Five students from CP3-Origins went to the International Conference of Physics Students in Edinburgh, Scotland, this August.
– It was an invaluable opportunity for us to go there and make new contacts from all over the world, especially for when we start to look for work later on in our careers, says Martin Hansen, who studies for his master’s degree at CP3-Origins in Denmark.
Along with fellow master’s student at CP3-Origins Helene Gertov and three undergraduates from the CP3-Genius project, Martin Hansen went to the Scottish capital to obtain new knowledge within his field of study and to meet around 270 other physics students from around the globe.
– We were inspired by the many other students there. Especially the Italians made a huge impression on us by demonstrating extensive knowledge within their specific area of interest. The presentations at the conference were given by everyone from an 18-year-old bachelor’s student over Post Docs to professors. It was great to see all of us motivate each other that way, Martin Hansen says.
The annual conference is organized by the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) that consists of volunteer physics students from around the world. To participate, you must study within the field of physics. But other than registering for the conference and buying a travel ticket you will not have to worry about anything: The organizers make sure there is food and accommodation during your stay.
For Martin Hansen and Helene Gertov their first visit to the IAPS-conference was definitely not their last:
– We are most certainly going again next year when the conference is in Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg, Germany, ed.), Helene Gertov says.
If you would like to attend events like the International Conference of Physics Students, it is possible by becoming part of the CP3-Genius Program. Read more here.