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WWW-YES feed-back: 2009 - 2013

by Daniel Thevenot - published on , updated on

Opinions of WWW-YES participants at the end of the workshop

Major benefits below have been collected from individual follow-up forms filled by each participant of recent WWW-YES editions:


  • 2013 edition at Arcueil

    • Gabriela CABESTANY RUIZ (Mexico)
      • The most important benefits were to have the opportunity to meet other PhD students from different countries and to learn from their personal and profesional experiences.
      • To improve my use of English as the only communication language was an important benefit as well.

    • Erik PORSE (USA)
      • Opportunity to learn about work processes and collaboration activities from water professionals throughout the world.
      • Fantastic networking opportunities to get to know other young professionals.
      • Excellent motivation to synthesize current research into a coherent presentation.
      • Opportunity to chair a discussion panel.

    • Matteo RUBINATO (Italy)
      • Many key aspects can be highlighted as improvements for the PhD career:
        • Reviewing a paper prior the workshop;
        • Submitting a water survey dealing with private/public data;
        • Improving an oral presentation in English
        • Challenging each PhD with 30 minutes discussion and further dialogue with participants;
        • Preparing a research project dealing with budget, planning and different backgrounds

  • 2012 edition at Arcueil

    • Maya BENAMI (USA & Israel)
      • Presentation practice, grant writing practice, public speaking practice, international cooperation, connections with other students!
      • Amazing! I had a great time and learned a lot! Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Diana BERNAL SUAREZ (Colombia)
      • Interchange of information and knowledge among researchers in world wide. Receive comments, criticisms and suggestions to the research that I am doing is enriching. At the same time it is an opportunity to know trends, alternatives and scopes of the other research topics that are under development and learn about that.
      • I would like that this workshop has more publicity in Latin America, it is a good opportunity to measure the level of PhD studies in Latin America compared with other contexts in the world.
      • Excellent organization and good method to develop the workshop.

    • Temitope Dare Timothy OYEDOTUN (Nigeria)
      • Privilege to meet other international young scientists.
      • It is also another ’plus’ to my CV and will also play a prominent role during the annual promotion at my place of work (home University).
      • Great, fantastic, enlightening, challenging and highly educating.

    • Adelaide ROGUET (France)
      • Put yourself in the shoes of researchers.
      • Speak English and become familiar with many different accents.
      • Discover different ways of life of PhD students.
      • Share plenty of good moments.
      • I spent an unforgettable week. Thank you again for accepting me. I remain in direct contact with of numerous PhD doctorants. This workshop opened my mind.

    • Ritu SINGH (India)
      • Benefits of interaction with resource persons and participants.
      • A talk/presentation by resource person on subjects related to the theme on research being carried out by them, can be built in the first half of a few days. Would help in improving learning experience.
      • WWW-YES is a very well organised workshop. Time allotment to various sections is optimum, interaction are rich and effective in self-improvement of participants.

    • Piotr WILINSKI (Poland)
      • Work in international group of students.
      • Possibility to extend the knowledge from water management, chemistry, microbiology etc...
      • Possibility of get the knowledge of the most important problems in different parts of the world related to water.
      • Paris city sightseeing
      • It was great experience. One week of work in good mood of all participants, possibility to extend the knowledge, learn about other cultures and countries. It will defenitely stay in memory and each of the participant will get some benefit from it.



  • 2011 edition at Arcueil

    • Marie-Laure DE BOUTRAY (Canada)
      • It was very interesting to talk to other PhD students in the same field but from different countries and to share different points of view
      • It was also very informative to listen and to interact with sociologists and lawyers, etc.
      • I really appreciated the multidisciplinary group that we were
      • The cooperation research project was very challenging
      • It was a very good advice to recommend us (the PhD student from Paris) to stay at Arcueil site with the rest of the group during the whole workshop. I personally enjoyed this experience and learned a lot by talking to my fellows after 6 PM.
      • Gain confidence in speaking in front of a group
      • Gain confidence in speaking English

    • Rafael FLORES (Brazil)
      • To me the most important benefits of attending the workshop was to see how the topic of water, or urban waters, is approached through such a diverse variety of perspectives. Also, to be in touch with researchers of different parts of the world was a very rich experience.

