29 September 2017

Hello, Podcasts!

I have always loved knowledge. It has nothing to do with the career development or professional gain. I just passionately love thinking about how things are and why. Just as much as other people love watching the Premier League or spotting trains. So usually, I get my “drug” via journals, pop-science books, and an occasional TV documentary. But recently I discovered podcasts for myself and found that they are incredibly versatile to transmit information.

I have now completed one year of my research stay at Aquafin in Antwerp, Belgium. Most of my time here has been dedicated to the struvite pilot reactor located at the wastewater treatment plant Antwerp South and this is where I spend most of my days. During the past year I used to bike down to the Aquafin headquarters once per week to have lunch with the other fellows from the project, but during the autumn I will be the only TreatRec fellow in Antwerp. I would worry that I would be lonely if it weren’t so lucky that my colleagues at the wastewater treatment plant are a bunch of really friendly and funny guys named Jean, Luc, Rudi, Johan, Stefan and Patrick.

I received the generous Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship to fund my Ph.D. research. And as the time goes on it is running out. That, in turn, means that I have to start preparing my CV, scout web pages and look for contacts to get the next job, for a man has to eat. Simple enough. Yet now I discover a mental hurdle I was not expecting from a thirty-year-old me. I don’t know what job I want to do.

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA 13th of August 2017 : a group of right-wing- white-nationalist were gathering together and marching to promote their supremacy against whomsoever was/is different from them.