Angelica (Chemistry), worked in Trondheim
Going to Norway was a golden opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in a research laboratory and to be part of a scientific organization (SINTEF), where important real life challenges and problems are being studied and solutions explored. This proved to be exciting and rewarding on so many levels. The research carried out throughout the 12 months was the investigation of potential bipolar plate materials for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. SINTEF (Materials and Chemistry) is located within the chemistry department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) so I often shared laboratory time with final year Masters and PhD students. Accommodation was provided by SINTEF and was situated in a private university hall of residence, which made for a good social life. I tried cross-country skiing for the first time, which was tiring but still enjoyable! The eternally light days of summer compensated for the long, dark winter (a pair of hefty waterproof boots and a thick coat are highly recommended!). Everything is so well organised in Norway, everyone is helpful and English is like a first language.
My year working at SINTEF is one that I never envisaged but was so fortunate to have undertaken. I have discovered my love for Norway and made friends for life! The experience was unforgettable.