Abel Díaz Berenguer (Cuba) joined ETRO in 2017 and obtained his PhD in 2021. His father was a Civil engineer, and during his childhood, he spent a lot of time with him in construction works. This triggered his curiosity to build and create things. Since Abel was a kid, he wanted to study ¨something¨ with computers and never had any doubt about studying engineering in informatics sciences.
The PhD program made him feel thoroughly responsible for your research project. Advisors progressively introduce you into the research environment and educate you on digging deeper into fundamental theories by promoting critical thinking. Abel noticed a lack of motivation to participate in dissemination activities that promote science communication. Students also did not feel the need to communicate and to encourage more collaboration between other fellows working in the same or different fields.
Abel enjoyed the Writing Bootcamp of the doctoral Training program very much. The three days course about writing scientific articles offered mainly many good tips about approaching the scientific writing process, which was a great help during the PhD.
Abel has great memories of chats, coffees, and plenty of amusing moments with colleagues. Those moments allowed him to overcome challenging days. The collaboration with close colleagues has been outstanding. Research is a process of knowledge sharing and co-creation with excellent colleagues that became family that stood by my side on long working days and nights.
Abel grew during his PhD into a person with more critical thinking towards solving any problem in life. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your research. Enjoy the learning process with perseverance, dedication, engagement, and curiosity for innovating. Push boundaries and never give up share knowledge and be a team player.
Abel wants to land in an academic environment, help others learn and learn from them. In a position to benefit society, share knowledge and contribute to building a better world for our children.