i thought I'd already published ah well better late than never:
So I thought is was time for an end of year post for 2012, considering all that's happened during the year.
Note: I've absolutely no idea how many people still have this in there RSS feeds, so it will be interesting to see if any one views this.
So as those who know me are probably aware I applied for and was awarded a Scholarship to study for a PhD in Genomics/Sequencing in late 2011 by my employer (LIC). After investigating a few options I decided that the best supervisor for my interests would be Michel Georges head of Animal Genomics at The University of Liege based in Liege, Belgium.
|Liege & The Meuse @ Sunset - December 2012|
After this was agreed on by all parties it was decided that it would be best to start in the first Semester of the European academic year, October 2012. As a result I spent most of 2012 living in NZ working for LIC on there next generation sequencing project and taking a few papers at the local University (University of Waikato) and attending a couple of conferences.
|San Deigo, USA - Jan 2012|
|University of Waikato - Hamilton, NZ|
|Knox Chapel - Dunedin, NZ|
|Banks Peninsula - Canterbury NZ|
A few Interesting things about Liege:
Liege is one of the major cities of Wallonia, the French speaking region of Belgium and as such French is the primary language. This can make for interesting times for a monolingual English speaker, as many of the older locals (30+), speak very little English or prefer to pretend they don't speak any.
Belgium is slightly obsessed with your address. Unlike New Zealand (at least as far as I'm aware) the location in which your living is of critical importance when ever you try to deal with any official in Belgium. As such you are required to register where you are living with the Local city hall (both Citizens and Visitors) if your planning to stay for more than a short period of time. Once you've registered with the city hall they send a Police officer to visit you at the location you've specified to confirm you do actually live there and the Police register it as your place of Residence. This can cause so irritation if you've just arrived and are looking for an apartment as you need a permanent address for Residency, you need Residency for Health Insurance and so on. Theoretically you need a local address for a Bank account though thankfully I managed to get away with using my NZ address to many peoples surprise for the first couple of months. Though the Bank did managed to send my first bank card to NZ which was slightly troublesome.
Anyway I eventually managed to settle in and start the PhD work.