    • Matias NIETO TOLOSA (Spain)
      • Getting diversity of backgrounds involved into the "Urban Water" huge topic, useful for research and practice.
      • Being sharing 24 hours a day several spaces and activities among researchers from different countries.

    • Mathilde SOYER (France)
      • Very insightful exchanges with some PhD’s from the international scientific community of water studies.
      • Very fulfilling to talk with people having the same kind of problems or questions, such as : how to produce a sociological analysis on technical topics ? How to get along with the hard sciences community ?
      • It was a very very intense week ! And I did really appreciate the fact that we did "teach each other", without too many interventions of "senior researchers" telling what was the "clue" or the best answer... I think we pretty much guessed what was good or wrong (regarding chairing someone’s presentation, in preparing the research project...) thanks to people’s questions, reactions, collective debates... It’s important to realize that. We have not always to wait for THE TEACHER’S LESSON, we can learn from each others, from in-genuine questions, we can make our own opinion, we can argue something in front of each other... It is really another way to learn, trusting us and our peers.



  • 2010 edition at Arcueil

    • Solène GILBERT (France)
      • Speaking in English during a few days with people having different accents
      • Meeting foreigners with different cultures
      • Good training in many scientific activities. To me, the most interesting ones were writing a paper, doing an oral presentation, asking and answering questions, working as a team
      • Hearing from other studies in the field of water and environment
      • Field visit (I had never heard about creek revitalization before!)
      • Having advice (from both PhD students and senior scientists ie Mr Thévenot and Mr Seidl) to improve our work (methodology and results) and the way to present it (context/explanations and good or bad looking of the slides)

    • Elhaji SONKO (Senegal)
      • This workshop enabled me to write and exchange ideas in English, something not easy for a francophone. I meet and live with people of different cultures which is cultural enrichment.
      • I have also been initiated into the evaluation of paper or a research project or the writing of such project’s.

    • Kelly GRANBERG (USA)
      • The opportunity to discuss our research projects (and ask questions of other’s) in a student-focused environment has many benefits. Though projects were often diverse and of differing fields, basic research issues are the same and the ability to discuss these helps elucidate ones own research and see its real world significance. I saw first-hand the importance of justifying ones research topic and methodologies openly while acknowledging drawbacks and limitations.
      • It is also of great use to meet and work with multinational and multidisciplinary student researchers in large and small group projects, especially in the environmental field that deals with complex global issues. I realize the focus on low income countries was also very important after meeting representative students and hearing about their research.
      • The workshop is highly organized and well structured for utmost productivity and utility. While having a strong organizational component, there were opportunities at the workshop to be student-driven as well.
      • The workshop had a good mix of activities for a variety of learning experiences.

    • Carina FUROSHO (Brazil)
      • The feedback from all the participants of my work and detailed discussion that followed each presentation.
      • The experience of working with people from all over the world was really great as well.



  • 2009 edition at Arcueil

    • Elfrida CARSTEA (Romania)
      • Learning how to interact and make scientific connections
      • Making a scientific presentation
      • Developing a project
      • Developing the ability to gather, sort and present water survey data

    • Mouhamad LIADY (Benin)
      • The qualities of the selected participants who were all involved in all the activities during these four days. This behaviour made it possible to make many comments on our presentations in order to help us improving our methodology and our PhD works.
      • The English speaking environment which was taking place.
      • The friendliness of all the organizers.

    • Ons OUESLATI (Tunisia)
      • It was the first time for me to do the reviewer.
      • The most important benefits is the understand how to prepare a proposal for a research project.
      • Working in a team.
      • Practising my presentation skills.

    • Daniel VON ROOIJEN (The Netherlands)
      • Professional and informal interaction with peer PhD students.
      • Reflection on own PhD progress through comparison with other PhD students.