by Katja Heubach (Germany, GESA 2011 alumna)
Katja is a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Geobotany, Biodiversity & Climate Research Center, Goethe University Frankfurt. In January this year, she delivered a presentation to her department on her experience during GESA 2011. Entitled ‘A short summary of persons involved, main content and (personal) outcomes’, Katja provided an account of her experience, elaborating on the various modules of the course, ranging from lectures, conference, research methods, policy matters, research cafe, ethnobotany break, creative interactions and video screenings.
Her audience comprised mostly of PhD and Master students from the natural sciences (geobotany, environmental sciences, ecology, ethnobiology). Asked about the reason she gave the talk, she said ‘I wanted to share my experience to tell people about the unique gathering of interesting people, disciplines and (research) methods and to invite especially the younger students to think a bit wider than their own subject – and, lastly, to apply for GESA this or another year’.
Click here to view Katja’s presentation.