Faculty of Health at Aarhus University for over-the-years has developed a challenging, diverse research work groups which are unique by itself. Many of the groups at the faculty are having motivating work force which keeps them succeeding. Every group member is trained to be effective when they work independently or in a team. Work environment like this will help even a new member in a group to develop these skills.

My research group for example is formed by 13 group members, which consists of professor, post doc fellows, PhD students, research year students and research assistants. Our group is lead by 3 senior professors who work on different areas of renal physiology. Professors and students in our group are always open for discussions and eager to learn new things. We usually have laboratory meetings once a week sometime once every two weeks, where we discuss about our project and experimental problems. Most of the new ideas are valued and discussed. Creativity is always encouraged during laboratory meetings.

There will be a casual meeting every week where we have morning snacks and tea.  Sometimes we have social meetings outside the campus which help us to know and understand each other. During these meetings we talk about sport, religion, politics etc and do not force the conversation but allow it to flow naturally. These activities help us to communicate effectively and build a team spirit.

Many research groups at the university have similar activities which help them to get involved with each other and know better. University at its end also organises many social gathering to help research groups to get socialised with each other. University annual meetings, University fest, Christmas celebration etc are some of them. All of these social activities help us to create work environment which is motivating to others.

Ravikiran Mahadevappa
PhD Student at Aarhus University, Denmark