Systematic chaos

Marc Vila CuencaSelf-organization is something that nobody teaches you. When you start a project from the beginning, your mind is fully focused on that. Only sporadic events can disturb the organization of your brain such as meetings, courses as well as small experiments. Maybe, is it time for starting a side project? Your mind starts diving; there are new problems to be solved and the topic differs so much between them that it is becoming chaotic.

After this, you realize that the main project needs an animal experiment to be strong enough. It is time to reorganize everything, search again for literature and design the best procedure for the experiment. In the meantime, the other experiments are still attracting your attention but you do not have time enough for taking care of them in a proper way. At the end, what you're doing is everything and anything at the same time.

You decide to give the priority to the project that you expect to provide you with more outcomes. The other things can wait for the right moment. Within this, your brain makes more space for focusing in this project, which it means that it is more easy to solve the problems and improve the experiment.

Marc Vila

Writing time..

Sunny days have finally arrived to Strasbourg and with them, the lasts months of my stay in Strasbourg.

During thStrasbourg housee last two and a half years, I have learnt not only different imaging techniques such as CT and SPECT but also the French culture. I've learnt the language; the traditions and I've tasted some great Alsatian wine. I have also learnt how to deal with the rain and with very long, dark cold days.

Besides, I've had the chance to visit lovely French villages, which look like typical fairy tales villages, with colourful houses and wooden beams.

In the lab, it has arrived the moment when you have to sit down and write down your first paper. At first, I thought it would be an easy thing; I knew well my project and my results, but when I opened a new, white paper and I had to start, I realised that it was not that easy. When you write a paper, you have to overthink and try to write the most suitable sentences in order to make your paper understandable. And when you think you have finished, you have to face the truth: the corrections from your supervisors! You may have like 5 rounds of corrections before being approved, but once your supervisors tell you that is a good paper, you feel happy and you think of all the effort you have put on your paper as well as all the time you have spent in the lab to have nice results.

And this brings me to the end of the blog. It's time to be thankful to EuTRiPD and the great opportunity that has given all of us, because we have learnt lots of different lab techniques, different cities around Europe, different cultures, different people and above all, a great team!

Ilse Calm

Anticipatory pleasure

EuTRiPD in LundIt's time to prepare! Our team is planning and organising the Baxter Academy that will take place in Lund this May. It's going to be an interesting program I think. There is a mix of training and scientific education, a mix of interactive learning as well as formal teaching plus a lot of opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
It's the final EuTRiPD Academy so some of the focus is on the future: skills to learn and opportunities to look out for. There will be some fun too I am sure! And we finish with the ultimate challenge of ESRs and PI's competing with each other in the big PD quiz.
I know who my money is on!

Peter Rutherford

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