During this long period of absence, I have been doing great things. Brace yourself for 9 months of ginger wisdom.
I’ll let you choose whichever is most fitting.
The main highlights – going to Venice with some of the INTREPID group, going to Canada to experience true cold, and trying to organise data collection. I will mainly be discussing the latter which has proven the most challenging.
Photographic evidence of me being in Venice.
Experiencing Canada and making contact with the local fauna.
During these past months, I have been in the process of trying to get ethical approval for my project, a necessary step in order to proceed with any kind of data collection involving human beings. The Ethics Committee of the University is responsible for going through the description of each project, ensuring that research does not cross ethical boundaries, and approving (or not) the premise of those projects. Many projects involving the collection of fingerprints have already been done at the University, yet for me this process has been difficult since some elements of my project differ from the norm. This led to a succession of discussions with the Ethics Committee that spread over months. The challenge for me was to explain technical things, in enough details for non-specialists to understand, and yet presented in an understandable manner.
A typical therapy session at PhD anonymous.