Salzburg Festival workshop encourages new approaches to PhD work

Posted by pt91 at Sep 10, 2013 11:06 AM |
PhD student visits unique workshop in Austria encouraging discussion between arts and sciences
Salzburg Festival workshop encourages new approaches to PhD work

Credit: Roche

Charlotte Daly, was recently given the opportunity to visit the Salzburg Festival in Austria. One of only 100 students selected from all over Europe, she attended the week-long Roche Continents workshop, which encourages students to discover common ground for discussion and collaboration across disciplines in the arts and sciences.

During the day, students attended workshops hosted by a mix of scientists and artists. In the evenings, they were given a taste of the Salzburg Festival, which has a reputation as the world’s largest and most prestigious performing arts festival, as it stages operatic, theatrical and orchestral performances.

Charlotte praised Roche Continents for allowing students to work alongside other students from a diverse range of disciplines, such as scientists, composers, painters and theatre directors  from all over Europe. Major themes for the week focused on collaboration and encouraged new ideas and approaches towards PhD work.

Charlotte said: “Being able to meet so many new people meant that I came home with lots of new ideas for approaching my PhD work and a renewed enthusiasm for the more arty things I like to do.

“I was there with other scientists, composers, painters, theatre directors, statisticians and musicologists from all over Europe.  The friendly atmosphere and diverse group of people meant that every conversation was with someone who could offer a different perspective on things.

“I was so excited when I found out that I had been accepted. It was a real privilege to be able to take part in such a unique experience.”

Charlotte is already familiar with interdisciplinary studies as she woks jointly in the Departments of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, and Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr Don Jones, Charlotte’s supervisor, said “This was a fabulous opportunity for Charlotte as the workshop, held during the Salzburg festival, was restricted to just 100 top postgraduate students drawn from across Europe. She did remarkably well to be accepted into the workshop and her contribution no doubt reflected well on the University of Leicester.”