Arranging through my papers the other day, I stumbled across something that I almost forgot through the years! It was mid-2011 when I was still in the infancy of my PhD study! Right there and then, I got an invitation from my supervisor in the Information Engineering Research Unit, to present my progress to some faculty members as well as some students and members of the laboratory!
Panicking a bit, I prepared a short (not!) presentation about my work at the time (all 64 slides here) and presented it in front of 15-20 people that were there just to see how I’ve been doing with my research. It was the first time I really really spoke about my PhD research in front of more than 2-3 people and it was interesting! Mainly because I really saw how some things were not as clear for me as well, as they were not for the people listening me presenting. There and then I really understood on which things I should focus for the upcoming period, so that I could be more “convincing” and convinced next time I present in front of people! Plus, I also got this cool certificate as a memoire!
From that day, I don’t remember much more. After the presentation there was some short discussions with the attendants and then back to the hotel to relax a bit before having some farewell beers in the evening around the old town of Alcala de Henares. Thinking back at those days, I usually end up smiling about everything. The small cervecerias, the serious conversations about the PhD and the less serious ones about the situation in Greece, etc. But most of all, this friendly atmosphere and kind support that was created by my spanish supervisors, Salvador and Miguel, that always made me feel like home, even at the time when the only spanish words I knew were “dos cervecas” and “patatas bravas”!