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LIVES PhD Students present their research to the Review Panel

The 2012 Site Visit of NCCR LIVES by international experts in Geneva was the occasion to focus on the work of the junior researchers. An exhibition of 41 posters presenting most of the thesis projects took place and was highly appreciated by the visitors.

Once a year, all national centers of competence in research must go through the examination of members of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and international experts composing the Review Panel.

For the 2nd Site Visit of NCCR LIVES on November 12-13, 2012, 10 members of this evaluation committee met the LIVES steering board, management team, IP leaders, PhD students and some senior researchers at the University of Geneva.

During the first day of the visit, the experts heard about NCCR LIVES achievements in terms of scientific research. Three poster sessions showing a total of 41 research projects were also organized in order to allow exchanges with the doctoral students.

“Impressed by junior researchers’ enthusiasm”

Members of the Review Panel like Monica Budowsky, Professor of sociology at the University of Freiburg, and Prof. François Héran, researcher at the Institut national d'études démographiques (France), said they were impressed by the junior researchers’ enthusiasm to present their work.

Thomas Griessen, scientific officer at the Swiss National Science Foundation, underlined that “experts appreciate this kind of personal exchanges with PhD students.”

“For the PhD students, it is also rewarding to get such feedbacks,” the scientific officer added. Many doctoral students confirmed that the experts gave them useful advices on their theoretical framework and research methods.