From Science in the Train to Hiking at Lake Baikal: Manifold Experiences during the 9th German-Russian Travelling Seminar

Students at a hiking trip at Lake Baikal.

By Sebastian Weiß, 4th-semester master’s student (Department of Inorganic Chemistry I, University of Bayreuth) and
Artem Loginov, 1st-semester master’s student (Department of Polymer and Crystal Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University).

During the 9th German-Russian Travelling Seminar, we visited Irkutsk, Listvyanka on Lake Baikal, Novosibirsk, and Moscow. From 30th June to 10th August, we completed a more than 9,000 km round-trip of  Russia. The group consisted of 8 students from Russia and 12 students from Germany, all doing their masters’ or at the beginning of their PhDs. They were accompanied by the organizers Prof. Mirijam Zobel (University of Bayreuth, Germany), Asst. Prof. Maxim Vlasov (IHTE & UrFU, Russia), Prof. Andrey Rempel (IMET & UrFU, Ekaterinburg, Russia), Prof. Andrey Shibaev (MSU, Moscow, Russia), and Prof. Andreas Magerl (FAU, Erlangen, Germany). As part of this Travelling Seminar, termed “Nanomaterials and Large Scale Research Centres”, we had the great opportunity to visit modern research institutes all over Russia. We also got the chance to acquire new knowledge and friendships across cultures and geographical borders. The Seminar is unique in its form, and in its ongoing financial support over the years.

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