PhD excursion to Noer castle

PhD excursion to Noer castle

PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

A Graduate Education Program of Universität Hamburg in Cooperation with DESY

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PhD excursion to Noer castle

PhD students from DESY and Hamburg university enjoyed their self-organsied trip to the Baltic sea. Photograph: Private

The fourth year in a row, the joint PhD excursion of students from the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and the SFB676 collaborative research centre was held successfully in the Castle Noer.

In 2016, 15 PhD students participated in the fourth PhD weekend on June the 18-19th. This program was organized by the SFB676 student council and was supported by the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and DESY.
  
We met at the Hamburg main station and then traveled together by train to the small town of Gettorf north of Kiel. There, a reserved taxi brought us to Noer Castle, a small country side palace located in a green calm area with sport and conference facilities. That cozy nature is only 15 min walk to the Baltic sea.

Scientific discussions in a friendly atmosphere

After lunch, as our seminar tradition, the PhD students formed teams of two. The task for them was to explain their respective field and project to each other. Later, each student had to explain his or her partner's project to the group. Students engaged in interesting discussions during the possible time limit. The actual presentations were accompanied by a coffee break with home-made cakes which refreshes minds in the castle center.

The specialty of our weekend retreat is to bring together the students from different subjects to exchange science in a friendly atmosphere. This time the seminar covered a wide range of subjects. For example, the engineering of metal tubes, the calculation of jet cross sections at the LHC, Lab on a Chip, finding supersymmetry at the CMS detector, particle physics simulations with computer programs, supersymmetric gravity and non-equilibrium quantum dynamics. In fact, PIER and the SFB676 includes many different areas of research which are located mostly on the Bahrenfeld Campus. However, PhDs from different research areas don't always have the chance of a scientific chat and come together.

Invited talk on nuclear fusion

The invited speaker Timo Schröder from the Wendelstein 7X experiment in Greifswald joined us for the last couple of presentations. As a concluding event, he gave an introductory talk titled “Nuclear Fusion – a possible Energy Source for the Future". He showed in detail that fusion power in contrast to fossil energy, has almost unlimited quantities of raw materials. More importantly, a fusion power plant will not produce any climate pollution and their safety properties have been approved.

After a long day, the PhD group walked to the beach along tall old trees. There some students enjoyed the water and the shore for swimming and some for relax talk on the sands. For dinner, we ordered Pizza directly to the beach. Afterwards, some came back earlier to watch the EURO 2016 football match of Portugal vs. Austria in the TV room. The Saturday evening finished at the entertainment room. There, we had table tennis, billiard and card games. On Sunday morning, after having breakfast at the castle, some participants attended the 'Kieler Woche festival' to become familiar with Nordic culture.

This year we could also provide a friendly atmosphere for young scientist to discuss their projects in general and practice to talk about their research in addition to the invited introductory scientific talk. The pleasant nature and local cultural event would definitely enhance creativity and effectiveness. This fabulous tradition will be held on in 2017.
 
Samaneh Javanbakht, PhD student, June 2016


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Event Calendar
25 Sep. 2017 to 27 Sep. 2017
Location: FLASH seminar room
26 Sep. 2017 to 29 Sep. 2017
Chaired by: Julien Lesgourgues
Speaker: AMMON, Martin, ARVANITAKI, Asimina
Location: Main Auditorium
26 Sep. 2017 14:00
Location: Main Auditorium, build. 5
27 Sep. 2017 09:00
Location: Main Auditorium, build. 5
27 Sep. 2017 to 29 Sep. 2017
Speaker: AGAPOV, Ilya, BAEV, Ivan
Location: SemRoom FLASH (28c)
27 Sep. 2017 14:00
Speaker: Michele Ceriotti (Laboratory of Computational Science and Modelling (COSMO),École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL))
Location: CFEL bldg. 99, seminar room IV(01.111) first floor
27 Sep. 2017 18:00
Speaker: Alan Guth (MIT Cambridge (USA))
Location: DESY Auditorium
28 Sep. 2017 09:00
Location: Main Auditorium, build. 5
29 Sep. 2017 09:00
Location: Main Auditorium, build. 5
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