Location: University of Noshirvani in Babol, Iran
Mr. Houman Rokni (ESR4) visited his former University to encourage 20 science students to pursue an international research career by presenting the Marie-Skłodowska Curie Actions and the Horizon 2020 programmes. Additionally, he introduced the research work performed in the IPPAD project to the audience, which had prior knowledge in fluid dynamics, heat transfer and material science.
The international mobility was in the centre of the vivid discussion that followed the presentation, as the students wanted to explore the challenges a researcher faces when he works in a foreign country. Mr Rokni shared his own experience and gave the students many examples how to overcome these issues: participation in events to meet people, make friends and get familiar with the country and mentality, a chance to practice teamwork etc. Finally, the students suggested also various ways to deal with the fear of living in a foreign country, as for example to find out as much as possible about the country by watching movies and documentaries that would help them understand better the different culture and life style.
The challenges in the academia and in the relationships between the researcher and his colleagues and supervisors was the other main subject of the Q & A session: how regular and honest communication and appropriate actions can help the researcher avoid misunderstandings or conflicts.
Mr Rokni received a very positive feedback on his activity not only from the students but also from members of staff.