It has been more than six months since I first joined the CORE Network. I joined in late October through a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills for a work placement in my last year of high school. I was undertaking three Higher qualifications at school as well as the Foundation Apprenticeship. The Foundation Apprenticeship meant … Continue reading Reflecting on My Apprenticeship
A year ago, I applied for an Erasmus scholarship to carry out an internship in a research laboratory abroad, and I had no idea about what would eventually happen. In December, two months before my departure, after a stroke of bad luck, I had to find a new destination very quickly. I was lucky enough … Continue reading An Internship Abroad
We asked two Early Stage Researchers - Ghufran ur Rehman and Francesca Cascella - from the CORE Innovative Training Network about their background, their research and their experience over the last three years. Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what your research is about? Ghufran: Hi, my name is Ghufran ur … Continue reading An Interview with Two CORE Early Career Researchers
Through participation as an associate partner of the CORE Innovative Training Network, in June 2019, TeraCrystal hosted three Early Stage Researchers: Giuseppe Belletti, Jan-Joris Devogelaer, and Aliou Mbodji. As an industrial partner of CORE, who specialise in research and solid-state crystallisation of pharmaceuticals, it was our duty and great pleasure to introduce Aliou, Giuseppe, and … Continue reading An Industry Perspective
A year has passed since I joined the CORE network. My situation is different to that of others in the project, as I was the last ESR to join and therefore began my PhD many months after the other ESRs. My first contact with CORE occurred in March 2017 while I was doing an internship … Continue reading Experiences of a Newcomer
Doing a PhD is extremely challenging work. At times so challenging that one could start wondering why we put ourselves through so much difficulty, endless days and nights reading, writing and revising publications, stressing over failed lab experiments, rejected articles and the occasional negative feedback from our peers. And all of that while we attempt … Continue reading Guest Blog: “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets”
As you may know, this quotation is taken from ‘Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper’. As such, I would like to introduce a short essay by Prof. George M. Whitesides, who is one of the most famous chemists in the world. Indeed, Whitesides has written more than 1,300 papers and owned over 160 issued patents. His … Continue reading “Interesting and Unpublished” Is Equivalent to “Non-existent”
One of the benefits of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship is the opportunity it gives you to spend part of your research period working with different academic and industry-participating partners. This opportunity grants access to leading industries in your research field, while at the same time providing you with an overview of what kind of job … Continue reading A Window Into Your Future
Chances are that you have most likely already seen the picture below if your background is related to either chemistry of physics, or if you’re interested in science in general! Very famous indeed is this group picture of the Solvay Conference on Physics of 1927 (held in Brussels every year), where leading physicists such as … Continue reading Solvay workshop on “Chiral symmetry breaking at molecular level” – Brussels, 28-30 November 2018
A year has gone by for being part of the CORE Family. I emphasized on the word family as it entails the true spirit of life. Our CORE group consists of 15 researchers of different academic and social backgrounds that are working together with academic and industrial experts of this project. This makes it quite … Continue reading CORE Family
If you are almost finished your master's degree and you are considering the idea to begin studying towards a higher level of education in Science, like a doctoral degree, the following post will provide you with a brief description of my impressions and my experience so far. HOW IT WORKS, BRIEFLY In a PhD involving … Continue reading Why not apply for a Marie Curie fellowship?
I travelled to the Symposium on Molecular Chirality in Chiba in Japan from 10th to 12th May 2018, feeling very enthusiastic to learn about the latest scientific advances from Japanese community on the chirality at the conference. Although the conference is a domestic annual event in Japan, approximately 200 researchers in the field of organic … Continue reading Conference report ~Symposium on Molecular chirality in Japan~
One year ago I joined the CORE Innovative Training Network as an Early Stage Researcher. I am based in Magdeburg, in the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of complex Technical Systems but actually had the opportunity to work in France for two months, and several other similar opportunities will come soon. I am grateful to … Continue reading Behind the scenes of a Marie Curie PhD
As part of the CORE ITN the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are given the opportunity to work at 3 different Institutions across Europe which are a part of the network for a maximum of 10 months. This gives us the opportunity to work together with our colleagues, to do joint research projects and get new views … Continue reading Working cross borders
One of the pillars of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions is to provide Europe’s next experts in various fields. Aside from his or her PhD project, an Early Stage Researcher is also granted the opportunity to partake in multiple summer schools and workshops, providing the additional training and knowledge needed to become a true professional. The … Continue reading A taste of industry: interacting with the network’s partners
Many people do not realize that it is possible to improve and gain new skills and explore different career possibilities by temporarily working in an institution rather than their employing institutions. This is often known as ‘going on secondment'.
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