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ISCN 2018!

Do you know that KTH would host the 12th Annual International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in June? Oh well, now you know:)

WHAT IS ISCN?

The International Sustainable Campus Network provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas and best practices for acheiving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and training.

The theme of ISCN 2018 is: Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose

There was a call for abstract which was due 15th January. Here is a list of possible topics that were available then:

  • Promoting education for sustainable development
  • Promoting research for sustainable development
  • The role of academia in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable meeting solutions: Including examples of how Higher Education Institutes reduce their own impacts using mediated reality and technology for travel-free meetings
  • Gender, Diversity and Representation: Higher Education Institutes and Sustainable Development
  • The role of investment in supporting Sustainable Development
  • Campus operations, Campus Facilities and Campus development
  • Campus as Living Lab – education, research and collaboration in campus projects
  • Projects on campus (e.g., building, apps, student engagement, etc.)
  • Challenge driven education for global sustainable development
  • Incentives for integrating Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutes- including major university excellence ranking and rating organizations.

Take a look at the programme planned  for the conference here

I am very excited that this is taking place at KTH this year as you know that I believe everyone should take conscious efforts towards a sustainable lifestyle in all that we do. Furthermore, I have exciting news for you, if you are a KTH student! You can volunteer for this event!!

You can volunteer as a technical support or a host. You can  find more details about this here

There are benefits to volunteering for this programme and they include:

  • Free conference registration with free access to the conference’s day sessions (worth 3300 SEK)
  • All coffee breaks and lunches are provided
  • A chance to meet and network with established members of an international network devouted to sustainability and student sustainability peers!
  • A certificate of participation signed by KTH Sustainability Office
  •  And a really cool KTH t-shirt!

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

No previous experience is required and there’s no preference for any discipline or background (Good news right?). All you need to do is to send:

  • Curriculum Vitae (In English)
  • Short motivation on why you want to be a student volunteer.

Send this to Erica-Dawn Egan (edegan@kth.se)

Important information: The deadline to send in your application is March 2nd.

So, if you are interested in sustainability and to make an impact, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Taking baby steps as a pilot..

“As a pilot? I thought you were studying to become an energy engineer! ” As a reader of my posts, this statement might have just crossed your mind. Once upon a time, the only thing I wanted to be was an aeronautical engineer but I also planned to take some courses that would enable me fly some aircrafts but that was a really loooong time ago.

So, when I heard that SAAB was coming to KTH and then, seeing this at the entre, I certainly knew I would be there!

KTH provides a perfect platform for students to meet companies and vice-versa. Sometimes, these come as lunch seminars. Since the beginning of this semester, there has been a lunch seminar with a company almost every day at KTH. Most of them organised by THS Future and then you have this kind once a month at KTH Entré.

I was late for this lunch seminar as I had a class that ended at 12 exactly. On getting there, a presentation was ongoing on a new technology solution for control towers by SAAB. Next, another presentation by a professor and a student in the Department of Aeronautical and vehicle engineering on an on-going project to improve the material and structures of the aircraft and also, harness energy form the wings of these aircrafts.

After the presentations, it was time to try driving JAS 39 Gripen flight Stimulator. I drove the stimulator and tried landing too!

My fantasy finally became a reality, thanks to KTH 🙂

 

 

Ice Skating!

Photo credit: Jarturun Sukthong

Who would not want to skate with such a view to behold! I would say, absolutely no one! If you do not have gliding around this ice-skating rink at Kunsträdgarden in Stockholm on your bucket list, you might as well add it right away:)

After the first semester examinations, some of my friends and I decided it was the perfect time to go ice skating.  Moving to Sweden, Ice-skating fell on the top ten things I hoped to try out at Stockholm. The joy of getting it crossed out of the list was all the mental preparation I needed to balance myself on those skates!

Considering I have never skated before, I was prepared mentally to fall as many times as possible till I get the hang of gliding on ice with just two blades carrying my weight. However, I surprised myself as I did not fall as much as I expected. Special thanks to the experts that went along with me;)

There are other places you can ice skate at Stockholm but at Kunsträdgarden, you can rent the rates at a good price at 9:00 – 21:00 (weekdays) and 10:00-21:00 (weekends).

Marco gliding like a pro:)

You can tell I was excited (haha!)

In the video, you can hear the sound of the wind clearly. The strong winds and the cold temperatures did not deter us in any way because in Sweden, “Det finns inga dalinga väder, bra daliga kläder” which means

There is no such thing as a bad weather only bad clothing

Exam week!

Today begins the week we have all being study hard for!! Are you ready? Am I ready?

Below is my checklist for the exam period

I can say the first one is done, the second would still be ongoing the entire week but regardless, it is time to PERFORM!!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

Are we ready?

This weekend has to be very busy for most students at KTH as we prepare for examinations before Christmas. Due to this, I have spent the major part of this week studying. So, today is not any different as I woke up this morning to meet up with other students from my programme and what a reading marathon did we have!

In my opinion, one of the advantages of reading with groups is motivation. You might think, “but the examinations are enough motivation”;  there is a twist in this: when reading with people, there is a tendency to focus and read longer. For example, when reading in the library, there’s this sense of “we are many trying to achieve similar goals in this space” This gets better when the group of people you are with are trying to achieve the same goal. In this case, the same examination.The icing on the cake is that you can easily ask for help if you get stuck. Remember my post on asking questions?

One thing I love about my method of preparation today is the amalgamation of different study techniques. So, we all started reading individually with no one interception from anyone. Then, after the lunch break, we decided to work together for a bit and solve questions. (Good way to exchange knowledge and share ideas). After doing this for a while, we all went back to reading separately but this time, with the mindset that we are all free to answer questions from anyone who needs help. Then, we continued at this tempo till we called it a day!

You would not be wrong if you conclude that this is the same routine for tomorrow. We would study hard and get ready to smile when the results are out with the saying “WE DID IT”

To everyone preparing for exams, this post is a reassurance that there are other students studying as hard as you right now. With this, I wish everyone, GOODLUCK!

Some pictures from today;)

Getting ready to solve questions together

Can you guess what we are calculating?

Different people; different style of writing. Can you guess mine?

All work and no play makes Jack a … ( Do not joke with break times when studying for a very long time; greatest energy booster of all time!)