The Go Abroad fund gave me the opportunity to go to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in order to take part in a course named “Brain Imaging Genetics: Genetics for Imagers”. During the course, I had the chance to improve my skills and knowledge in both genetics and neuroimaging, the two main fields I am currently specialising in for my PhD. Apart from learning novel and important techniques, we also took part in a number of social activities, making us feel welcome by the students and staff at Radboud University.
First day arriving in Amsterdam and overlooking the canals
A typical Amsterdam photo in August
Radboud University Campus
Registration day – the staff welcoming us
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour – brains on the window!
Wet lab experience – we had the chance to work in a laboratory with our own data
One of the social events – going on a pancake boat tour! We had the opportunity to eat as many pancakes as we want during a 2-hour boat tour
A beautiful sunset while on the boat tour
A second social event – our class all cooked together on the next-to-last day of the course. It was a wonderful bonding experience after a few days of intense classes.
A second beautiful sunset, overlooking railway tracks in Nijmegen
Downtown Nijmegen on a Friday evening – a very social city!
A park in downtown Nijmegen – the city is very green and environmentally-friendly
The course certificate ceremony, during which we were given our certificates
An inspiring message on one of the windows in the centre of Nijmegen: “Travel. It leaves you speechless, then turns you in a storyteller.”