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Blog - Aniruddha Saha

Room 1.02, Haus1, Karl Liebknecht Straße, Golm, Potsdam – 14476 : My address for six months from Oct 1, 2021 to March 23, 2022.
How it all began?

Hi!! I am Aniruddha – an M.Tech student from Department of Hydrology at IIT- Roorkee. It all started on May 20th, when a confirmation mail of my selection as a Co-PREPARE master student landed to me. But with it came uncertainties - the 2nd wave of COVID 19, which had all strengths to cancel our visit to Germany. Things however took a good turn, and I finally landed Germany on 30th September,2021 - and a whole new world unraveled before me.

The first experience is always special – and that too travelling to Europe. Woo!! Excitement was at its peak. Prof Dr. Axel Bronstert – the Head of Institute for Environmental Sciences and Geography, Universität Potsdam hosted us at the Institute. He is a gem of a person – the sweetest person I have ever seen. The jolly person that he is, he never failed to greet me with a smile whenever he met me at the corridor or elsewhere – always asking how I was, and how were things going. I shall never forget the one thing he said to me, the very first time we met – “Don’t work on weekends.” I am still trying to work on this advice, and hopefully quite soon I shall be able to follow it.

Aniruddha_Saha_Blog_2 The lushy green-ness from my office window, which however didn’t stay long -” WINTER IS COMING”

“Natrisk Change Conference – 2021” – was the first big thing just after I reached Germany. My first ever conference where I got to hear various scientists and research scholars presenting their work, getting to meet them in person and converse with them. The Co-PREPARE team met together for the first time during the conference, and I got the opportunity to meet Prof Dr. Bruno Merz.

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Life started in quite well in Germany. My first meeting with my guide Dr Wolfgang went really well, giving me the perfect kick start to my dissertation work. I got an opportunity to work with the Institute’s workstation with 300GB RAM and 72 cores - which eventually was the biggest abutment to my work. I also got to attend the weekly seminars at the Natural Hazards group of Natrisk Change Project under Prof. Dr. Oliver Korup ; and also got to present my work. I am really lucky for the feedbacks I received, which helped me shape my work ahead.

Aniruddha_Saha_Blog_5 Wandering around the country-side in Golm

The Golm campus was situated at the outskirts of Potsdam. Rewe and Doner House at Golm were the two big support systems for me – If, food is life, then “Chicken Doners” are the mitochondria! The country side was a beautiful space, to go out for a walk or cycling. The LesCafe is the main hub of the campus – you interact, make friends, chill, enjoy! Of the few departments at the Golm Campus, I visited the Physics Department, whose Astrophysics section has an astronomical telescope.

Aniruddha_Saha_Blog_6 Viewing the moons of Jupiter, using the telescope set in Department of Physics, Uni Potsdam.

“Acha time itna jaldi kyu khatam ho jaata hai?” – It feels that the six months of scheduled stay at Germany ended in no time. It is an experience I shall relish all my life. The constant support of both my supervisors – Prof. Manoj and Dr. Wolfgang made things so easy and simple for me. Prof. Dr. Axel Bronstert – the constant smile on his face, every time I greet him in the office always made my day. He radiates happiness. A big thanks to Prof. Ankit Agarwal- PI, Co-PREPARE and his team for giving me this wonderful opportunity and being there for whatever help required. Being a master student, I have understood and felt what such an opportunity means to us in shaping our career and setting our goals. In return, I have tried in my minimum possible extent to help my juniors apply for this scholarship program and prepare for their visit to Germany.

Aniruddha_Saha_Blog_8 PS : You can’t keep a Bong away from a Durga Puja. I had my Kurta-Pajamas packed, and hopped to all the three Durga Puja Pandal’s in Berlin.