Ibrahim (ESR9) realized his 1st secondment from 31/07/17 to 25/08/17. He left Jouy-en-Josas in France to Frankfurt in Germany.
The experience of the secondment was useful on many levels. Changing the working place from a research institute and going to another lab in a company helped me to see research from a different point of view and was a good chance to have a closer look on the research and development field inside companies.
Spending a part of the PhD inside a company allowed me to get in touch with the practical applications of the field of bioinformatics and was an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with the other ESRs who have different research background, integrating statistical, Informatics and biological backgrounds was an important key point of the secondment.
On a personal level, living in another country different than your home country and your residence country is quite useful for widening the social prospective. It helps to realize and appreciate many things that someone may take for granted. I did enjoy many of my times there learning about Germany in general and Frankfurt in Particular, I had the chance to travel a bit inside Germany during the weekends to maximize the benefits of discovering the country while I am staying there.