Ralph Glastonbury, a full-time PhD student at North-West University (NWU) in South Africa, visited NTNU from June 2nd to August 15th, 2017. During his stay, he worked on characterisation of material for his studies. Ralph’s research outputs are available on Researchgate.
In his own words: The availability of analytical instruments at NTNU, which are not available at my own university, made a significant contribution to my PhD. I hope to publish the most comprehensive paper regarding the characterization of industrials Søderberg electrode soon.’
He also used the opportunity to explore the cultural differences between South Africa and Norway.
Again his own words: ‘The first thing I noticed was how green everything is and how friendly all the people there are. Everyone was always willing to help when you ask for it (especially if you can’t find TGIF to meet fellow South Africans on your first day). While I was there I used the opportunity to go to a Viking festival in Steinkjer. I loved how authentic they tried to make it. I even got to see some mock Viking battles. I also got the chance to do some blacksmithing, something I’ve always wanted to do. It also gave me the chance to make some small gifts for friends back home.’
Ralph at the Viking festival:
Ralph trying his hand at blacksmithing:
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