Looking at the weather outside here in Denmark, I think I can surely say that the last summer as student is oficially over (at least in forseeable future). As good as it has been, despite one of the rainiest summers in Denmarks history), the project work is still there.
We will be back in uni this week, and will see all our course mates, most of whom are also on their finish line with masters program and have been working on thesis throughout the summer. Hopefully the team… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on August 30, 2011 at 9:14am —
One of the moments when you feel that the hard project work and all the late nights and long days spent at the library have all been well worth it, is definitely when you get your baby printed and have paper version of it in your hands.
As fun and interesting the project work can be, these are no doubt some of the highlights of RUC semesters:)
We however managed to prolong the joy, because 2 of the projects that I have been working on during the past semesters… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on July 12, 2011 at 10:04am —
One of the most interesting things within our project have been looking at the view on desalination's environmental externalities. Especially in terms of energy consumption to drive the processes of desalination.
We are looking at the case study of Spain for our thesis and it is one of the countries that has set out to considerably increase it's desalination capacity in near future. Already now being one of the leading countries within desalination, the capacity of Spain is set to… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on May 17, 2011 at 11:11am —
With some amazing sunny Easter days ahead, things have not gotten any less busy than they have been. We are currently looking into exploring case study of Spain for our project on desalination and it is really interesting to read on how developed the desalination industry in Spain actually is.
In addition to that, our previous semester project just got published in a book format by a German academic publishing house! Although not expecting it to be the bestseller of the year, it is so… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on April 15, 2011 at 10:22am —
The last semester with the thesis work has officially started and luckily we are in full speed ahead with our project work. Or at least trying to be :)
I have been quite lucky to be able to continue on the work that me and my group did the previous semester - the topic of sustainable desalination and the ways to best integrate it in country's energy infrastructure. I suspect there will be a lot of interesting things to dig deeper into, so I am actually looking forward to the… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on March 5, 2011 at 11:36am —
It is the final countdown for the 3rd semester of our master's studies! We have just received our exam questions and the exam is scheduled to be in the beginning of the next week. Once done with that, it will be time to get on with the master's thesis.
Preparing for exam is surely taking some time now, but apart from that I have been working at UNEP Risø centre as student assistant. This has been a wonderful experience so far. I have been primarily appointed to help work… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on January 21, 2011 at 1:31pm —
Oh I almost cannot believe the amount of snow this Christmas - its like all my previous years complaints to the gods of snow have reached the address at the same time- talkin about white Christmas!!!
I am spending the holidays at home with my family, and it is snowing still - so, really, picture perfect Christmas day. So wishing everyone very Merry Christmas and great holidays with your loved ones! :)
Added by Maija Bertule on December 24, 2010 at 12:49pm —
This is a beautiful documentary about our planet and the toll that current human practices are taking on it. I have seen it shown on the Danish national TV, but I recently found that it is also possible to see the full version on youtube. Just follow the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU
it is really a beautiful documentary with some amazing shots from around the globe!
can definitely… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on November 26, 2010 at 9:39pm —
We just got done with the last class this semester and now its full speed ahead with the project work. The hand in of the work will be in January and it seems that it's just around the corner, with all the work we have to do. But it will be great to have the time to focus only on the project, with all the essays handed in.
Apart from that, Denmark just celebrated Halloween and we had a great get-together with two of the other COP15 students - Ankit and Denisa. Seems like everyone will… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on November 6, 2010 at 11:54am —
The third master's semester is halfway through and its busyyyyyy!
The classes will be done in a while here at our department. Most of them finish in the first week of November to be precise. Nevertheless, there will be no relaxing after that - that is the time when we will go ahead with our project work in full swing. It is still on the topic of desalination and it is getting more interesting as one digs deeper.
Besides that, we had a great chance to meet graduates of our… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on October 11, 2010 at 6:14pm —
My third master's semester at RUC has started and despite the busy days ahead, I'm really looking forward to it.
This semester I'll be taking somewhat different classes from what I've been used to. For one I'll be taking a class on GIS - its been great fun so far (and challenging as well) and also a change to a somewhat more practical work compared to other classes.
I intend to continue working on a project in the lines of what I have always have had great interest in -… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on September 22, 2010 at 11:19am —
Here are some more pictures from the amazing Greenland:
Some of the best berries I've tasted
We spent nearly 3 days on Sarfaq Ittuk…
Added by Maija Bertule on August 30, 2010 at 10:57am —
Five of us, the COP15 students, had the wonderful opportunity to visit Greenland - the hotspot of climate change. We spent 2 weeks visiting different places in Greenland, amongst others Nuuk, Jakobshavn Glacier in Illulisat and the Arctic Station in Disko Island - and I think it was truly a once in a lifetime experience for all of us!
Greenland is something special - you can stand on green grass and hike up a mountain, while watching icebergs floating just next to you - something you dont… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on August 16, 2010 at 10:44pm —
I just wanted to share some of the best moments from our study group's trip to India. The experience was of course so intense that it is hard to show it just through pictures, but I think it will give at least a glimpse of this fantastic trip. part II coming soon!
Added by Maija Bertule on July 9, 2010 at 10:06am —
After several months of work and several weeks of even harder work our project report has been signed in!
This is generally one of the most fulfilling moments for all those studying in RUC, im sure. Working on the semester project is our baby and when we finally signed it in, its almost weird that there is no reading-writing-editing waiting for you at home. The relief is good and I think we all are exhausted after months of really hard work, but it feels real good that to look at the… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on June 9, 2010 at 9:12am —
So finally, finally it seems that the winter will be over in Denmark!
Slowly but steadily everything is blooming here and even the sun is showing its face more frequently. I know that danish weather is not to be trusted, but now it really seems that warmer days are just around the corner.
Apart from the green, spring has been busy and full with interesting events. Amongst others, the COP15 students got the chance to meet with the Prime Minister of Denmark. It was a short visit… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on May 18, 2010 at 9:42am —
My project group just returned from our field trip to India and now it is time to start rounding up the data that we gathered. But the whole experience was certainly worth it - seeing the effects of climate change close up, and being able to gather first hand data for our project Continue
During the stay w managed to talk to different NGOs working in the field of environment and development and it has certainly been a great…
Added by Maija Bertule on April 16, 2010 at 7:00pm —
So this time I am writing from a little cafe in the middle of Delhi.Its late evening and the most pleasant of weather outside.
In connection with our semester project me and my project group have travelled to India in order to gather some first hand data on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES). It has only been few days but we have managed to meet some people already and to enjoy some of the the delightful dishes that India has to offer.
PES has been around in India for a… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on March 19, 2010 at 5:54pm —
So the new semester has started and although we are still desperately waiting for some spring here (at least I am), there are some sunny days at the horizon.
The nice thing about studying at Roskilde University is that every semester you get a chance to work on a whole new project, after your own choice, of course. So it really is a fresh start and helps you to get your energy concentrated for the new semester. Surely, by the end of the semester you know the topic in and out, and quite… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on February 27, 2010 at 8:02am —
For the past two days, and especially today, snowstorm has taken over Denmark. This is a white start for the new semester. Trains are either canceled or running in odd times, so getting around these days is rather difficult and people are advised to stay home if they can. This has probably been most snow Denmark has experienced in years, nevertheless - it is quite nice to experience white winter after some gray and dull days.
The courses are up and starting already at the end of this week.… Continue
Added by Maija Bertule on February 2, 2010 at 7:00pm —