An Academic Adventure: Field Trip log for Etienne's PhD Project: OCEAN CONCEPT GENERATORDecember 3 2014
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The adventure starts at the HOMEBASE!
A bit more than 3 years ago I received a phone call from my amazing Norwegian friend Berit while I was in the subway in Paris, on my way back to Norway after another academic adventure which took me to Iceland, France, Portugal and Norway again.
Berit was so excited that I could barely understand what she was telling me. At last I got it: "I found a house! It's a treasure! Get your ass up here!". So I came back and moved in to this house with Berit and another dear friend. I've lived there since then - and it is indeed a treasure house, on a treasure island (a peninsula actually).
And it's from this dream home base that the adventure is starting again! Below is the view from my room, with Oslo in the background. The adventure rings every morning when I take the ferry to go to town to go about my research.
For the next 3 years I will carry out an applied research project qualifying for a PhD degree. It took me almost one year to build up the project and get funding for it. It's been years I've been dreaming to do that, and at some point it kind of happened. I am cramming a lot of ideas that I've been wanting to research for a long time, coming from other projects that I did previously:
- my work as maritime engineer, consultant on projects related to ship design and operation
- my voluntary work as academic coordinator for the project "Protei Open Source Sailing Robots"
- my voluntary work as manager of "The Sunshine Factory", a shared work and cultural space in my local community.
I am passionate about the ocean, and ocean exploration. My long term goal is to live in symbiosis with and on the ocean. For the moment, I am patiently building the steps towards this goal. Yet, I see myself already as an explorer. That is my main drive. I am constantly meeting new people teaching me new concepts, and together we often get crazy and come up with new ideas.
The OpenExplorer initiative is taking up the immensely important responsibility that new generations have to be endlessly curious, question existing practices, and collectively invent new ones that will improve our experience of our world.