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Impressive West Gate Bridge

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One more post about wonderful Melbourne 😊

The last day of IABMAS 2018 brought me a very nice surprise! 😃

It was a tour-day and the closure of the conference. Each participant could have subscribed to one of three tours. Two of them were dedicated to universities visits and the third one attracted my attention the most:
- exploring the inside part of the deck of the famous West Gate bridge!
Though, at the moment of registration, I noticed that personal boots and hard hats were required for any bridge visit. It was quite a sad news as my luggage was very limited (bringing all the staff from my flat in Copenhagen back to Paris via Australia), so, I abandoned the idea of visiting the West Gate and subscribed for a university tour.

Friday morning, while having breakfast, I am reading again the tour description and suddenly find that it starts 15 minutes earlier than other tours, which means that I am going to be late! After a couple of calls, I realize that I have to run immediately in o…

Colors of Melbourne

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... colors of Melbourne ...


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BRIDGE MAINTENANCE,
SAFETY AND MANAGEMENT > IABMAS 2018 <

The week of experience
It is quite impressive how much one event can bring to life! IABMAS is my second conference within the ITN project INFRASTAR. The conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre the second week of July 2018. I was like to have my presentation scheduled on Tuesday morning, so, I was more relaxed during the rest of the conference. 
Presenting my paper "Generalized Pareto Distribution for reliability  of bridges exposed to fatigue"
Australia has been always the country of my dreams, so, the first advantage of the conference is the possibility to discover a new culture, nature, history, food, traditions... but this is a topic for another blog post.
People here are so friendly!  In shops and cafés, people from staff ask you "how are you today?", smile and maintain a conversation
...back to the conference itself. T…

Positive Mood Sharing

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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

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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

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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

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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 !

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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…