Maik Kahnt at HERCULES Summer School 2016 in Grenoble, France. Photograph: Private.
A Graduate Education Program of Universität Hamburg in Cooperation with DESY
Maik Kahnt, PhD student at DESY, received a PIER travel grant and went to HERCULES Summer School 2016 in Grenoble, France. Here is his report.
Thank you PIER team! Due to the PIER travel grant I was able to participate in the 2016 Higher European Research Course For Users of Large Experimental Systems, or in short HERCULES. This one month long course captures a large variety of topics from physics, chemistry, biology, material science and geology. With 72 other PhD students and post-docs, I listened to four to five lectures a day or participated in hands on tutorials and practicals. During these practicals I had the possibility to perform experiments myself on two synchrotrons: the ESRF in Grenoble, France and Elettra in Trieste, Italy, one nuclear reactor: the ILL neutron source in Grenoble, one free electron laser: FERMI in Trieste and in some labs on the CEA campus in Grenoble. I really liked the wide spread of topics. As my field of work covers mostly hard X-rays, I was delighted to hear and learn so much about state of the art science and techniques with neutrons and softer X-rays. But not only hearing from it in lectures but doing it myself and meeting PhD students doing it as part of their thesis was definitely one of the best thing during this summer school.
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