Chapter 11. April 2017 – Kristineberg and future for Ocean Fact
Easter and Mämmi
April is ringing at the door. If you have already travelled to Finland in April, have you tried the Mämmi? This is the typical dessert for Easter celebrations. A kind of molasses made of rye flour and malt. The texture is strange, the color is dubious, the taste is staggering (it looks like poo, it has the color of poop but I prefer not to know if it tastes like it). A little bit of sugar and custard make it easier to swallow. Few Finns appreciate it.
On the left: Mämmi – Credits: Martin Terber – CC BY-ND 2.0
On the right: Paskris or Feather tree – Credits: Pierre Olivier – Ocean Fact
As for the Mämmi, I have had quite a special experience with this one. The Erasmus association of which I am a member organizes blind dinners. Each one of the guest prepares dishes from his home country and we all tastes them blindfolded. It is a way to become aware of a handicap, such as being blind for example. Of course you don’t know what they are serving on your plate. I was served the pure Mämmi, which I hate (or hated). In my memories, the taste was revolting. Blindfolded, I asked to get some again twice. Then I removed the scarf and realized that it was Mämmi. Surprised and curious, I tried it again … the taste was disgusting again. As a matter of view, many of our perceptions hold only on a few things.
Second MARmaED Annual Meeting
April also marks the time of the year for meetings and reunions. Second Annual Meeting with the MARmaEDs. Heading to Sweden and the Sven Lovén Center of Kristineberg near Gothenburg. We were asked to prepare a somewhat special presentation: a Pecha Kucha. Six minutes 40s. 10s per slide, 20 slides, only pictures and an automatic transition. Better to be ready and to know your slides and your speech by heart. Learning was an exercise I have not done for years as I prefer to know my keywords and improvise. It was a good exercise and it didn’t hurt to perfect my presentation. I spent many hours working on that presentation.
I was also named responsible for leading the MARmaED blog. Indeed, the European commission requires us to write a blog and communicate our work to the public. I will produce a lot of content with my comrades which should bring contents on both platforms: MARmaED and OceanFact. Indeed, we discussed working together between the two platforms: benefits for the two platforms.
The Ocean Fact you might have missed:
Seapen are marine colonial cnidarians (that groups jellyfish, corals, anemones…) One seapen as on the picture is in fact a structured colony of several individuals. They share tasks within the colony with individuals specialized in feeding, others in reproduction. When stressed, they produce a green light by bioluminescence.
Time for the traditional local… mu… mu… music !
José González (yes, despite his name, he is from Gothenburg)
- Chapter 1 – My acceptance in the MARmaED PhD program – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 2 – Path to become a PhD student – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 3 – MARmaED: the strength of a doctoral program – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 4 – Åland island and Husö – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 5 – Hamburg 2016 – Miniature Wunderland – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 6 – Fall is coming – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 7 – Christmas gift – Scientific surprise – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 8 – A day at the lab in Finland – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 9 – Ice swimming and ice fishing – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 10 – Networking in Scotland – Ocean Fact
- Chapter 11 – Kristineberg and future for Ocean Fact – Ocean Fact