Ten hours of daylight when I arrived, seven when I left. This is part of the magic of Norway. The days are shortening fast in autumn, and the light is different from any other place I have been before. Even the rain and the cold weather were not a downside of the time I spent there between October and November 2022. The working environment and the company outside the university were warm enough to balance the outside.
During my four-weeks secondment, I worked closely with the PIs Elena Celledoni and Brynjulf Owren and the ESR 5 Ergys Çokaj. The project focuses on contractive flows on Riemannian manifolds, and we proved some theoretical results and spent time looking for suitable numerical examples.
Among other things, I was able to attend the doctoral seminar and a talk on geometric finite elements by Dr. Oliver Sander, Professor at Technische Universität Dresden. Working in a large group is rather different from what I am used to, but it was nice to meet new people and share the experience of the PhD.
On weekends, we went for walks in and around the city of Trondheim. We relaxed in the sauna on the ocean and enjoyed many evenings together.
I am very grateful for the welcome I received and hope to meet again in future collaborations and conferences with many of the people I have had the pleasure to meet here.
contributed by Denise Tumiotto (ESR 1)