Luckily, Denver is a really nice city with a European-style pedestrian shopping area and many excellent restaurants in the city center, otherwise it would be become boring coming here so often. I came here for the Technical Program Paper Selection meeting on June 5 and 6 as well as our next SC planning meeting on June 6 and 7. In addition, there as a meeting of the SC Steering Committee on June 9.
Doctoral researchers are mostly enthusiastic, friendly and prying into interdisciplinarity and interculturality. Therefore, the DocTeam supports the idea of a central mission statement for the FZJ. Finding such mission statement, which represents our visions of an ideal FZJ and nevertheless be livable, is a long process and still in progress. In addition to the vision, the mission statement briefly describes, shortly and concisely, the core values and strategic objectives of FZJ. To live such a mission statement and therefore a better FZJ needs time. However, the doctoral researchers in general, and the DocTeam in particular, do already a lot to promote and support these core values. That’s why we will take a closer look at a few statements today.
JCANS, the Japan Collaboration of Accelerator driven Neutron sources is a network of Major and Minor sources bound together for mutual exchange and support. This is at first not surprising and similar structures already exist in Germany (e.g. the KFN Committee for Research with Neutrons) and other European countries, but at a second glance some real differences surface.
On March 21 and 22, 2017, we had our 6th SC17 Planning meeting, again in Denver, Colorado. Wow, time flies, I still remember getting some rest over the Christmas holidays and then spent a nice week in the US at the SC16/17 Turnover meeting in January. Where did the past two month go? Now there are only 235 days left until the opening of SC17 in November. Saying it is still 5640 hours is not really helping ;-)
Last week, we hosted the first GPU Hackathon of 2017. It was a super intense week full of programming and discussing. It was great coding fun! The GPU Hackathons (at times also OpenACC Hackathons) are workshop-like events happening around the world. Five of them are planned in 2017 – and the first one was at Jülich Supercomputing Centre last week. Organization is coordinated by Fernanda Foertter from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who also joins the Hackathons to guide through the week.
Being a doctoral researcher is more than just doing science, working in a lab or programming simulations! Being a (young) scientist means also to be able to communicate with other scientist, publish as many of your results as possible in scientific journals, make yourself a name within the scientific community and deepen your knowledge about special methods used in your field of research! But these skills are usually only taught partly at university during your study program. Especially, how to write a scientific paper in English is something, a student does not always learn during his/her studies in Germany. Therefore, so called graduate schools are established, which offer courses in different areas and provide doctoral researchers with transferable and methodological skills.
After three to four years a doctoral researcher is at the goal of his/her dreams – getting the doctoral degree! But after the PhD is before the new job! The big question is “what is next?” “Do I want to go into industry? Do I want to stay in science? Should I go into science policy or management?” Well, that depends on the preferences of every single doctoral researcher, but the FZJ often wants to keep its excellent doctoral researchers a bit longer and offers them a postdoc position (meaning a position for a young scientist, who just finished his doctoral degree). If you are, right now or in a few years, in this situation – congratulations! However, you should know about some aspects, which have nothing to do with science. Before we get to the actual topic, you should know that this is not just of interest for scientist who want to become a postdoc, but for everyone working in the civil service (öffentlicher Dienst) with a union agreement (Traifvertrag) within Germany! So, read the next lines carefully!
On the level of doctoral researchers, the FZJ is quite international. Most of our international colleagues are coming from China and therefore, we want to dedicate this article especially to all Asian colleagues, employees and readers of this Blog! Chinese New Year, also known as the "Spring Festival" in modern Mainland China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. In contrast to the western Gregorian calendar, which is based on the earth’s orbit around the sun, the Asian countries use the Lunar calendar that is based on the moon’s orbit around the earth.
You have no idea what DocBlog stands for? You never heard about the DocTeam? Or maybe you heard about us, but you have no idea what we are doing? Then you are at the right place! This blog is created by the DocTeam (former called Studium Universale) and will be used to inform everyone interested, meaning doctoral researchers, master and bachelor students and other employees within the research center, as well as people from outside the FZJ. Unlike most of the other JülichBlogs, this blog is more about the interdisciplinary work of the DocTeam which is active in several committees and participating in multiple projects than about science. Before we start with our involvement in committees and projects, we first want to introduce ourselves! As mentioned before, we are called DocTeam; this name is a composition of Doc = abbreviation of doctoral researchers and Team = “A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project. […] A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.” (BusinessDictionary). You probably think now “what a smart-arse”, but actually, the definition of team, especially the second part of it, fits very well to what we are, as you will learn soon. Of course, also Master and Bachelor students are welcome to join! Now it is eventually time to introduce the members of the DocTeam
This week, the SC committee met in the historic city of Charleston in South Carolina. This was another so-called “Turnover” meeting. As I explained in this post, in a "turnover" meeting the outgoing SC committee (SC16 this time) meets with the now-in-charge committee for this year’s conference (SC17, so my committee!) to exchange ideas and experiences, discuss issues and problems and suggestions how to fix them for the next conference. This is one instrument SC uses to ensure quality and continuity over the years although the organizing committee changes from year to year.
"This first journey to Europe was about relying on myself but also asking for help when I needed it – and along the way, finding out how friendly strangers can be." In 2016, 7 RISE (Research Internship in Science and Engineering) students have been undertaking an internship at Forschungszentrum Jülich, each one lasting around three months. One of the RISE participants is Tasnim Abdalla, a 19-year old student studying health sciences and chemistry at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
I was very excited when I discovered that I was to go from Jülich to Chile for my research. And here I am! I feel privileged at having the opportunity to work surrounded by this amazing natural environment, especially as I have been travelling a lot since I have been here. That’s necessary anyway, since I'm collecting data in four national parks for my research. From the Atacama Desert to the monkey puzzle trees in Nahuelbuta’s pristine forests, the landscape changes at every turn.
Dr. Andreas Herten is a Post-Doc at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. He researches in accelerating scientific applications with graphics processing units (GPUs). Recently, he went to USA to give a tutorial at the largest conference for supercomputing. About 12 000 people visit the conference each year – and Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) does so as well.
As I explained in my last post, the "official" birth of the SC17 conference was on November 17, 2016, 8:25. However, only a day later, I am "really officially" in charge of the SC conference, when in a little behind-the-scences ceremony, the Key of the SC Conference was passed on form the past chair (John West, SC16) to me.
It is a SC tradition that on Thursday of the SC conference (this year: November 17th), next year's conference is unveiled to the public. In some sense, it is the "official" birth of the SC17 conference, even if I started to work on its organization now almost two years ago.
SC is not only a large technical conference with technical paper presentations, tutorials, workshops or panels, but also features a Research and Industry Exhibition where (this year) 349 exhibitors from industry, academia and research organizations from around the world presented their latest products, research and concepts in exhibition booths. Setting up the exhibition is quite some effort and actually starts days before the opening of the conference (and the exhibition).