations, all of us, we've got itchy feet! Always moving, flying, running, changing...

🚙 🚃 🚄 ✈ 🚀
For example,  I had just come back to my office in France when I needed to book new "missions" for this academic year! As well, for the holidays, I always travel either to my homeland or to discover new places, and each weekend I have to cross France for personal reasons.

So, already, lots of flights and trains (recently, I received an email from French train company SNCF that in 2017, I already made more than 15000 km only in France!)
and I haven't even finished my 1st year of PhD...
 This is wonderful