So, who are you?
I am a PhD student at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow (Department of Biomaterials, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics) and I have received EEA/Norway Grant funding for an internship at the Department of Biomaterials at University of Oslo (UiO).
Why the Department of Biomaterials?
The Department of Biomaterials at UiO is one of the institutions who cooperate with my home university through EEA/Norway Grant. It is a great place to gain a much needed experience in lab work. At the Biomaterials Department I found a strong, well-organized, multinational team of researchers who were keen to share their experience with me. I was able to learn a lot about biomaterials science, team work and about working with state-of-the-art research equipment. Moreover, all the administrative issues, which can be sometimes daunting tasks when it comes to international exchange, were swiftly fixed thanks to the invaluable tips from the Department staff. Whenever I needed any help concerning research or everyday affairs I was given a hand from my colleagues from the Department.
When it comes to the most pressing issue for students, which is the financial aspect of funding from EEA Grants, it allows covering all basic standard living costs such as housing, public transport tickets and food.
Would you recommend it to others?
I strongly recommend a scientific internship from EEA Grants at the Department of Biomaterials (UiO) to anyone who wants to improve his scientific skills in the field of biomaterials and subsequently to take great pleasure in that. EEA/Norway Grant is great opportunity to broaden your mind in foreign country.