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Tuesday 24 August 2021

My PhD journey - 1st PhD course abroad

One of the challenge of doing a PhD is that one has to acquire a certain number of knowlege and new skills, which are essential to properly conduct a research, e.g. analyze and interpret the data collected. 

To have all the chances on my side, I have registered to some courses abroad. So today I am traveling to Denmark and will eb attending an "Introduction to Qualitative Methods" PhD course at Aalborg University. I am very excited!



Today marks the end of my first PhD course in presence and also the first one at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. Most of the participants were either from Aalborg University in Copenhagen or Chinese PhD candidates from Aalborg. 

It’s been a great 3-day course: “Introduction to Qualitative Research”. It’s a paradox that PhD students at the University of Luxembourg are expected to conduct good research without having access to trainings on research methods. 

This is why I came all the way to Denmark and invested my personal funds to be able to do so. Because another paradox at the University of Luxembourg is that students can apply for travel funding from their doctoral school only until March… for courses that were not yet published nor allowed students to register for. 

In contrast, Aalborg University in Copenhagen opens an an account for each accepted PhD student with a maximum amount of about 6.000 eur for the entire duration of the PhD (which is the equivalent amount we have in Luxembourg). 

The only difference is that in Luxembourg you have to apply every year and justify your participation in courses that will be published and open fir registration only later during the year, each time without any guarantee that your request might be approved. 

I particularly enjoyed the afternoon sessions when two of us were able to present our research project and got questions from the the other 15 participants and 2 professors. 

I was lucky to present my research project yesterday afternoon and am grateful for the questions, comments and recommendations I’ve received. In Luxembourg I didn’t find (yet!!!) such a community where I could discuss with my peers on our individual research projects , the methods we’re using and challenges on the field. But there is still time since I’ve only started in February. 

I will leave some more comments below the different pictures I conclude with a funny comment from Prof. Lars Bo Henriksen: “In the first half of your research, you try to save the world; in the second half, you try to save yourself.” 🙂


Thursday 19 August 2021

Summerakademie CSV


I was ready to go to Bucharest for a training facilitated by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, only to find out that one was organized by my party, CSV, right here in my city, Luxembourg 😀

Thanks for the interesting 2 day-seminar in German, I look forward to the next training which will combine Luxembourgish with French or English or Spanish 🙂🙃 … we do speak a lot of languages in our party!




CSV International CSV Bartreng 

CSV Osten CSV Maacher CSV KĂ€l - TĂ©iteng 

CSV & CSJ Stad CSV - Esch/Alzette


Friday 13 August 2021

Hellef fir Rouspert-Mompech


Les inondations de mi-juillet ont causĂ© des dĂ©gĂąts trĂšs importants au Luxembourg. Vous avez peut-ĂȘtre vu les images apocalyptiques de ma voiture ou du stock abimĂ©, des images qui faisaient froid au dos... Je me considĂšre toutefois trĂšs chanceuse par rapport aux sinistrĂ©s dont les maisons ont subi des dĂ©gĂąts importants qui ne sont pas pris en charge par les assurances et donc par rapport Ă  ces mĂ©nages qui sont confrontĂ©s Ă  une montagne de dettes et de dĂ©sespoir.
Dans ce contexte, mon club Rotary Luxembourg Kiem a lancé une collecte de fonds qui seront utilisés pour soutenir une ou plusieurs familles victimes des inondations dans la commune de Rosport-Mompach, en étroite collaboration avec l'Office social de la commune.

MERCI d'AVANCE de participer Ă  notre APPEL de fonds, si vous pouvez.
Le numéro de compte est indiqué dans la photo ci-dessus.

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