Research internship in University of Freiburg, Germany

Wataru Yoshiki
Year: 2nd year of PhD candidate / RA2012
Belonging: Graduate School of Science and Technology
Destination: University of Freiburg, Germany
Duration:July, 2015 ~December, 2015 (Six months)

I have done a research internship for six months in Professor Karsten Buse’s group, Department of Microsystems Engineering in University of Freiburg, Germany. There were two purposes of this internship to: (1) enrich my Ph.D. thesis by experiencing the research theme which is different from the theme that I have been studying in Japan and (2) obtain an experience working in a global environment where there is no Japanese.
During the internship, I have tackled with one research project with a German doctoral student. Since The project was not the same as the theme of my Ph.D. thesis but was not so far from that, I was able to not only contributes the project but also learn a lot of knowledges and skills from the project. I believe that we were able to build a win-win relationship. When I joined the host group, I was surprised to see that most of people there were German (I did not expect such a situation). However, thanks to their fluent English and an excellent hospitality, my life in the host group was very comfortable. In addition, ‘Optics colloquium’ which was held every two weeks was very interesting because renowned European researchers were invited to the colloquium to give a lecture.
Besides research activities, I was invited to home parties hosted by colleagues several times and went to a Christmas market with the students in the host group. Thanks to these nice events, I was seldom missing Japan. In a weekend, I sometimes went on trips alone to other cities in not only Germany (e.g. Köln, Berlin) but also France and Switzerland. I enjoyed these trips very much. I am sure that I have learned ‘German lifestyle’ where both ‘work’ and ‘private time’ are enthusiastically pursued.

Department of Microsystems Engineering, University of Freiburg

Trip to Dresden with RAs

Christmas party

Picture with Professor K.Buse,